We are pleased to announce the appointment of respected arts administration professional Steven Alderton as Director and Chief Executive. Mr Alderton commences in February 2017, taking over from Michael Lynch CBE AM who has acted as interim Director since September 2016.
Steven Alderton joins the National Art School from the Australian Museum where he holds the role of Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections, with previous roles including Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Director of Lismore Regional Gallery.
Commenting on his appointment Steven Alderton said: “I am honoured and excited to be part of such a leading and accomplished arts institution as the National Art School. I look forward to working with the Board, Government, colleagues, students and artists to further develop this extraordinary art school and creative precinct – and to support artists in creating new art that speaks of the 21st century.”
Chairman of the National Art School, Nicholas Johnson, said: “The Board is delighted with the appointment of Steven Alderton. We have been greatly impressed by his past success in helping to lead the wave of new creativity at the Australian Museum and by his broad network of contacts and interests across the Arts sectors. Most importantly Steven started his career in the visual arts and has retained his personal involvement in this space.
“The role of Director of the National Art School will allow him to combine his passion for visual arts with his proven credentials as a leading Arts administrator. I am confident that Steven will make a major contribution to the future development of the National Art School,” said Mr Johnson.
Mr Alderton added: “I am committed to exceptional arts education and creating new markets for emerging artists. I see my role in a strong and active art sector as investing in the core – emerging artists, and developing artist’s practice. I will continue to progress the National Art School as a truly national art school, that is internationally significant and an invigorating presence within Sydney’s cultural mix."