19.04.17 | Public Galleries Summit to be held in Sydney in 2018

Museum and Galleries NSW have announced the date for the 2018 Regional Public Galleries Summit. Art & Artists – the 6th Public Galleries Summit will be held in Sydney, at Carriageworks, from 18-21 March 2018. Coinciding with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Art & Artists will be about what galleries do. Focusing on the distinction visual arts activity brings to the cultural space, they promise a program that will inspire – so stay tuned for announcements.

More information

Image: Fifth National Public Galleries Summit, held in Bendigo in 2015. Photography: Bill Conroy.



18.04.17 | Catalyst - funding transferred to Australia Council

The return of unallocated funding from the Catalyst program to the Australia Council for the Arts will result in just under $3 million being injected into the Australia Council’s grants programs in 2017-18 with increases in future years once Catalyst contract commitments conclude. Existing Catalyst grants will be transferred to the Australia Council. Any applications in the current round (submitted by 18 March) will be assessed through the existing Catalyst guidelines. Eligibility criteria regarding who can apply for project grants will not change for the June 2017 round. Read the media release - New Portfolio arrangements for the Arts here

Image: Senator Mitch Fifield, via ABC News, Tim Stevens.



17.04.17 | Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) announces a new Learning Partnership with The University of Melbourne 

This partnership will support the development of significant Indigenous initiatives and activities, embed teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students and establish a platform for collaborative, interdisciplinary cultural impact research. More information

Image: L-R: Marcia Langton, Rebecca Coates, Belinda Briggs and Mary Robb. Photo by Diana Spriggs.



16.04.17 | Linden New Art is currently closed in preparation for renovations to their Acland Street building.

Linden New Art is currently closed in preparation for renovations to their Acland Street buliding.  Linden New Art will take up residence at Domain House from 27 May 2017. Visit the website for program details




30.03.17 | State Library of Victoria's redevelopment

State Library of Victoria has released the designs for its major redevelopment - Vision 2020 - which includes a world class exhibition gallery. Philanthropists Maria Myers AC and Allan Myers AC QC, donated $3 million to the transformation of SLV. To make Vision 2020 a reality, they need to raise a further $5.9 million and have established a public appeal to help them get there. More information

Image: Vision 2020 design for the refurbished Ian Potter Queen's Hall


29.03.17 | Artbank moves to Collingwood

Artbank is moving to a bigger space in Melbourne to meet the growing demand of a corporate market that has increased 22 per cent over the past three years.  The organisation will move into a custom-designed 842 square-metre warehouse space in the inner-northern suburb of Collingwood in October. The move will enable Artbank to boost its 1500-work-strong Melbourne collection by another 1000 works. More information 

Image: Artbank Director Tony Stephens, via The Sydney Morning Herald, Wayne Taylor.



28.03.17 | CLIMARTE 2017 festival program launched and website now live

Climarte – Arts for a Safe Climate’s festival of climate change related arts and ideas, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, has now launched its program and the website is now live. Running from 19 April – 14 May across venues in Melbourne and regional Victoria, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 provides a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change. The PGAV is proud to be a community partner for the 2017 CLIMARTE Festival. Visit the website -



01.03.17 | ACMI announces new commissioning program for Australian artists worth $240,000 over 3 years

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology. The fund will deliver $80,000 a year over three years. Applications are now open now and close at 5pm Thursday 13 April 2017. More information.

