Professor Amanda Lawson reflects on achievements of long, distinguished career.

The concept of thriving, accessible creative cultures as a fundamental part of life has inspired Professor Amanda Lawson throughout her long and distinguished career as an art gallery curator, arts policy and enterprise specialist, and university academic and faculty dean.

Professor Lawson, who retired in April, was awarded an Emeritus Professorship from the University of Wollongong in a ceremony at Innovation Campus.

“There are so many possibilities for cultural engagement and for experiencing the richness of arts and cultural heritage, as well as for creative expression. From early on I could see the potential of the arts to enrich everyone’s lives and offer diverse ways of looking at the world – from that I became committed to advocacy and support for the arts as a career.”

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Merit) in English and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Lawson moved to Australia in the early 1980s. It was, she said, a positive time to come here.  “The time and the place were right to start my career. I arrived in Australia in a period of immense creative innovation and confidence.”

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