Ron Robertson-Swann OAM to retire.
After an association with the National Art School and its previous incarnations which first began in 1957 as a student under Lyndon Dadswell, Ron Robertson-Swann OAM has announced that he proposes to retire on 15 March 2018 from his position as Head of the Sculpture Department. He is of course one of Australia’s most distinguished sculptors and looks forward to devoting more time to his creative work in the years ahead.
Ron’s contribution to the National Art School and the Department of Sculpture has been immense. He first started teaching on a part-time basis in 1968 following his return from the United Kingdom where he had studied under Sir Anthony Caro OM, was an assistant to Henry Moore OM and held appointments at St Martin’s School of Art and Goldsmith College at London University. He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council in 1973 and acting Director of the Visual Arts Board in 1974. He returned to the NAS in 1991 following more than a decade as Head of the Sculpture Department at the Canberra School of Art. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to sculpture and education.
The Chair and Chief Executive of the National Art School, Mr Nicholas Johnson and Mr Steven Alderton, wish to acknowledge the enormous scholarly and practical contribution Ron Robertson-Swann has made to the NAS and the Sculpture Department in particular over very many years. He is one of Australia's most distinguished sculptors and has been a very fine educator. Legions of students have benefited from his wisdom and dedication.