Kirsten Downie

Kirsten Downie

Director of Marketing

Kirsten joins AFTRS from the Australian Museum, Sydney, where she was Head of Marketing & Communications. A senior executive with a passion for professional marketing, audience development, branding, sponsorship and communications, Kirsten has held leadership positions in iconic cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Sydney Opera House, and for marketing and creative agencies in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. She has also previously held a senior position at Destination NSW.

Kirsten is responsible for the overall positioning and promotion of AFTRS to students and stakeholders and is developing new opportunities for partnerships.

Professional History

1999-2005, Senior Client Service Manager - Millmaine Entertainment
2005-2008, Performing Arts Marketing Manager - Sydney Opera House
2008-2011, Head of Marketing and Communications - National Gallery of Australia
2011-2014, Director, Marketing, Development and Memberships - The Art Gallery of NSW 
2014-2014 Event Development Manager, Business Activation - Destination NSW
Head of Marketing and Communications - Australian Museum


Graduate Diploma in Arts Management - RMIT University 2001

Australian Writers and Art Directors School 1995

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.