Exit interview: AGSA’s Lisa Slade on blurring the zones

For Lisa Slade education and curatorial leadership have always blurred. ArtsHub speaks with her on leaving the Art Gallery of South Australia for the University of Melbourne.
Woman with yellow shirt, glasses, and big earrings, smiling, in front of Aboriginal painting. Lisa Slade.

When Dr Lisa Slade began her career, education played a central role. ‘As an educator, I’ve always thought about the historic context of something, but I’ve always been absolutely hell bent on what it means to make it anew in the future,’ she says.

While the recent announcement of Slade’s move from the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) – where since 2011 she has held the roles of first Curator then Assistant Director, Artistic Programs – to the University of Melbourne may have come as a surprise to some, education is in her DNA.

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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