Image: Ghost Toast and the Things Unsaid at ACMI, October 2016



14.02.17 | Engaging Audiences Funding Recipients Announced

The latest Creative Victoria grants will assist organisations to undertake research into the needs and interests of their audiences. The Full House and Engaging Audiences programs are part of the Victorian Government's $20 million regional creative industries package. A number of our members have received funding through these programs including Ararat Regional City Council (for audience development for the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Ararat Performing Arts Centre, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum and Geelong Gallery. We look forward to further news about the activities planned at these galleries! Further information:



05.02.17 | Heide Museum of Modern Art appoints new Director

The Board of Directors at Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Natasha Cica as the new Director and CEO of the museum. Dr Natasha Cica is the founding director of, a global consultancy whose clients include leading cultural and educational organisations. Her professional experience spans public administration (including as an adviser to Australia’s national parliament), crisis management, corporate law, and the higher education and non-government sectors. She has held leading roles at think tanks and start-ups in Australia and Europe – and is an award- winning author, broadcaster and public commentator. Dr Cica will commence her role at Heide Museum of Modern Art in April 2017. The PGAV extends our congratulations to Dr Cica and all at Heide.



25.01.17 | Ararat Regional Art Gallery closed for refurbishment

Ararat Regional Art Gallery (ARAG) is closed in 2017 for a major $6.235 million redevelopment. The gallery will reopen in 2018 in a new and upgraded home at the Ararat Town Hall in time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Ararat Regional Art Gallery will present a regular exhibition program from the Ararat Library, but also has prominent events planned in unexpected locations in the region.  The project has been funded through a partnership between the Victorian Government ($3.7 million), the Federal Government ($945,000) and Ararat Rural City Council. Further details:

Image: Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director, Anthony Camm and Gallery Program Support Officer, Wendy Stevens moving part of the collection into storage to make way for construction.



25.01.17 | Latrobe Regional Gallery closed for refurbishment

Latrobe Regional Gallery will be closed to the public from 6 February – 14 July 2017 for refurbishments.  The upgrades have been funded jointly by Latrobe City Council and the State Government and include changes to the external façade, increased exhibition space, specialist lighting and improvements to storage. The refurbishments are expected to be completed by mid-July 2017 in time for LRG to host two international exhibitions. 

During this time gallery staff will be onsite Monday – Friday, and can be contacted on (03) 5128 5700 (between 10:00am – 5:00pm) or email
Further details via the Latrobe Regional Gallery website: 



16.11.16 | Concept designs for Ararat Regional Art Gallery's redevelopment revealed

The Victorian government has revealed the concept designs for the redevelopment of Ararat’s new arts precinct by Williams Boag Architects. The redevelopment includes a new public entrance to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery, expansion and enhancement of the art gallery and performance spaces, upgraded public amenities, an upgraded Ararat Performing Arts Centre foyer and new box office, a new cafe and bar and landscaping upgrades. Read further details here:



19.10.16 | East Gippsland Art Gallery appoints Crystal Stubbs a Director/Curator

Crystal Stubbs has been appointed as Director/Curator of East Gippsland Art Gallery and will commence in the role on Tuesday the 18th October. Crystal is well known for her high quality glass art locally, nationally and internationally. Having run her own business for many years Crystal understands the struggles of the practising artist. She is also respected for her innovative, collaborative and successful volunteer work in education and art events. Crystal brings to the Gallery a wide network from neighbouring regions and embraces many different sectors of the population. She has an inclusive and egalitarian outlook on life and a personal vibrancy which engenders enthusiasm and encourages participation. The PGAV extends congratulations to Crystal and the East Gippsland Art Gallery.



16.10.16 | CAAMD Forum

The Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (CAAMD) will host a forum by invitation for the visual art gallery sector in Canberra later this month. The event will include a keynote by Michael Lynch covering the role of art museums in the twenty-first century, together with a case studies on building Sydney Modern and the value of partnerships, and an open forum on the reasons cultural institutions must be effective advocates. The PGAV will attend the forum along with representatives from Benalla Art Gallery, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art and Shepparton Art Museum. 



