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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Callum Morton appointed to NGA Council

Media Release
25 May 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of Mr Callum Morton to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) Council.

"I am delighted that Mr Morton has accepted this appointment," Mr Garrett said.

"Mr Morton is a practising artist and arts educator, who will bring a wide range of skills and industry experience to the Council.

"The appointment of Mr Morton is timely, following the decision that arts education be included in the national curriculum. His extensive experience as an arts educator will be an asset to Australia's premier visual arts institution." Mr Garrett said.

An internationally renowned artist, Mr Morton's work has been exhibited extensively across Australia and overseas, winning several prestigious art awards including the Helen Macpherson Smith Commission in 2005.

"Mr Morton's work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Auckland City Art Gallery, as well as the Australian Government's Artbank collection" Mr Garrett said.

"He has also made a significant contribution to Australia's arts education sector, working as a lecturer across a broad range of disciplines including landscape architecture, sculpture and photography at Melbourne University, Deakin University and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology."

The NGA Council provides strategic guidance and vision to the Gallery. It plays a key role in the NGA achieving its goal of serving the public by enhancing understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.

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