New appointments at the NPG and MCA - Art Collector

Susan Norrie, Enola, 2004. Single channel video, ten chairs, 12 mins. Courtesy: the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

15 January 2014 | Two of Australia's leading public institutions are welcoming new staff into key roles.

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra announced Angus Trumble as its incoming director. Speaking at the official announcement, Minister for the Arts George Brandis MP stated that Trumble’s appointment brings vision and a wealth of experience to one of Australia’s newest national collecting institutions.

Trumble was born in Melbourne and was curator of European art at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1996 until 2001. He is currently senior curator of paintings and sculpture at Yale University’s Centre for British Art in Connecticut in the United States.

Jennifer Bott has been the acting director of the NPG since July last year when the gallery began operating as a statutory authority. She will steer the handover process and Trumble will officially commence directorship on 11 February 2014.

In Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) announced interdisciplinary artist Susan Norrie as their new board member. She fills the position vacated by Rosemary Laing at the end of last year. Speaking at the official announcement, MCA chairman Simon Mordant stated that Norrie brings extensive knowledge of the interplay between the role of artists and the operation of museums.

Norrie was one of three artists to represent Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. She has exhibited in three past editions of the Sydney Biennale and has also been selected to exhibit in this year's edition, which launches on 21 March 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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