15.10.16 | Infrastructure Victoria releases report

Infrastructure Victoria this week launched Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy. Featuring 10 objectives, the draft strategy aims to build a connected and sustainable Victoria with easy access to jobs, education and services. The top three recommendations are increasing densities in established areas to make better use of existing infrastructure; introducing a comprehensive transport pricing regime to manager demands on the network; and investing in social and affordable housing for vulnerable Victorians. Significantly, Infrastructure Victoria is making all of the reports commissioned for the strategy available free from its website. You can have your say  - submit a thought or evidence based submission by visiting:



14.09.16 | Present State of visual arts in WA

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) has undertaken research to identify issues and current developments in the visual arts sector in Western Australia. This report provides an overview of what is required to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the sector. Download a copy of the report here: PRESENT STATE REPORT



14.09.16 | Changes in the public gallery sector in Victoria

There have been a number of changes in the public gallery sector over the last fortnight Kirsty Grant has resigned from Heide Museum of Modern Art after serving two years as Director and CEO. Kallie Blauhorn has resigned as Director of Monash Art Gallery after one and a half years. Simone Nolan has been appointed Director at Wangaratta Art Gallery. While Karina Lamb has resigned from Arts Space Wodonga to take up the role of Team Leader Programming and Engagement for the City of Frankston. We extend our best wishes all.



05.10.16 | Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) appoints Bree Pickering as Director

AlburyCity has announced the appointment of Bree Pickering as the new Director of Murray Art Museum Albury. Bree will join MAMA in November direct from her role as executive director of Vox Populi, a contemporary art space and collective in Philadelphia in the United States. In her role at Vox Populi, she managed a multidisciplinary program that included more than 140 exhibitions and 200 live projects by more than 500 artists and secured support from major philanthropic foundations. Before joining Vox Populi, Bree held management-level positions in Cultural Affairs for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney. We wish Bree every success in her new role.



Victorian Regional Gallery Funding

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced $10 million over the next three years to 33 arts venues across regional Victoria through Creative Victoria’s Regional Partnerships program. 16 PGAV members received funding, with 4 receiving additional funding in the first round of the new Engaging Audiences program. Young people are a focus of the Engaging Audiences program, with the Art Gallery of Ballarat will host activities for toddlers and their parents, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will run creative workshops for local young people, while Mildura Art Centre will partner with local tertiary arts students to create music, dance and performance works as well as exhibitions, sound and light installations that will transform the arts centre. The PGAV extends our congratulations to all 16 galleries! The full list of recipients is available on the Creative Victoria website.



Architectural competition for Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)

The Greater Shepparton City Council has announced an Architectural Design Competition for the development of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). This is the first stage in a two-stage competition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects. A seven person jury will select a shortlist of five from the EOI stage, with shortlisted teams invited to develop a concept design for SAM in stage 2. For information visit the SAM website.



Funding success for the public gallery sector

The PGAV is pleased to announce our application to Creative Victoria's Organisations Investment Program was successful - we will receive $240,000 over the next four years.  Overall, 90 independent organisations received funding through OIP, including our members Heide Museum of Modern Art, Koorie Heritage Trust, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, LInden New Arts, as well as NETS Victoria - congratulations to all.  For the full list of recipients, visit Creative Victoria:



Linden New Art is on the move

Next year, to makeway for much needed building renovations, Linden will relocate to Domain House (the former home of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art). Situated near the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra, the gallery will be in close proximity to some of Melbourne’s iconic visitor attractions. Further information:




Coalition pledges $10 million to SAM if re-elected

Minister for Regional Development and Nationals Deputy Leader Senator Fiona Nash visited Shepparton this morning to pledge $10 million towards the construction of a new SAM if the Coalition is returned to government in next month’s federal election. Learn more here:…/coalition-pledges-1…




PGAV appoints Communications Officer

Lucy Whitehill has been appointed to the part-time role of Communications Officer with the PGAV. Lucy previously worked with Monash Gallery of Art (2002-2013), where she gained a broad knowledge of public gallery practice and was responsible for the delivery of MGA’s travelling exhibition program. Lucy will be in the PGAV office on Wednesdays and will be able to assist members with updating gallery profiles and exhibition listings on the PGAV website, promotion of member programs via the PGAV Facebook page and the return of the monthly PGAV Digest e-newsletter. 



