Commonwealth Arts Minister Simon Crean on Friday announced the reappointment of Ron Radford for a further two years as Director of the National Gallery.
Tim Fairfax is taking over the chair of the Gallery’s council from Rupert Myer, in an interim capacity.
“My decision regarding longer term options for the Gallery Chair’s position is yet to be finalised. This interim arrangement will provide continuity of governance and follows my discussions with the former Chair and within the Council.”
Dr Radford will continue to lead the National Gallery of Australia for a third term until 30 September 2014.
“In consultations with the Board and the previous Chair it was their strong wish to reappoint Dr Radford.
“Dr Radford will continue to bring exceptional curatorial leadership to the exhibition program and the collection to build on his success in raising the profile of this premier cultural institution,” Mr Crean said.
Mr Crean said that in his first two terms, Dr Radford has overseen the recent extension of the Gallery, an expansion of the collection, an increase in visitor numbers as well as the extraordinarily successful Masterpieces from Paris exhibition.
“He has also developed an exciting program of exhibitions and initiatives for the future including a landmark partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts to stage the most significant survey exhibition of Australian art to be held overseas in 2013,” Mr Crean said.
“Dr Radford’s reappointment means he will be able to oversee the delivery of this exciting program.”