Exit interview: David Campbell, Mona Senior Designer

After 10 years at Mona, Campbell reflects on his career to date and ponders what comes next.
A back and white photo of a man sitting at a table with his hands folded in front of him. He has dark hair, designer stubble and wears a dark, long-sleeved shirt.

David Campbell never meant to stay at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) for a decade. Nor did he initially see himself putting down roots in Tasmania when he first started as Mona’s Senior Designer in September 2011.

‘When I first moved down here I was planning to get back to Melbourne as quickly as I could, but Hobart has become an incredible town. It’s really blossomed over the past 10 years,’ said Campbell, who recently left Mona after a decade at David Walsh’s private and popular museum.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts