National Gallery of Australia welcomes new director - Art Collector

Exterior shot of the National Gallery of Australia. Courtesy: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra will welcome Professor Gerard Vaughan as new director at the end of this year.

Vaughan will replace former director Ron Radford, who held his position at the gallery for nearly 10 years.

An international scholar, Vaughan has an extensive background in the museum and galleries sector. He was the director of the National Gallery of Victoria, director of the British Museum Development Trust, as well as holding roles at Oxford University and with the Felton Bequest. He is currently a professonal fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne.

Minister for the arts George Brandis said of the appointment, “I welcome Professor Vaughan’s vision and enthusiasm for the gallery, which includes further strengthening the gallery’s role as a leader in scholarship and research, forging stronger diplomatic ties in the South East Asia and Pacific region, and increasing access to the nation’s major art collection”.

Brandis also paid tribute to Radford’s contribution to the gallery during his time as director. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank former director Dr Ron Radford AM … (he) has been a great and illustrious contributor to the artistic life of this nation, and on behalf of the government and the people of Australia I would like to acknowledge and thank him.”

Vaughan has been appointed for a period of three years and will take up his new role on 10 November 2014.

Larissa Bricis

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