Arts gig for SA’s top architect
South Australian visual arts and design association Guildhouse has appointed State Government Architect Kirsteen Mackay to their board, amid a flurry of director appointments.
Mackay, who has led the South Australian Office for Design and Architecture since 2015, has been appointed to the Guildhouse board alongside Director of JL Lawyers Talia Begley and visual artist Christian Hall.
Guildhouse Chair Andrew Cohen said the organisation, which represents close to 1000 members in the South Australian visual arts sector, was “delighted” to welcome their three newest board members.
“Their knowledge and expertise will make a significant contribution to our work building the connectivity and profile of South Australian artists and growing our burgeoning social enterprise – Guildhouse Professional Services,” he said.
The three new Guildhouse appointees fill vacancies left by former Chair Jane Jeffreys and outgoing board members Robyn McBride and Rod Lindquist.
Originally from Scotland, Mackay moved from the UK in 2012 to become the Principal Government Adviser to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
In 2013, she moved over to the South Australian Office for Design and Architecture – first as Associate Government Architect and then Government Architect in 2015.
Mackay also serves as the Deputy Presiding Member of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority.
Meanwhile, Begley joined boutique Adelaide law firm JL Lawyers in 2013 as Owner and Director, after seven years as a Senior Associate with Gadens Lawyers in Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne graduate has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate and tax law and also serves on the Risk and Finance Committee of multinational consultancy firm Sensei Project Solutions.
Hall works in object art and design and is the former Creative Director of the JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio.
The contemporary artist also works for the State Government as a freelance peer assessor for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he evaluates public art and design funding applications.