Anna Pappas elected ACGA president - Art Collector

21 December 2012 | Melbourne dealer Anna Pappas has been appointed president of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, which represents the interests of the nation’s premier commercial galleries.

Pappas, who was formerly the head of the association’s Victorian & Tasmanian chapter, was elected to the national position at the ACGA’s annual general meeting on 26 November 2012. She replaces Randi Linnegar of Sydney’s King Street Gallery on William.

Currently the association has 51 member galleries across the country, including Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Melbourne’s Tolarno Galleries.

“My vision, as president of ACGA, in the next couple of years, is for the association to become a stronger collective voice for the contemporary art galleries and the primary market,” says Pappas.

This will mean a greater focus on lobbying, particularly to “increase awareness of the issues that exist within the industry such as forgery and ethical trading standards in Indigenous art” and also to protect the interests of artists “by lobbying on issues which have a detrimental effect on the visual arts industry as a whole”.

Another goal will be "to actively cultivate the Australian art market internationally, whenever possible”. (For the past few years the ACGA has supported the participation of member galleries in the Korea International Art Fair.)

Suggesting a possible loosening of the association’s traditionally exclusive membership policy, Pappas says she’ll also be striving “to recruit new galleries representing younger and emerging artists with the view to expanding the diversity of ACGA’s membership [and] incorporating their knowledge and expertise in these niche areas”.

Jane O'Sullivan

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