Gallery appoints director

SIMON Gregg has been appointed the new director of the Gippsland Art Gallery.

Mr Gregg’s appointment follows a period of change and revitalisation for the gallery, with its radically redeveloped spaces opening in January.

Acting in the role since the departure of previous director Anton Vardy in August last year, Mr Gregg has led the gallery and its dedicated staff through the transition into the beautiful new exhibition spaces in the Wellington Centre at the Port of Sale.

Mr Gregg said he was excited to be leading the Gippsland Art Gallery into its next chapter, particularly at this time in the gallery’s history.

“I will be steering the gallery towards a greater engagement with the local community,” he said.

“I’m also looking forward to working across the sector to ensure the gallery is an inclusive, vibrant and welcoming place for everyone,” he said.

Mr Gregg will become the seventh director in the Gippsland Art Gallery’s history since it opened its doors in 1965, originally as the Sale Regional Art Centre.

He has served as the gallery’s curator since 2009, in that time leading ambitious projects such as the Nicholas Chevalier retrospective Australian Odyssey in 2011, the NETS touring exhibition Dreamweavers, and more recently Imagine, the inaugural exhibition of the new Gippsland Art Gallery.

He is the author of New Romantics: Darkness & Light in Australian Art, and the forthcoming book Spirits in the Bush: The Art of Gippsland, and has held previous roles at the Old Treasury Museum and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

“I strongly believe that art can and should play a vital role in community life,” Mr Gregg said.

“I will put the ‘public’ back into ‘public gallery’, working to connect the visual arts to the greatest possible spectrum of the community, while harnessing the tourism potential for the gallery for the benefit of the whole region.

“I think it’s important that this is a gallery not just in Gippsland, but is about Gippsland, and that it generates pride of place for its diverse residents.”