Massive program is Lisa Havilah’s last hurrah for Carriageworks

Massive program is Lisa Havilah’s last hurrah for Carriageworks

December 3, 2018

Outgoing Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah has released her final program for the inner-city arts centre before she takes up the top job at the troubled Powerhouse Museum early next year.

And Havilah has pronounced herself well satisfied with what she has achieved during her eight years at the helm in Redfern.

Moving on: Lisa Havilah has produced here final program for Carriageworks.Credit:Janie Barrett

"I'm super happy with how Sydney has embraced Carriageworks," she said. "To build an audience from 100,000 to 1.4 million over that period is a great endorsement of what everyone has worked together to achieve.

"A lot of the artists we have worked with we have continued to bring back to Sydney so we have been able to grow the relationship between artists and audiences well."

Next year's artistic program is a typically ambitious and diverse line-up that will support more than 900 artists across 86 projects and includes 36 new Australian commissions.

Projects range from contemporary chamber opera and theatre to experimental art and dance, with a continuing emphasis on Indigenous artists.

"I think next year will encapsulate what Carriageworks is all about," said Havilah, "which is investing in artists and companies to present really great contemporary new work that goes across the intersections of many disciplines.

"Carriageworks collaborates with a whole range of incredible companies, cultural institutions and festivals."

Among the dizzying range of offerings for 2019 will be a new opera from Sydney-born composer Elliott Gyger based on Peter Carey's novel Oscar and Lucinda.

Meanwhile, for a week in February Moogahlin Performing Arts will present Koori Gras, described as "a series of creative cultural, arts events for local, interstate and international First Nations qweer artists, thinkers and communities".

In March and June The National returns. A collaboration between Carriageworks, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition will profile the work of 150 living Australian artists.

And veteran artist Mike Parr will premiere a major new work, The Eternal Opening, in which a scale replica of Melbourne's Anna Schwartz Gallery will be built within Carriageworks.

The popular night markets will return as will the Sydney Writers Festival, Liveworks experimental art festival and the Sydney Festival.

Havilah said she was looking forward to the new challenge of overseeing the Powerhouse's controversial move to its new $1.17b home in Parramatta, adding she was happy that Carriageworks was on the right track.

"We really want Carriageworks to represent contemporary urban Sydney in a new way," she said. "That's what Carriageworks has done and will continue to do."

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