Exit interview: Michael Dagostino, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Showing you can 'make' your own career, Dagostino is soon to head up one of Australia's leading university galleries ... without a degree himself.
Gallery Director Michael Dagostino. Photo Nicholas Smith.

Michael Dagostino has been Director at Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) since 2011, the fourth director in the organisation’s history. He was hired to fill the shoes of outgoing director Lisa Havilah, who had led a major redevelopment of the space. That was the last time C-A-C had received a major cash injection – some $5.5 million under NSW’s Carr Government.

But as ArtsHub sits down with Dagostino to reflect on his tenure, he is still reeling from the previous day’s news. After years of lobbying, the Campbelltown City Council has secured a $79 million grant to expand C-A-C from the NSW Government’s $5 billion WestInvest program. That makes C-A-C the largest recipient of arts and culture infrastructure funding in the latest funding round.

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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