Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Carriageworks names Blair French as new Chief Executive

Carriageworks names Blair French as new Chief Executive
May 28, 2019

The Board of Sydney’s Carriageworks venue has announced the appointment of Blair French as its new Chief Executive, replacing Lisa Havilah who now head Sydney’s MAAS and Powerhouse Museum.

French will take up his new position in August , moving from his current role of Director, Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where he has been responsible for the development and delivery of MCA’s artistic and digital programs as well as management of the MCA Collection through leadership of the Curatorial and Digital Division of the Museum.

Announcing the appointment, Carriageworks Chair, Sam Mostyn advised “after a comprehensive national and international search process, we have no doubt Blair is the right person to lead the next era of Carriageworks.

“Blair has had a distinguished career across the arts sector, having held leadership positions at four of Sydney’s key contemporary arts organisations, playing major roles in the maturing of their business operations, the extension of their national and international reputations through innovative programming and extensive relationship building, and their development of audiences across a wide spectrum of artistic practices.

“He is passionate about the capacity of creative practices to change the lives of individuals and the vitality of communities.”

Looking forward to his new role, French stated “Carriageworks is without doubt the most significant and exciting contemporary arts organisation to have emerged in Australia during the 24 years that I have lived and worked here. And one of the most engaging I have encountered anywhere internationally over this period.

“Living close to Carriageworks, it is part of my everyday life, feeds my imagination and acts as a crucial hub in my experience of creative and socially engaged Sydney communities. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Carriageworks into the future. I look forward to beginning work with the wonderful team there, the many partners and friends of Carriageworks, its audiences and the artists whose ideas and work it strives to support.”

Mostyn acknowledged the interim leadership role performed by Euan Upston since Havilah’s departure.

As a curator French has worked with a wide and diverse range of artists including Bruce Barber, Chicks on Speed, Simon Denny, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Hilarie Mais, Ho Tzu Nyen, Rose Nolan, Peter Robinson and Francis Upritchard.

He was curatorial convenor of the 6th (2010 - 2011) and curator of the 7th (2013) iterations of SCAPE Public Art: Christchurch Biennial, and one of the initiators and co-curators The National: New Australian Art, co-presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

French was also President of Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (2006-2009), a nationwide network of contemporary art spaces. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney, and has lectured and published extensively.

Image: Blair French, courtesy of the MCA.

Related Articles

11th March 2019 - Half a million attendees drawn to 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane

11th March 2019 - Attractions and art venues continue to offer wellness experiences

27th December 2018 - Striking design unveiled for Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns

13th November 2018 - Carriageworks commences search for new Director

3rd June 2018 - Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery to open as part of expanded NGV

29th November 2017 - Carriageworks announces 1.2 million visits for 2017

19th December 2016 - Carriageworks to open 12 new artist studios, creative industry and community spaces in January

14th March 2016 - Carriageworks unveils $50 million venue expansion plans

19th November 2015 - Carriageworks collaboration to boost Sydney’s arts and culture

8th October 2014 - Museum of Contemporary Art masters event management

29th March 2012 - Redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opens


Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.

Click here to view our subscription options.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 

Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security

 
 

TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business