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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

New appointments to the Artbank advisory board

Media release
19 March 2009
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Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced the appointment of three new members to the Artbank advisory board for a term of three years.

Mr Garrett congratulated visual artists Mr Vernon Ah Kee and Ms Pat Brassington, and Sydney businesswoman Ms Sheridan Lee.

"I am pleased to welcome two senior artists to the Artbank Advisory Board, where their experience and insights will help the organisation support artists and the art market," Mr Garrett said.

"It is also good to see a new and valuable business perspective being brought to the board. Ms Lee has extensive experience in the finance, media and marketing industries as well as a strong track record in charity work.

"The skills and experience of these new members will help Artbank's contribution to the vitality of Australia's commercial art sector."

Queensland-based Vernon Ah Kee has emerged in recent years as one of Australia's leading Indigenous artists. He has qualifications in visual art from the Queensland College of Art and has held over 30 exhibitions within Australia and overseas. Mr Ah Kee has been chosen to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

Ms Pat Brassington is one of Australia's best known exhibiting photographers. She has been a curator and arts administrator with the Plimsoll Gallery at the University of Tasmania for 20 years.

Ms Sheridan Lee, an avid collector of contemporary Australian art, is founder and managing director of Shed Enterprises, a marketing and public relations firm with special expertise in the financial services industry. Before starting in business, Ms Lee worked as a journalist and in publishing, and held marketing and business development roles with several leading global financial service companies.

Artbank supports contemporary Australian artists by directly acquiring their work so that they can be rented to both public and private sector clients. It is the most active buyer of contemporary Australian art in the country, and plays an important role in widening our art audiences.

Artbank provides Australians with access to an affordable art rental scheme while providing direct support to practicing artists.

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