10 January 2011

Andrew Sayers takes on the glassworks

| johnboy
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Having lead the National Portrait Gallery to outrageous success Andrew Sayers moved on to rescue the floundering National Museum.

But apparently that’s not challenge enough, Chief Minister Stanhope has announced he’s also going to chair the glassworks at the other end of the lake.

“Andrew Sayers has made a significant contribution to Australia’s cultural sector during his extensive career in national and state galleries and museums,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Andrew Sayers is credited for transforming the National Portrait Gallery into the highly successful institution that it is today, including its move from Old Parliament House to a new award-winning building on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.

“The Canberra Glassworks is very fortunate to have secured Andrew Sayers as its new Chair.”

Mr Stanhope acknowledged the outgoing Chair, John Mackay, who guided the rebirth of the Kingston Powerhouse as the Canberra Glassworks in 2006.

“John Mackay has been a driving force behind the creation of the Canberra Glassworks as one of Canberra’s premier cultural attractions and I wish him well in his new role as Chancellor of the University of Canberra,” Mr Stanhope said.

Andrew Sayers was Director of the National Portrait Gallery for 12 years from 1998 and appointed Director of the National Museum of Australia in June 2010, providing a strong link between the Canberra Glassworks and the National Cultural Institutions.

Prior to the Gallery, he worked at the National Gallery of Australia where he remained for 13 years and worked as an Assistant Director.

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But apparently that’s not challenge enough or it may be said that it is challenge too much… my insiders’ word is that he has too much bent on art and not enough on social culture (notwithstanding the debate herein on his chiefliness’s love of public art and its place in our culture…) and that the museum is floundering on its core principles in favour of arty stuff. i dunno, what do the punters want – art or all social history artefacts?

let’s hope his chairing of the glassworks is as successful as his stewardship of the portrait gallery, but let’s hope his museum leadership is too…

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