Deputy director Anne Flanagan to retire from Art Gallery of New South Wales - Art Collector

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Deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Anne Flanagan is retiring after 23 years.

Considered one of Australia’s most respected art museum managers, Flanagan was head of exhibitions since joining the gallery in 1992, a role in which she developed a strong program of curated exhibitions that toured both nationally and internationally.

Flanagan was also head of building, managing the constant refurbishment of the gallery spaces to create new exhibition and collection spaces, including Yiribana, which has showcased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collections since 1995.

Of her experience on these projects, Anne said they were “at times daunting but exhilarating in the way they not only opened up new spaces to show art but opened up new ways of working and engaging with art – always with such creative people”.

Flanagan became deputy director, and then acting director, when former director Edmund Capon retired, prior to current director Michael Brand’s appointment.

Brand said Flanagan will be greatly missed: “Anne is an exceptional and highly accomplished individual whose professional contribution to the gallery and the Australian arts community over a 23 year period is vast. I look forward to working with her as Anne continues to support the Sydney Modern Project in other capacities.”

Anne will retire from the gallery at the end of this month.

Emily Cones-Browne

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