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

Reappointments to National Gallery of Australia

Media release
26 November 2009

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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced the reappointment of Dr Ron Radford as the Director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for a further three years. The Minister also announced the reappointment of John Calvert-Jones AM and Charles Curran AC to the Council of the NGA.

"I am delighted that Dr Radford will continue to direct the Gallery at such a crucial time during the major rebuilding and refurbishment project. I am equally delighted that Mr Calvert-Jones and Mr Curran have agreed to continue to serve on the Council of the NGA," Mr Garrett said.

"Dr Radford has made a tremendous contribution to the work of the NGA and I look forward to working with him to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the outstanding national collection as well as the touring exhibitions of one Australia's most important cultural institutions.

"During his current term, Dr Radford has secured funding for and overseen Stage One of the Gallery's major building and refurbishment project as well as bringing the highly successful Turner to Monet and Degas: Master of French Art exhibitions to Australia.

"Another recent triumph was taking Australia's first Australian Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors to Washington DC. His commitment to enhancing the Gallery's programs and outreach activities has ensured that the NGA goes from strength to strength," Mr Garrett said.

"Mr Calvert-Jones brings considerable business and governance experience to the deliberations of the Council and his reappointment will ensure that the NGA continues to be one of Australia's finest cultural institutions.

"Mr Curran has extensive experience in the business and financial sectors. His considerable knowledge has served the Council and the NGA very well. Mr Curran has agreed to continue with the Council for a further year to see the NGA building and refurbishment project to completion," Mr Garrett said.

Mr Curran, who is the Chair of the NGA Foundation Board, was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to business and the wider community. He is currently Chairman of Capital Investment Group and a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council.

The NGA is one of Australia's major national cultural institutions, maintaining, developing and exhibiting art collections of great significance.

Future exhibitions include Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gough, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond and Ballets Russes: the art of costume.

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