Carolyn hon­oured for service to arts

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THE rea­son be­hind West Aus­tralian Opera ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Carolyn Chard’s decades-long ded­i­ca­tion to the arts can be summed up with a quote by Ital­ian opera com­poser Giuseppe Verdi.

“There is a quote by Verdi that cap­tures for me why we work and live in the arts: ‘I adore art… when I am alone with my notes my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes and my emo­tion and my joys are too much to bear’,” she said.

Her service to the arts was recog­nised when she was ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in the Queen’s Birth­day 2018 Hon­ours List.

Ms Chard’s segue into theatre came when she com­pleted an arts man­age­ment de­gree at WAAPA af­ter work­ing in bank­ing, which she said gave her a ground­ing in busi­ness, and fash­ion, which gave her a pas­sion for the cre­ative side of things.

“The arts have al­ways been a deep field of in­ter­est and I think that’s be­cause of the abil­ity to be cre­ative, the licence to be a lit­tle out­side the box and the op­por­tu­nity to live an au­then­ti­cally ar­tis­ti­cally rich and ful­fill­ing life,” she said.

Ms Chard’s jobs in the in­dus­try have in­cluded Deckchair Theatre, Bark­ing Gecko Theatre and Awe­some Arts Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager in the 1990s, then Black Swan Theatre mul­ti­cul­tural au­di­ence devel­op­ment and Opera Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager in the 2000s.

Ms Chard said ev­ery­one was an arts maker or arts con­sumer.

“We need to value the arts in our lives. The arts nur­ture the soul, en­rich­ing us and the com­mu­ni­ties we live in,” she said.

“There’s a lot of pas­sion and a lot of time ded­i­cated to the arts; the job is def­i­nitely not a 9am5pm rou­tine.

“We put work on the stage that is there for only a mo­ment; we cap­ture mo­ments in the hope that au­di­ences will have an ex­pe­ri­ence that lives with them long af­ter they have left the theatre.”

Pic­ture: Frances An­dri­jich

Hon­oured: Carolyn Chard.

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