Carrillo Gantner AC is a cultural leader and philanthropist who has made major contributions to Australia’s cultural life over a long and distinguished career. As a champion of the performing arts in Australia, Carrillo has a background as an actor, director, theatre administrator, and as the founder of Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre company 1976. He has been chair of various Melbourne arts and theatre festivals, cultural organisations and philanthropic foundations.

In this episode of ‘Cultured Conversations’, Carrillo speaks with Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy about arts philanthropy and government policy to support the arts. Speaking of his own philanthropy during the COIVD-19 pandemic, Carillo says, “We have to act quickly and fully, we have to act generously and intelligently.”