Eric Nash, the new Director of the Benalla Art Gallery, will focus on high quality programming and the Gallery being a place for everyone.
Mr Nash was previously at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, has significant links throughout the state's public gallery sector and regional experience from time at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville, QLD.
Mr Nash said the opportunity to steer the future direction of the Benalla Art Gallery is exciting.
"The Benalla Art Gallery is a source of great pride and affection for the Benalla community, and rightfully so given its architectural significance, impressive collection spanning three centuries of Australian art and the high quality programming that has been delivered in recent years," Mr Nash said.
"I look forward to working with our small, but incredibly dedicated and talented team and our community to continue to build on this strong foundation."
Mr Nash said he is particularly passionate about the role public galleries play in regional settings.
"In a regional setting, a Gallery takes on many roles within its local community - a meeting and recreation space for creatives and the broader public; a place of education; a visitor drawcard and economic generator; a platform to present new ideas and experiences, and similarly to celebrate and inspire talents of our own region.”
"I'm excited by the chance to get to know Benalla much more intimately, and for the team and I to respond to the character of the community and region in a unique and authentic manner to best deliver against all of these objectives."