Global Development Opportunities for Leaders Working in Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Carriageworks


Lisa Havilah has recently been appointed Director of Carriageworks, Sydney.

From 2005 – 2010 Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Under her directorship Campbelltown Arts Centre pioneered a multidisciplinary contemporary arts program, bringing together artists and communities across disciplines to examine ideas through the processes of producing contemporary art.

Lisa was previously Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1998–2004).  Lisa specialises in the intersection between contemporary art and community engagement. She has developed and managed a range of national and international exchange, exhibition and residency programs. She has lectured in Management and Organisation (Master of Fine Arts) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.  Previously she has been the Chair of Arts NSW’s Western Sydney Program which was responsible for the implementation of the State Government strategy to deliver arts and cultural infrastructure across Western Sydney.

Host Organisation

Carriageworks is a multi-arts precinct that presents an annual program of contemporary work that engages communities with contemporary ideas and issues.  One of the primary commitments within the Carriageworks program is the development of contemporary urban Aboriginal works and providing opportunities through inclusion in national and international projects. Carriageworks engages with the diverse cultural demographic of Sydney through presenting work from across the Asia Pacific region.

The Carriageworks Cultural Precinct will emerge from an artistic programming model that is focused on providing contemporary programs that directly reflect the unique cultural demographic of Sydney.  An important tier of Carriageworks Artistic Program is projects that Carriageworks develop in partnership with artists, arts companies and communities.  At the implementation of this plan, in 2012, Carriageworks will produce and present more content than ever before, with more than two thirds of the artistic program self-produced.


Sally Hobson