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New President named for Arts Centre Melbourne
Social entrepreneur Ian Carson has been named the new President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, overseeing the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Australia’s largest performing arts complex, the Centre includes Hamer Hall, the Theatres Building and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and last year the centre welcomed more than 3.7 million people to performances, exhibitions, festivals and public education programs.
Starting his career as an accountant, Carson has extensive experience in business start-ups, including as one of the founders of specialist consulting company PPB.
In 2005 he co-founded SecondBite with his wife Simone Carson, providing Australians in need of fresh and healthy food with more than 105 million meals. For this work they were awarded the Order of Australia in 2017 followed by Melburnians of the Year in 2018.
Carson is currently Chairman of Markets at PWC and is also a trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He is dedicated to ensuring that arts and creativity thrive in Australia and sees Arts Centre Melbourne’s role as central to this.
Carson succeeds James MacKenzie who has served as President of the Trust since 2015. During this time he has overseen ambitious initiatives at Arts Centre Melbourne like the opening of the Australian Music Vault, the return of the Summer Musical and the inaugural Asia TOPA.
He has also been instrumental in the Arts Precinct Transformation project which includes the reimagining of the 35-year-old Theatres Building, a new gallery for the Australian Performing Arts Collection, an expanded Australian Music Vault and a new creative hub on 1 City Road.
Looking forward to his new role, Carson stated “I look forward to working closely with the Trustees, CEO Claire Spencer and the broader team at Arts Centre Melbourne to take the organisation deeper into its journey of transformation and reimagining.”
9th April 2019 - New initiative to promote Australian cultural attractions
21st February 2019 - Architects partner to redesign Melbourne Arts Precinct
2nd September 2018 - Architects appointed to reimagine Arts Centre Melbourne
20th December 2017 - Australian Music Vault opens in Melbourne
23rd September 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne to be home to Australia’s music hall of fame
13th December 2016 - Australia to get Music Industry Hall of Fame
14th October 2015 - James MacKenzie named new President of Arts Centre Melbourne
18th December 2013 - New Hamer Hall welcomes almost 400,000 patrons in first year of operations
13th June 2013 - Planning protection for Melbourne’s arts precinct
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