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

New Director for National Museum of Australia

Media release
15 April 2010
PG/43

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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Chairman of the National Museum of Australia, Danny Gilbert, today announced the appointment of Andrew Sayers as Director of the National Museum.

"As the Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1998 to 2010 Mr Sayers oversaw its evolution from modest beginnings in Old Parliament House to the highly respected national institution it is today. With his track record of delivering highly successful programs he will be an inspirational and visionary leader," Mr Garrett said.

"The Museum is privileged to attract a director of the calibre of Andrew Sayers and with the newly established Board, the Museum is well positioned to continue to develop its status as a museum of international standing," Mr Gilbert said.

Mr Sayers previously served as Assistant Director (Collections) and Curator of Australian drawings at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

His publications include The Ned Kelly Story (1994), Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century (1994, joint winner of the W.E.H Stanner Award) and Australian Art (2001), jointly awarded the 2002 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Prize. He is also a member of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors.

Mr Sayers’s appointment is for five years.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Craddock Morton for his work as Director of the National Museum. Mr Morton was chief general manager of the Acton Peninsula Project: National Museum Construction prior to being appointed to act as Director in December 2003 and confirmed in the position in June 2004 for a three year term.

"He was re-appointed for a further three year term from June 2007 and developed valuable relationships with local, national and international cultural institutions. I would like to wish Mr Morton every success in the future," Mr Garrett said.

The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of Australia. The Museum celebrates Australian social history in a unique way by revealing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians, promoting the exploration of knowledge and ideas and providing a dynamic forum for discussion and reflection.

For more information about the National Museum of Australia: www.nma.gov.au .

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