- Article by Natalie Mortimer
Lisa Havilah, the director of Sydney contemporary arts centre Carriageworks, is to leave the organisation to take on the role of CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).
Havilah has been with Carriageworks for eight years, during which time she secured partnerships with major cultural events including Sydney Festival, Vivid Sydney, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Sydney Contemporary and expanded Carriageworks programs to include major food events that have brought together chefs and producers from around Australia.
Chair of Carriageworks, Sam Mostyn, says: “It is with mixed emotions that we farewell Lisa Havilah from Carriageworks. We are disappointed to be losing her but delighted she is moving to lead another of NSW’s most significant cultural institutions.
“In her time at the helm, Lisa has transformed the Carriageworks precinct into one of the most significant arts and culture sites in the country. She has taken visitation numbers from 110,000 in 2010, to 1.32m in 2017. She has brought to Sydney important international contemporary artists such as Katharina Grosse, Christian Boltanski, Zhang Huan and Ryoji Ikeda; worked to celebrate and house many local arts and performance organisations, and supported new works from Indigenous artists and companies.”
The Carriageworks board has now commenced a national and international search for the next leader of Carriageworks.
Havilah says of her departure: “I am incredibly proud of what I, the Board and staff at Carriageworks have achieved together over the past eight years, creating what has become the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia. I’m confident to be leaving Carriageworks in the strongest position of its history. I will work closely with the Board and staff at both Carriageworks to ensure a smooth transition phase.”
Havilah will commence her new role on 7 January 2019.