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Ron Radford to head National Gallery of Australia.

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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Senator the Hon Rod Kemp Minister for Sport and the Arts


147/04 31 August 2004

Ron Radford to head National Gallery of Australia

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan and the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the appointment of Mr Ron Radford as Director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

“I am delighted that such a distinguished director of one of our leading state galleries has been appointed to this key position and I look forward to his contribution to the ongoing success of the gallery in the years to come,” Senator Coonan said.

Mr Radford has an extensive 28-year background as a museum professional in Victoria and South Australia and has worked at the Art Gallery of South Australia since 1981, including as director from 1991.

Prior to that he was director of one of Australia’s leading regional art galleries—the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

“Mr Radford’s strong links with state and regional galleries throughout Australia and internationally and his extensive curatorial and leadership experience will be a great asset to the National Gallery of Australia,” Senator Kemp said.

As Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Mr Radford has a proven track record of achievement, having overseen the consolidation of the collection, including several significant acquisitions, a successful building enhancement project and a critically acclaimed exhibitions program.

Mr Radford will take up his five year appointment at the end of the year.

The ministers also paid tribute to the outgoing NGA Director, Dr Brian Kennedy, noting that during his seven years as director, he worked extremely hard to ensure that more people across Australia would have access to the gallery’s world renowned collection.

Media contacts: Senator Coonan’s Office: Jane McMillan 0438 690 305 Senator Kemp’s Office: Adrian Chippindale 0407 208 743