Art Gallery of Western Australia gets new interim leadership team

 Saturday, July 6, 2019 

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A new interim leadership team will oversee the Art Gallery of Western Australia for a six-month period, Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced yesterday.

 

Senior government arts executive, Colin Walker will act as chief executive officer managing administration of the Gallery from July 23, 2019.

 

The interim leadership team will work with the Art Gallery’s board during the recruitment process for a new permanent director.

 

Walker is the executive director of the culture and the arts service area at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, having spent more than 10 years with the department. The area is responsible for the sector’s funding, policy development and partnerships in Western Australia’s culture and arts sector.

 

Walker represents the department on the Art Gallery, Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia and the Perth Theatre Trust boards.

 

Walker has considerable international experience within the sector. He was previously Director of ‘Arts & Business’ in the United Kingdom, a charity organisation that develops partnerships between the arts and culture, and private sectors.

 

Artist and writer, Dr Ric Spencer will work with Walker during this interim period, providing artistic leadership as lead curator of the Gallery.

 

Dr Spencer is curator of the Fremantle Arts Centre, City of Fremantle. From 2004-10, he was an art critic at The West Australian newspaper and from 2000-10, he lectured at Curtin University where he holds a Doctor of Creative Arts.

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