THE Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) community has farewelled its longstanding leader and chief executive officer, Pippa Dickson.
Ms Dickson was a key player in the development of the vision for GASP together with the then Glenorchy Mayor, Adriana Taylor, and business and civic leaders.
With the support of the Glenorchy City Council, Ms Dickson commenced the ambitious project that would turn the idea of making a tired and poorly used piece of land along the waterfront at Elwick Bay into a vibrant community asset.
“Pippa’s strategic thinking, design talents and belief in community consultation have influenced the nature of the site, from the architectural developments to the commissioning of artistic creations,” GASP chairwoman Christine Edwards said.
“All the developments at GASP over the past seven years demonstrate Pippa’s unshakable belief in the power of this site to ignite community and artistic energy.”
Ms Dickson said she was leaving GASP well placed to continue its growth.
“I am really pleased to be able to hand over the reigns at a time when the foundations are set,” she said.
“GASP is established as a community asset and there are at least five important new artworks in the pipeline.
“I feel strongly that this transition will provide fresh energy, and I am very excited to be able to experience GASP’s future developments.”
Ms Edwards praised Ms Dickson’s achievements and successes over the years.
“Without Pippa’s driving force and artistic vision, we would not be where we are today, enjoying this beautiful foreshore and being ready to enjoy the many new art and sculpture activities planned for this year,” Ms Edwards said.
“As Pippa leaves, the GASP Board welcomes the new director, Jonathan Kimberley,” she said.
“As an arts manager and curator, Jonathan has successfully developed major international contemporary art projects in Western Australia and Victoria.”
Mr Kimberly said he was excited to be returning to Tasmania to take up the new role.
“I am thrilled to be able to bring my experience back to Glenorchy, the fantastic opportunity to expand the GASP program and to build on the exceptional work done by Pippa Dickson and the GASP team over the past seven years,” he said.
Caption: Pippa Dickson has stepped down as chief executive officer of GASP after seven years in the role