La Trobe Art Institute – Discussion with Tony Ellwood and Karen Quinlan on Escher X nendo

Hear from powerhouse gallery directors Tony Ellwood AM (National Gallery of Victoria) and Karen Quinlan (Bendigo Art Gallery, LAI and now The National Portrait Gallery of Australia) as they come together to discuss the NGV’s latest blockbuster Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds.

One lucky attendee will win a catalogue and two tickets for Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds!

Wednesday 21 November
1pm to 2pm
La Trobe Art Institute
Free but registrations essential

Tony Ellwood is the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He began his career as an Aboriginal Art Coordinator, working at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra; then worked as a Curator at the NGV, specialising in major international curatorial projects. He was Director, Bendigo Art Gallery; Deputy Director – International Art, NGV and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) prior to returning to the NGV as Director in August 2012.

Many important exhibitions presented in Australia in the past decade have been under Tony’s direction, including Contemporary Australia: Optimism (2008); Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future (2010); 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (2010); Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams (2011); Matisse: Drawing Life (2011) and Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado (2012) at QAGOMA and Monet’s Garden (2013); Melbourne Now (2013); Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court (2014); The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2014); and Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015) at NGV. He has also written and edited numerous publications and articles.

Tony has been on several state and Commonwealth boards, including the Visions of Australia Committee, Museums Australia National Board, Victorian College of the Arts Board and Academic Committee; the Art Exhibitions Australia Board and the Japan-Australia Foundation Board. Tony was also on the selection committees for the 2005 and 2009 Venice Biennales.

Karen Quinlan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985 after completing a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts). She taught Visual Arts at the secondary level for five years before embarking on a career in the museum industry.

In 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Karen commenced work in the curatorial area before becoming Curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996 and in 2000 became the Director. Karen has been instrumental in bringing international exhibitions to regional Victoria and through the staging of world-class exhibitions has connected the Gallery with some of the most acclaimed international cultural institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the British Museum.

In 2016 Karen became Professor of Practice and Director of the La Trobe Art Institute. She is a Trustee of the State Library of Victoria and in 2018 was invited to be on the Committee of the Victorian Foundation of Living Artists, National Gallery of Victoria.

Karen has recently been announced as Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and will leave Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute to commence her new role in December.

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