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Lesley Alway


Lesley Alway is an arts manager with experience in cultural organisations and special expertise in the visual arts (in the government, non-profit and private sectors). Lesley is currently director of Asialink Arts, based at the University of Melbourne.

Between 2008–2010, Lesley was the managing director of Sotheby’s Australia. She was previously director/CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. She oversaw the major redevelopment of the museum, which re-opened in July 2006.

Lesley has also been director of Arts Victoria, where she managed the introduction of many new policy initiatives, including projects for the major collecting institutions such as Museum Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library. She has also been involved in new professional and artistic development opportunities for contemporary artists and arts organisations, as well as a range of marketing initiatives directed at expanding local, international and tourism audiences.

Lesley has lectured in post-graduate cultural policy and management at both the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

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