Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, announced today that Mr Angus Trumble had been appointed as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Mr Trumble’s appointment is for five years.

Originally from Melbourne, Mr Trumble holds Masters degrees specialising in history and fine art and has held senior curating roles in Australia and overseas. His most recent appointment is as the Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale University’s Center for British Art in Connecticut, United States of America.

“Mr Trumble has a wealth of professional experience, high level leadership and vision,” Senator Brandis said.

“Mr Trumble’s appointment brings knowledge and drive to one of Australia’s newest national collecting institutions.”

Mr Trumble was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.  From 1996 to 2001 he worked as the Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2003, as a Harold White Fellow, he explored Anglo-Australian relations in art history in the nineteenth century.

Dr Helen Nugent AO, Chairman of the Portrait Gallery Board, also welcomed the appointment on behalf of the Board.

Senator Brandis thanked Ms Jennifer Bott AO for her energy and professionalism as the Gallery’s interim Director during its transition to a statutory authority.  Ms Bott will continue as the Acting Director until Mr Trumble takes up his appointment on 10 February 2014, with an appropriate subsequent hand-over period.

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia's summer exhibition is Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer. For more information about the National Portrait Gallery of Australia visit:


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