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Claire Richardson.
Claire Richardson.

Claire Richardson Named Executive Director of the Australian Center for Contemporary Art

The Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne has appointed Claire Richardson as its new executive director. Richardson currently manages the visual arts program for the municipal government of Stonnington, which is located southeast from the city center of Melbourne. She succeeds Linda Mickleborough, who departed the center in April, and will assume her responsibilities in October.

“An exceptional team leader and collaborator, with enviable experience at all levels of institutional management, we look forward to her joining the executive team at ACCA,” said Max Delany, ACCA’s artistic director and CEO. “Claire takes the managerial helm as we work towards expanding our impact in artistic programming, education, and community engagement, and continuing the vital role ACCA plays within Australia’s visual arts ecology, particularly as a leading producer of art, ideas, and conversations about the important subjects of our time.”

Over the course of her career, Richardson has served as the exhibitions manager at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, the senior exhibition coordinator and acting exhibitions manager at the National Gallery of Victoria, and a member of the exhibition team, assembled by the Australia Council for the Arts, that worked on the Australian pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Commenting on her new role, Richardson said: “I have long appreciated and admired ACCA’s innovation, exceptional exhibition and educational programming and unwavering support of artists, curators, arts administrators and enthusiasts. I very much look forward to working with Max Delany, the board, the staff and the wider ACCA community to advance its strategic vision, whilst continuing the incredible work for which ACCA is renowned.”

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