Art Advisory Committee appoints Chair

27 November 2014

The new Albury Art Museum Advisory Committee has appointed Dr Guinever Threlkeld as its inaugural chair.

Dr Threlkeld is the Head of Campus at La Trobe  University Albury-Wodonga, and has a strong education background as well as expertise in governance of not for profit organisations.

She heads a team of eight committee members appointed earlier this year to provide expert strategic advice to gallery staff and Council on important decisions relating to the new facility.

"When the building re-opens mid next year, it will be like nothing this region has ever seen or experienced before.  We're working on a new name as well as assisting in the search for the new Director," Dr Threlkeld said.

"Changing the name will better reflect AlburyCity's vision for the new facility and position it alongside some of the world's leading modern art museums and galleries."

"We'll be calling the new facility an art museum. An art museum owns a collection, commissions new work, is involved in education and the development of the community, and is a much bigger enterprise than a gallery," Dr Threlkeld said.

Watch Dr Threlkeld talk about the new Art Museum 

She says as the building starts to take shape, it's important that the local community in particular gets a better understanding of what the new art museum will mean for the city, both socially and economically.

"The days of our small regional art gallery are gone. We are building a modern, sophisticated and inviting art space that will offer so much more that it did previously," Dr Threlkeld said.

"We'll be hosting exhibitions of a national and international standing.  We'll have a 24-hour art skin capable of showing never-before-seen commissioned works in lighting, projection, kinetic art and print media, and we'll have dedicated spaces for emerging artists, students, special events and workshops."

"I can confirm that that we've secured a high profile international exhibition that will travel to Australia and be shown exclusively in Albury."

Dr Threlkeld says over the next few months, she hopes to reveal more details about the new name, upcoming exhibitions and programs and the exciting opening celebrations.