AGNSW's Wayne Tunnicliffe gets a promotion - Art Collector

30 May 2011 | Wayne Tunnicliffe (pictured right) has been promoted to head curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

Tunnicliffe has curated the contemporary Australian collection at the gallery since 2001 and has been responsible for some of the gallery’s most significant acquisitions by living artists.

Some of his recent exhibitions and publications include
Wilderness, Tim Johnson: painting ideas, Adam Cullen: let’s get lost and exhibitions by Robert Owen, Tracey Emin and Simryn Gill. He is also the co-curator of over 70 Contemporary Project Space exhibitions.

He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales.

Tunnicliffe will provide overall vision and direction for the Australian collections and program while his specialist area will be Australian art after 1960. He will work with Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian art, responsible for the 19th-century and modern collections, and Hendrik Kolenberg, senior curator of Australian prints, drawings and watercolours.

Hetti Perkins is head curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and her area will now be a separate department.

The gallery also announced the appointment of Kirsten Downie as assistant director of marketing, development and membership. Downie joins AGNSW from the National Gallery of Australia where she was head of marketing and communications.

Jane O'Sullivan

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