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On the move: the latest appointments and resignations

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New Directors for Adelaide Writer’s Week, Ballarat Art Gallery and McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, and other appointments.
On the move: the latest appointments and resignations

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New Director at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery 

Curator Lisa Byrne has been appointed as the new Director at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery. Byrne comes to the position after holding significant curatorial roles in both research and practice at Monash and RMIT Universities and leadership roles in several contemporary arts organisations in Australia, such as the Australian Centre for Photography and Canberra Contemporary Art Space.


Byrne was closely involved in the development of the arts and culture programme for Realm, a library learning and cultural centre in the newly redeveloped Ringwood Town Square. As Curator for the Maroondah City Council she was responsible for its art collection where she successfully negotiated several major cultural gift donations by leading Australian artists.

Jo Dyer; supplied

New director for Adelaide Writers’ Week

The Adelaide Festival Board has announced that Jo Dyer has been appointed Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week for three Festivals from 2019 – 2021.

Dyer, who is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, will take up the position in June 2018, taking over the reins from outgoing Director Laura Kroestch.

Originally from Adelaide, Dyer has held a number of significant roles in the Australian arts industry, including General Manager of Bangarra Dance Theatre and Executive Producer at Sydney Theatre Company. She has also worked as an independent theatre and film producer and was producer on Award-winning films Lucky Miles and Girl Asleep.

Adelaide Festival Chair Judy Potter described the appointment as 'a coup' for Adelaide Writers’ Week and the Adelaide Festival. ‘Jo has 25 years’ experience in multiple art forms including literature, dance, film and theatre. The Adelaide Festival Board is delighted to have secured Jo and her unique talents to build upon the outstanding success of the Adelaide Writers’ Week festival over the coming years.’

Dyer said: ‘Adelaide has a rich history of a fierce engagement with writing and ideas and there is surely no more idyllic setting for their continued exploration than beneath the trees at the Pioneer Women’s Gardens.’

Adelaide Festival Chair Judy Potter also paid tribute to outgoing director Laura Kroestch,

Dyer will start with Adelaide Writers’ Week in early June.

Louise Tegart; supplied

New Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat

The City of Ballarat has announced Louise Tegart as the new Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Tegart is currently the Assistant Director Content and Innovation at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and has extensive curatorial, collections, exhibitions, and museums management experience.

Tegart said: ‘An exciting journey lies ahead for the Art Gallery of Ballarat; one that builds upon its remarkable art collection and retiring Director Gordon Morrison’s legacy that positioned the gallery as a leading institution.'

Tegart’s previous roles include Head of Special Projects and Exhibitions at Historic Houses Trust, Director S.H Ervin Gallery, and Senior Curator, University of Sydney. She has an extensive knowledge of the Regional Victorian Gallery network having been Director of Latrobe Regional Gallery, Acting Director at Bendigo and Shepparton Galleries, and Curator at Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Tegart has curated over 100 exhibitions and written extensively for catalogues and journals. She has a BA and Graduate Diploma in Curatorship from ANU, is a Graduate of the Museum Leadership Program and undertook a Diploma in the International Leadership Program for Visual Arts Management at NYU in 2015.

New Chair for West Australian Symphony Orchestra

One of Australia’s leading business figures, Richard Goyder AO, is to become Chairman of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Janet Holmes à Court AC who has held the position for 20 years.

Goyder is chairman-elect of Woodside Petroleum, a Director of Qantas and Chairman of the AFL Commission. He was Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from 2005-2017 and chairman of the Australian B20 in 2013.

Goyder was a WASO board member from 2003-2007and oversaw significant corporate support for the orchestra’s endeavors through Wesfarmers Arts.

’I want to pay tribute to the immense contribution Janet Holmes à Court has made to the arts over a very long period,’ he said. ‘Her legacy is one of extraordinary leadership and personal generosity that have helped develop WASO into becoming one of the state’s cultural gems.'

Mrs Holmes à Court will remain on the Board at the new chairman’s request.

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