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Ron Radford AM
Director, National Gallery of Australia
October 10, 2012
11.30am - 1.30pm
"30 years of the National Gallery of Australia"
Ron Radford has been director of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra since 2005. Before that he was director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide from 1991. He has worked in the art museum profession in Victoria, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory for nearly forty years. He has been responsible for the acquisition of more than 25,000 works of art for the various art museums he has worked in and has personally curated nearly sixty exhibitions. He is the author of numerous catalogues and books, most recently Our Country: Federation Landscape 1900 to 1914 (2001), Island to Empire: 300 years of British Art 1550–1850 (2005) and Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850–1950 (2007) and he was co-curator of the blockbuster exhibition and author of the catalogue, Turner to Monet: The Triumph of Landscape painting in the nineteenth century (2008).
He holds a Doctor of Letters from the University of Adelaide and is an Affiliate Professor of that university. He has a Diploma of Art from RMIT University and also honorary doctorates from RMIT University and the University of South Australia.
Ron Radford has served on many national and state boards and committees for over thirty years, including five years as a member of the Australia Council and Chair of its Visual Arts/Craft Board (1997–2002). He was appointed Australian Commissioner for the 1999 Venice Biennale. He was a foundation member of the National Portrait Gallery Board from 1997 and was its Deputy Chair until 2005. He is currently a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation, a member of the Australia International Cultural Council and represents Australia and the region at the International Meeting of Directors of world art Museums (The Bizot group).
In 2002 he became a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2009 the French Government awarded him a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.
In 2012 he was presented with a Laureate Medal for a lifetime of service to Australian art by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
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