Wangaratta Art Gallery has appointed Rachel Arndt as its Director. Rachel takes on the role from Simone Nolan, who was appointed Manager Arts, Culture and Events at the Rural City of Wangaratta earlier this year.
Rachel brings to the role over two decades of experience in the visual arts in Australia and internationally. Her commitment to regional gallery practice was cemented through a decade with Museums & Galleries of NSW in multiple roles leading a comprehensive range of programs, strategic initiatives, funding opportunities and professional development events for the gallery sector, including the largest regional touring exhibition program of contemporary art in Australia. In early 2021, she moved to Queensland to lead The Condensery in Toogoolawah, where she has implemented the gallery's inaugural strategic vision and artistic program, including the first professionally curated suite of exhibitions. With a deep commitment to connecting artists and art with audiences she has established a learning and engagement program focusing on children and young people, implemented a comprehensive rebrand and embarked on a marketing strategy to build the gallery’s profile and reach. Rachel spent four years in the UK working across exhibitions, loans, acquisitions and collection management for the Arts Council Collection, London and Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford. She holds a Master of Arts Administration from UNSW and a Bachelor in Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.
PGAV welcomes Rachel to the role and to the Victorian public gallery sector.
Image: Photo by Vanessa Low. Supplied: Museums & Galleries of NSW
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.