Lisa Havilah on what is needed to lead MAAS into the future

After just five weeks in the job as the new CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Havilah has faced the big questions of the Powerhouse’s future at an industry event.
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Lisa Havilah, CEO Museum of Applied Arts and Science; photo ArtsHub

Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) recently appointed its fourth leader in five and a half years, with former Carriageworks CEO, Lisa Havilah taking up the position in January.

Part of her role is to navigate the institution through the current state government’s planned $1.17 billion move of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. And with NSW state elections around the corner, and an Opposition that has alternative plans, stakeholders across the sector are watching keenly.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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