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

Margaret Ainscow reappointed to Artbank Advisory Board

Media release
18 December 2009

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett today announced the reappointment of Ms Margaret Ainscow to the Advisory Board of Artbank for a further three years.

"Ms Ainscow is a valued member of the Artbank board and I am delighted that she has agreed to a further term," Mr Garrett said.

"As a highly regarded contemporary artist in her own right, Ms Ainscow brings energy and experience to the Artbank board. She is an enthusiastic supporter of challenging works and her advice on potential purchases for the collection is both insightful and prudent.

"Currently working as an independent contemporary textile artist and designer, Ms Ainscow's wealth of knowledge about the contemporary arts sector is the result of many years experience both as an arts lecturer and curator. Her works have featured in numerous invitational exhibitions and form part of permanent collections around Australia."

Established in 1980 by the Australian Government, Artbank is the largest buyer of contemporary Australian art in the country. Artbank promotes Australian culture and the enjoyment of living with Australian art by making the collection available for rent and reinvesting revenues back in to the collection. Artbank has been through a period of substantial growth and the annual spend on new works reached a record $1 million in the 2008-09 financial year.

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