Jessica Bridgfoot.

Jessica Bridgfoot Named Director of Australia’s Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery, in Bendigo, Australia—one of the oldest cultural spaces in the region—announced that Jessica Bridgfoot has been appointed the gallery’s next director. Bridgfoot has worked as a curator at the institution since 2016. She succeeds former director Karen Quinlan, who left the gallery in late 2018.

“After an extensive search, the city is very pleased to appoint Jessica to this important leadership role within our organization, the Greater Bendigo community, and the Australian arts industry,” said Bernie O’Sullivan, the director of strategy and growth for the City of Greater Bendigo. He added, “Jessica’s achievements in delivering contemporary and innovative art programing, coupled with her vision to raise the gallery’s engagement and visitor experience through digital platforms, diverse programing, and education made her a stand-out choice.”

A Bendigo native, Bridgfoot said she intends to focus on expanding the gallery’s contemporary program and to organize more historic shows. She will also aim to deliver more exhibitions dedicated to the First Nations and interactive experiences at the gallery. “Together with the exceptional Gallery team, I look forward to building on the successes of the past, including delivering blockbuster exhibitions focusing on fashion, celebrity and design, while growing our fantastic contemporary and historic shows,” Bridgfoot said.

During her nearly three years as curator, Bridgfoot secured funding for a First Nations curator and curated a range of exhibitions, including “Myuran Sukamaran: Another Day in Paradise” (2018); “New Histories and Gothic Beauty: Victorian Notions of Love, Loss and Mourning” (2018–19); and “Defining the Australian Ugliness,” which is currently on view.