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

Jane Hylton appointed to the National Gallery of Australia Council

Media release
16 July 2010

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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced the appointment of Ms Jane Hylton to the National Gallery of Australia Council.

The appointment is for three years.

"I'm very pleased Ms Hylton has agreed to serve on the Council of the National Gallery of Australia," Mr Garrett said.

"Ms Hylton has extensive experience in the art museum sector and specialises in Australian art. She worked for the Art Gallery of South Australia for more than 20 years before setting up a private art consultancy business in 2000.

Ms Hylton has just completed a term as Acting Artistic Director at the Art Gallery of South Australia and is a member of Alexandrina Council's Arts and Culture Committee, as well as serving on the board of the Nora Heysen Foundation.

"I look forward to working with Ms Hylton in what will be an exciting period for the Gallery as it enters a new phase with the completion of its building extension project later this year," Mr Garrett said.

The Gallery's most recent exhibition, which closed on 11 July, celebrated Hans Heysen, one of the most pivotal Australian landscape artists of the early 20th century.

Opening at the Gallery on 24 July will be Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire. Dowling was renowned for his paintings of pastoralists and their properties. This travelling exhibition is the first retrospective of the artist's comprehensive body of work. The exhibition runs until 3 October 2010.

The National Gallery of Australia Council provides strategic guidance and vision to the Gallery. It plays a key role in the Gallery achieving its goal of serving the public by enhancing understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.

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