Australian Experimental Art Foundation appoints new chair - Art Collector

Courtesy: Australian Experimental Art Foundation

Professor Ted Snell has been appointed the new chair of The Board of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) .

In its 40th year of operation, the AEAF’s decision is reflective of the ever-present desire for contemporary practice and relevance. Outgoing chair Troy-Anthony Baylis, says: “As the AEAF reaches 40 years of operation, we have always been mindful that change is necessary to keep the organisation relevant, without countering the organisation’s founding principle of encouraging new approaches to the visual arts.”

Director Steve Eland supports Snell’s appointment, stating: “Ted will bring exceptional industry insight and knowledge to the Australian Experimental Art Foundation as the organisation reinvigorates its local position within national and international platforms … Ted is a long-term arts advocate, supporter, manager and spokesman, but above all a practitioner.”

Snell is currently director of the cultural precinct at the University of Western Australia. He has previously contributed to the national arts agenda through his roles as chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, chair of the Australian Council of university art and design Schools, chair of Artbank and chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee.

Of his appointment, Snell says: “Maintaining [the foundation’s] mission to present the work of artists at the edge of change is an inspiring challenge. I am looking forward to stewarding its ongoing objective to encourage, support and promote the work of those artists who continue to activate a dialogue around the role of art in reflecting, critiquing and shaping our world.”

Ted Snell will officially open the next exhibition Same River Twice at AEAF on 4 December 2014.

Larissa Bricis

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