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    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    New era for QAGOMA

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Monday, April 29, 2013

    New era for QAGOMA

    Arts Minister Ian Walker today welcomed Chris Saines on his first day as Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

    “Mr Saines is very highly regarded, having worked in galleries in Australia and New Zealand and it’s a real boon for the state to have such an experienced and committed professional in this position,” Mr Walker said.

    “Mr Saines has more than 30 years’ experience as a director, curatorial and collection manager, educator and curator.

    “He returns to Brisbane after 17 years as the Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, where he led an award-winning $125 million redevelopment of the gallery, secured the gift of a $115 million contemporary art collection and established a number of highly regarded recurring exhibitions.

    “This is an exciting time at QAGOMA and I am delighted to welcome Mr Saines to this important role at one of Queensland’s most loved and dynamic arts institutions.”

    Mr Saines is no stranger to QAG, having worked at the gallery from 1984 to 1995 in curatorial and management roles.

    Mr Walker said the appointment helped cement Queensland’s growing reputation as an arts and cultural hub in the Asia Pacific region

    “I am confident he will continue his exemplary record of leadership and innovation. I look forward to working with Chris and his QAGOMA team as we deliver arts to all Queenslanders.”

    QAGOMA has a full program in place including the first Australian solo exhibition from leading international contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ at GOMA from 23 November, 2013 and two significant international exhibitions at QAG this year - Quilts 1700–1945 from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (15 June–22 September) and California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way (2 November–9 February 2014).

     [ENDS] 29 April 2013

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