MPRG appoints Danny Lacy as Curator

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has recently appointed Danny Lacy to the role of Curator. Danny has maintained an active independent curatorial practice and curated exhibitions across a wide range of Australian artist-run and contemporary art spaces. Previously he was Director of West Space, Curator at Shepparton Art Museum, Program Administrator at Monash University Museum of Art and Installation & Project Co-ordinator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.  In 2015 he completed an Asialink residency in Singapore. The PGAV extends congratulations to Danny and MPRG!




New SAM receives $10 million boost from State Government

The Victorian Government is making a major investment in Shepparton’s cultural vibrancy, liveability and visitor economy through a funding commitment of $10 million towards the Shepparton Art Museum Redevelopment Project. Further information:


Ararat redevelopment  

Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment

Initial plans will be unveiled at a special Public Information Session in Ararat this week. The $5.29 million project is funded in a joint partnership between the Victorian Government, which has contributed $3.7 million, and the Ararat Rural City Council. This project will substantially upgrade and expand both the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Ararat Performing Arts Centre.

Further information:…/ararat-arts-…



SAM appoints Director

Dr Rebecca Coates has been appointed Director of Shepparton Art Museum. Rebecca has been in the role of Acting Director since August 2015 after Kirsten Paisley resigned to take up the role of Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Australia. The PGAV extends our congratulations to Rebecca and to SAM.




Karen Quinlan to lead Latrobe Art Institute

Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery and President of the PGAV will take on a new role as Director & Professor of Practice with the Latrobe Art Institute (LAI). Karen will divide her time between the gallery and the university. 

Read an article in Fairfax Media about the appointment:…/karen-quinlans-bendigo-effect-comes…



Horsham Regional Art Gallery "returns home" in 2016

The gallery will return to its redeveloped home at Horsham Town Hall on 29 January 2016 - with three new exhibitions showcasing the greatest hits from its significant permanent collection.  The redeveloped Horsham Town Hall will be officially opened on 12 February 2016 - which states a long weeked on community focused events. Further information:




Jason Smith appointed Director, Geelong Gallery

The Board of Geelong Gallery have announced that Jason Smith will take over as new director following Geoffrey Edwards’ departure at the end of April 2016. Jason Smith is an internationally recognised public art museum director and exhibitions and collections curator who has worked in the art museum sector for 25 years. His appointment builds on Geelong Gallery’s commitment as Australia’s foremost regional gallery to presenting exhibitions of vision and national significance. Jason will start in the role on 1st May 2016.




MUMA appoints two new roles

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) welcomes two new curators to its team: Hannah Mathews as Senior Curator and Helen Hughes as Research Curator. MUMA's Director, Charlotte Day says 'We are thrilled with these new appointments, which fill important curatorial positions within our team and we are really looking forward to working with Hannah and Helen in the new year'.



Artspace Wodonga appoints new Coordinator

Karina Lamb has been appointed as the new Co-ordinator of Arts Space Wodonga. Karina’s experience includes roles in senior management, Curatorship and Collections Management in public gallery and museums, including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne Cultural Collections, Latrobe Regional Gallery Koorie Heritage Trust and Warrnambool Art Gallery. Karina will start in the role on November 30, 2015. Congratulations to Karina and Arts Space Wodonga!




Hamilton Appoints Gallery Director

Hamilton Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Schmidt as its new Director. Sarah has experience working at regional galleries in Victoria, having served as Director of Ararat Regional Art Gallery and Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Sarah is the first female Director of Hamilton Art Gallery's in its 58 year history. She will start in the role on 27 October. Congratulations to Sarah and Hamilton Art Gallery!



Koorie Heritage Trust turns 30 and officially opens in Federation Square 

Saturday 19 September 2015 marks the official opening of Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square and marks the Trust's 30th anniversary. There will be tours of the building and the opening of the exhibition Wominjeka: A New Beginning featuring new works inpisred by 30 years of collecting at the Koorie Heritage Trust.



