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New appointments to Artbank Board.

The Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts. Senator Richard Alston, today announced the appointment of three new members and the reappointment of David Keeling and Margot Capp to the Artbank Board.

"I am very pleased to welcome Ms Ann Lewis, Ms Alexandra Joel and Mr Ron Hurley to the Board," Senator Alston said.

Ms Lewis is currently a Vice President of the International Council, Museum of Modern Art in New York, a board member of the Biennale of Sydney and a council member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has held a range of senior arts positions including Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency.

Ms Joel is Managing Director of Alexandra Joel and Associates and is a former editor of Harper's Bazaar and Portfolio magazines. She is a Trustee of the Powerhouse Museum and a member of the Cultural Commission, Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Mr Hurley is a Trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and has been a practicing artist for 25 years. He has served until recently on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of the Australia Council.

"Artbank makes an important contribution to the continuing vitality of Australia's contemporary art scene, and these new members will add to the significant expertise already present on the Board," Senator Alston said.

"A prominent Tasmanian artist, Mr Keeling has also chaired the Chameleon Contemporary Arts Space and Contemporary Art Services, in Tasmania. He has made an important contribution to the Board and I am delighted he will continue as Chair."

Ms Capp is currently the Director of Corporate Development at the Art Gallery of NSW and has a long involvement in the arts in Australia, including the Bundanon Trust Board, 200 Gertrude Street Artists Spaces and the Victorian Print Workshop.

Artbank was established in 1980 to promote quality Australian contemporary art through its art rental scheme and to support Australian artists, particularly young and emerging artists, by acquiring their work for the Artbank collection.

Access to Artbank's collection of over 8000 works is available to all Australians and also overseas through Australian Embassies and High Commissions.

Media contact:

Terry O'Connor, Minister's office, 02 6277 7480

Minister's website: www.richardalston.dca.gov.au