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National Gallery of Victoria announces appointment of director and trustee

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu announced the appointment of Mr Tony Ellwood as the new Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, and the re-appointment of Mr Allan Myers AO QC as President of the NGV Council of Trustees.

Mr Baillieu said that after a national and international search, Tony Ellwood had been appointed to succeed long-serving NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Mr Ellwood will begin his new role on 1 August 2012.

“I am delighted to welcome Tony Ellwood back to Victoria to lead Australia’s oldest public art gallery in this new chapter of its distinguished history,” Mr Baillieu said.

Currently Director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Mr Ellwood served as Deputy Director of the NGV from 2000 to 2007, with a focus on international art, education and public programs. During this time he played an instrumental role in the redevelopment and re-opening of NGV International on St Kilda Road.

“Tony has a strong track record in gallery leadership in Australia, is highly respected and connected internationally, and has an exciting vision for the NGV, an institution that is close to his heart,” Mr Baillieu said.

“He’s the right person to lead the NGV in this next stage of its development and I am confident that our Gallery – and Victoria’s cultural reputation – will continue to prosper and grow with him at the helm.”

President of the NGV Council of Trustees Allan Myers AO QC said Mr Ellwood had a strong reputation for management, facility development and exhibition planning and delivery.

“He will bring a considerable wealth of experience from several high level posts, all of which will support him in the leadership of the NGV,” Mr Myers said.

Mr Baillieu also announced the re-appointment of Allan Myers as President of the NGV Council of Trustees, a post he has held since 2004.

“Allan Myers has rendered outstanding service as President of NGV’s Council of Trustees, and I am delighted he has agreed to continue in this role,” Mr Baillieu said.

“Allan has presided over the greatest period of growth in the NGV’s history, and – together with the Council of Trustees and new Director – will lead the Gallery ably into the future.

“Allan’s sure and experienced hand will guide a smooth transition and ensure a strong continuity of governance at this exciting time of change for the NGV.”

Mr Myers said he was very pleased to continue in the role and looked forward to working with Tony Ellwood as Director.

“I have enjoyed immensely my time at the NGV, and look forward to continuing in this role, as the new Director settles in,” Mr Myers said.

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