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Wired In: May 2016

Find out who's coming and going in the arts for May 2016.

In Museums and Galleries

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has appointed Keinton Butler as the new Senior Curator. The position will have a focus on design and architecture. Butler has most recently established Precinct, a project space in London focused on cultural exchange between artists, designers and local communities. Previously she worked as a curator in London at the Tate Modern, British Council and the London Design Festival, Butler has a degree in Furniture Technology from RMIT University in Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts in Curating Contemporary Design from the Design Museum in London and Kingston University.

Penny Fowler has been appointed to the Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia for the next three years. She is Director of the Australian Ballet, and holds several other board positions as Chair of the Herald and Weekly Times, the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and formerly of the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. She is also a member of boards of the Monash Industry Council of Advisers and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

In Organisations

Rachael Coghlan is the new CEO of Craft ACT. She brings more than 20 years’ experience working in national cultural institutions in Australia's museum sector, working in the areas of audience development, exhibitions and events and digital and external communications. She was the project director for National Arboretum Canberra and has held senior management roles at the National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery. Rachael also is a current PhD candidate at the Australian National University in Canberra, exploring opportunities to democratise the museum experience using audience participation.

Actor and director, Rachel Griffiths and business and technology consultant, Karen Corry have been appointed to the board of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. They are replacing retiring members, media developer and film producer Ricci Swart, Channel 9 reporter Sebastian Costello, and entrepreneur Andrew Ranger.

The ‎Manager Cultural Strategy at City of Sydney is Lisa Colley who was previously Director of Entrepreneur Development in the Department of Industry NSW and before that, Director Creative Industries Innovation Centre based at the University of Technology Sydney. Lisa has had a 30 year long career in arts and cultural management which included working in various directorial roles at the Australia Council for the Arts in Sydney and before that, in senior positions in South Australia.

Artsource WA has welcomed to their team Kate Roberts as Head of Membership Services and Jane King as Head of Membership Development.


Lara Nicholls has been appointed as the curator for 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale. She is currently the Assistant Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.


One of Australia’s most respected sculptors, German-born Inge King died recently after a long and illustrious career. She first studied at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts but with the Nazi’s rise to power, escaped as a refugee to the UK, where she studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She later moved to an artists' community near London where she met and married artist Grahame King. They moved to live in Australia in 1951. Inge King was at the forefront of the development of non-figurative sculpture in Australia and was a founding member of the Centre 5 group of sculptors. She received many significant public commissions and her work is held in public and private collections. Inge King was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1984 and in 2009, the Australian Arts Council awarded her the Visual Arts Emeritus Award, in recognition of her central role in raising the profile of modern sculpture in Australia.