Maitland Regional Art Gallery appoints accomplished gallery director
Maitland City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerry Bobsien as the Gallery Director of Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG).
After an extensive national recruitment process which attracted a high calibre of candidates, Ms Bobsien's experience, which included roles with Newcastle City Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, the LockUp Gallery, University of Newcastle and her most recent position as head of Governance and Strategy at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, gave her the advantage.
Maitland Mayor Cr Loretta Baker says, 'The Gallery Director plays a critical role working with gallery staff, volunteers and over 1,000 MRAG members to deliver world class exhibitions not only for the people of Maitland, but to draw visitation from outside the area, supporting our visitor economy. We are pleased to have attracted such an accomplished professional to take the helm of one of Australia’s best regional galleries and oversee the Gallery’s enviable collection, worth over $10 million’.
MRAG Members President Sui-Linn White says 'The MRAG Members Committee is looking forward to welcoming Ms Bobsien to the role and building on its successful collaboration with the Gallery. Our focus is to support the Gallery's program, advocate for the significant role it plays in making our community a great place to live, and to retain its reputation as 'the people's Gallery' through access, equity and education. It is a credit to the Council to have attracted such a strong and accomplished candidate'.
Ms Bobsien is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (English), Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and Graduate Diploma Information Technology and Library Management.
Ms Bobsien will take the reins from Keryl Collard who was seconded to the position of Manager Gallery and Libraries and will return to her substantive role of Manager Libraries & Learning. Council wishes to acknowledge Ms Collard’s contribution to the Gallery over the past 12 months.
MRAG remains temporarily closed to the public to help with minimising the spread of COVID-19 in the community, however, is currently offering a range of experiences for its audience to enjoy at home. Full details of all Gallery activities are available at mrag.org.au
The Gallery’s online service delivery forms part of Maitland City Council’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, which you can read more about online at maitland.nsw.gov.au