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Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

Director, National Gallery of Australia

Dr. Vaughan’s long and distinguished professional career has been divided between academia and the world of museums and galleries in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As an art historian his interests are broad, concentrating on the social history of art and specialising in the study of taste and art collecting, both private and institutional. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he undertook a doctorate at Oxford University, specialising in Neo-classical taste and art collecting in late 18th century Europe.  He then became a Research Fellow of Wolfson College and was appointed Private Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1989.

In 1994, he was appointed Director of the British Museum Development Trust in London, where he was closely involved in planning the rebuild of the British Museum. He returned to Melbourne in 1999 to become director of the National Gallery of Victoria with a brief to oversee the gallery’s complete redevelopment, from reorganising and enlarging the interior spaces of the existing building on St Kilda Road to constructing the new building in Federation Square. A major program of Australian and international exhibitions was launched and the NGV soon became the most visited museum in Australia.

Dr. Vaughan has returned to the gallery and museum sector and follows in the prestigious footsteps of James Mollison AO, Betty Churcher AO, Brian Kennedy and Ron Radford AM in becoming the fifth director of the National Gallery of Australia.

 
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Eva Czernis-Ryl

Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Eva is a design historian, author and award-winning curator of decorative arts and design at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. She has published and curated exhibitions in areas ranging from 18th century porcelain and Australian colonial gold, to Italian design and Australian and international studio glass, metalwork, textiles and jewellery. 

Eva was co-curator of Inspired! Design Across Time. Among major exhibitions she curated were Contemporary Silver: Made In Italy' and the critically acclaimed A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity. Eva has particular interest in revealing connections between the allied fields of decorative and fine arts, design, craft, science and technology.

 
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Ewan McEoin

The Hugh Williamson Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria

Ewan McEoin is the Senior Curator of the newly formed Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria. This department, the first of its kind in Australia, bringing contemporary design into the sphere of a major art institution, collects, exhibits and considers the most interesting trajectories of design today.

Ewan has two decades of experience at the forefront of the Australian design industry working in design strategy, curating and publishing.  

Ewan was long standing Editor of (inside) Australia Design Review; and Creative Director of the Victorian Government’s State of Design Festival in 2008 and 2009 and Unlimited the Queensland Government backed Asia Pacific Design Triennial in 2010.

He published the Sydney and Melbourne Design Guides and recently edited a Monograph on the architecture of 2015 AIA gold medalist Peter Stutchbury.

 
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Rebecca Evans

Curator of Decorative Arts, Art Gallery of South Australia

In February 2016, Rebecca Evans commenced at the Art Gallery of South Australia as the Curator of Decorative Arts previously Assistant Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (2009-2016). Evans looks after the Gallery’s extensive collection of Australian and International decorative arts. AGSA holds the largest and most significant collection of William Morris material outside the UK and has significant holdings of South Australian colonial silverwork and furniture and contemporary Australian craft. In May, 2016 she curated the first survey of the work of contemporary jewellery and artist Catherine Truman and is currently working on a significantcontemporary fashion exhibition in collaboration with the Adelaide Fashion Festival for 2017.

Photo: Sven Kovac

 
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Jane Cush

Artistic Director, Canberra Glassworks

Jane Cush graduated from Canberra School of Art in 1997, with first class honours in Sculpture.

She was Director of Goulburn Regional Art Gallery from 2008-2017, and in that time developed the gallery as a leading regional institution for contemporary art and provided regional, national and international artists with an exciting regional platform to exhibit their work.

In 2009 she received a M&GNSW Fellowship to study at the Boston Childrens’ Museum. Jane is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Through professional affiliations and board appointments, she has held a variety of roles as Chair of Southern Tablelands Arts; Chair of the Visual Arts Reference Committee for M&GNSW and held the office of  Public Officer for Regional and Public Galleries of NSW for 8 years. 

Jane’s enthusiasm and drive as both a practicing artist and creative director, to bring relevant contemporary art to her region and beyond, is evident in her advocacy for artists and her ongoing commitment to developing audiences through deepening the connection between the general public, the regional and national community and their experience of dynamic contemporary Australian art.