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SURVIVAL SHOULD NEVER BE THE AIM | ARTSHUB

May 23, 2016

Visual Arts Writer, Artshub

Lisa Havilah explains why cultural institutions should be radical and participatory, and shares her secrets to success.

Lisa Havilah, Director Carriageworks, has garnered a reputation for turning multi-platform organisations into dynamic financial and publically engaged successes, with Carriageworks described as the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia.

Today she delivered the paper, The next generation of the cultural institution, to a group of arts professionals at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia as part of the Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast Series.

In the extract below, Havilah reveals her recipe for success: entrepreneurial thinking and new artistic and business models are vital for growing our institutions.

Key points:

  • Survival should never be the aim.
  • We as a community and as individuals should demand a lot of our institutions.
  • Culture in Australia will continue to suffer unless we have a national arts policy.
  • Arts and culture needs to be de-institutionalised.
  • We need to constantly rethink our management and operating systems to develop new hybrid models of activity and outcomes.
  • Our growth has been achieved through taking an expansive notion of collaboration and embedding it across the institution.
  • Collaboration has to be considered core business and the commercial and the public must be constantly colliding in new ways.

VIEW ARTICLE: THE NEXT GENERATION OF CULTURAL INSTITUTION, BY LISA HAVILAH