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Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate


First Director for the National Portrait Gallery


The Federal Minister for the Arts, Sen ator Richard Alston, today welcomed the appointment of Mr Andrew Sayers as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery.


This is a wonderful appointment for a fledgling institution such as the National Portrait Gallery,' Senator Alston said.


'Andrew Sayers' love of Australian art, together will his extensive curatorial and administrative experience will ensure the Gallery is off to a very strong start.’


Senator Alston said one of Mr Sayers' key roles will be to strengthen existing tie between the National Portrait Gallery and the major national collecting institutions.


‘The National Portrait Gallery belongs to the nation,' Senator Alston said.


'The national Portrait Gallery reflects our history by paying tribute to the extraordinary and ordinary Australians who have contributed to our national life. To this end all national institutions have a role to play, and a particular expertise to offer.’


There are also opportunities to explore internationally. The National Portrait Gallery is one of a network of portrait galleries such as those in London, Washington and Edinburgh.


‘There will no doubt be many opportunities to explore some exciting collaborations well into the next century,' Senator Alston said.


Wish Andrew Sayers all t he best in his appointment and look forward to an exciting beginning for this unique Australian gallery.'




Terry O'Connor, Minister's Office (02) 6277 7480

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31 March 1998