THE City of Ballarat has announced Louise Tegart as the new Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Louise 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.
Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said Council was delighted to announce Ms Tegart’s appointment.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Louise to the city as the new Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat,” Cr McIntosh said.
“It is an exciting time for the Ballarat arts community and I am sure that this appointment will only help to build on this momentum and really push our visual arts scene even further forward.” Louise said it was an honour to be appointed to the role to build on the excellent work done to date and to realise the venue’s potential as Australia’s premier regional gallery.
“I look forward to working with the staff, City of Ballarat, the Board, Gallery Association, Foundation, and artists to further develop the gallery and ensure its relevance for audiences into the future,” Ms 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.
“I am thrilled to return to the vibrant Victorian public gallery sector and I welcome the opportunity to get to know the Ballarat community and artistic scene and engage with the stakeholders of the gallery.” Chair of the Art Gallery of Ballarat board, Dr Mark Harris, said the appointment was the result of an extensive search, including candidates from across Australia and the world.
“Louise’s appointment represents an enormously satisfyingly outcome in a long but necessary process to enable our Gallery to continue to honour James Oddie’s vision for a great public gallery that actively engages with the Ballarat community,” Dr Harris said.
“I am sure the local visual arts community and Ballarat district more generally will wholeheartedly welcome Louise to our community.” Louise’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.
Louise 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.
Louise will take up the role in June 2018.