Name: Lisa Havilah
Role: CEO Carriageworks
Office Size: 5 x 8m
We met Lisa in the meeting room at Carriageworks.
She thinks that Live Art is starting to move into other areas – things like David Young with Chamber Made Opera doing opera in a loungeroom.
Carriageworks fits in with the rest of Sydney by being a place for contemporary artworks – hosting festivals like the Sydney biennale and the Sydney festival.
In terms of their own program they are going to work with the context of Carriageworks – its location and its scale. In terms of location – it is in Redfern and the Aboriginal community is key to its history and identity. It is a nationally recognised place for indigenous people, Carriageworks wants to connect with a history of Aboriginal practice, of aboriginal politics and the history of Black Theatre which the tent embassy came out of.
They will also make new works which reference this history. Carriageworks will also work with the scale of the building – so work that takes on the scale of the building and then work that is a counterpoint to the scale – ephemera. In addition to these foci Carriageworks will also engage with the Asia Pacific area, producing culturally diverse or cross cultural work with ideas of exchange. “Live Art is the reason that we were able to bring more audiences” Rosie Dennis came in as the live art curator and deepened the level of engagement. It is incredibly resource heavy to keep the engagement going like with her project Minto:Live at Campbelltown Arts Centre (where she was previously Artistic Director) Audiences weren’t engaging with art in Campbelltown they were engaging with an idea or a point in time, something that reflects them.