Vanessa Keenan

Vanessa brings over 20 years of experience to her position as Managing Director of Acorn Creative Group from within the private sector, non-profit, State Government and Local Government as well as successfully running a busy independent consultancy for a number of years.

She has significant project management experience across a broad range of sectors in the arts and cultural industry and award winning community engagement projects under her belt.

Vanessa’s roles in arts management and her communication background give her an ability to not only understand the requirements for delivering projects but also build and manage an effective network of stakeholders and project champions.

Vanessa is also currently Museums & Galleries NSW Museum Advisor for AlburyCity, Greater Hume Shire and Snowy Valleys Councils. In 2020 Vanessa was named a Regional Arts Australia Fellow.

She is the Curator of Arbour Festival, a multi-artform festival held across the fifty days of the one year anniversary of the Dunn’s Road Fire in the Snowy Valleys from 28 December 2020 to 15 February 2021.

In her spare time, Vanessa is restoring a circa 1880 building in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.

At Acorn, Vanessa leads a team of multi-discipline experts with experience in specialist photography, curation, producing and exhibition design.