WAG appoints Director

Warrnambool Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Geerans as its new Director. Vanessa leaves her role as Exhibitions Coordinator at RMIT Gallery and will start at the WAG on 7 September 2015. Congratulations to Vanessa and the WAG.



New Director outlines vision for Latrobe Regional Gallery

Mark Themann was recently appointed Director at Latrobe Regional Art and started in the role in mid July 2015.  Mark’s diverse experience includes as a practicing artist with over 30 international solo shows,  a Lecturer in tertiary art schools in Australia and Europe, as well as the founding artistic director of White Street Project (Frankston). He is the recipient of numerous awards from public and private sources in Australia, Europe and the USA.



Kirsten Paisley appointed Deputy Director, NGA

Congratulations to Kirsten Paisley on her appointment as Deputy Director, National Gallery of Australia. Kirsten has been Director at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) since 2007, leading the organisation through a period of change and growth - including the recent $10M commitment to a new SAM. Kirsten has also held positions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Art Gallery of Ballarat and has worked in the visual arts sector since joining Heide Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Kirsten will leave SAM on 17 July and begin in the new role on 10 August.



Director of Geelong Gallery announces retirement

Geelong Gallery Director, Geoffrey Edwards, announced his retirement from this role, with effect from the end of April 2016, to pursue his lecturing, writing and advisory work. Having led the Geelong Gallery for the past 15 years, Geoffrey Edwards oversaw the national campaign to acquire View of Geelong (1856) by Eugene von Guérard for $4 million as well as the more recent acquisition of Arthur Streeton’s Ocean blue, Lorne (1921). During his time as Director, Geoffrew secured $7 million in total of new acquisitions of both historical and contemporary art which included a strategic enhancement of the Gallery’s holdings of images of Geelong and the wider region. He also initiated award-winning publications and education programs, and a comprehensive upgrade of the Gallery’s current building. The PGAV extends our congratulations to Geoffrey on his leadership of Geelong Gallery.




Greater Shepparton City Council has voted to accept the findings of the Feasibility Study and Business Case for a new Art Museum in Shepparton and endorsed the location at the southern end of Victoria Park Lake. Funding for the new art museum will be sourced from Greater Shepparton City Council ($10m), the State Government and Federal Government ($10m each), and $4.5m from the SAM Foundation. The Foundation will also fund an additional $8m to support future operational costs. Council conducted a public feedback process with 76 per cent of respondents in favour of supporting the business case for a new Shepparton Art Museum. Nineteen per cent opposed the business case and 5 per cent partially supported the business case. Full details:



MGA appoints Kallie Blauhorn as Gallery Director

The City of Monash has appointed Kallie Blauhorn to the role of Gallery Director at Monash Gallery of Art. Kallie has a background in business, marketing and fundraising development through her previous role as Senior Development Manager with the JDRF Australia (previously the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She has also worked as a Communication Advisor with the Positive Women Network and as Fundraising and Relationship Coordinator with Very Special Kids. Kallie has a strong interest in Australian art and is on the Executive Committee of the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association and is involved with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Awards.



McClelland appoints John Cunningham as new Director

Lyn Williams AM, the Chair of McClelland Board of Trustees announced the appointment of John Cunningham as Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.  John is currently the Director of Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG).  He will take up his new position on 1 July 2015. 

We are delighted to welcome John to McClelland.  His enthusiasm, vision and experience in leading galleries here in Australia and in Ireland, will invigorate McClelland and I believe take McClelland to the next stage, as a major tourist destination,’ says Lyn Williams. 

John arrived in Australia in January 2011 to take up the position as Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Over the past 4 years under his guidance, WAG recorded its highest attendances figures in its 128 year history, resulting in a remarkable 73% increase in visitation with a 46% increase in youth participation rates. 


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