NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced Art Gallery of NSW Director Michael Brand has been reappointed. The decision comes as the Gallery embarks on the $344 million Sydney Modern project. NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin says Dr Brand has impressed the arts community and inspired audiences with his stewardship of the Gallery.

“Michael’s talent as a world class art museum director has seen him secure remarkable exhibitions and acquisitions for the Gallery and I look forward to many more in the years to come. “With the Gallery set to undergo a once in a generation expansion, Michael’s passion for the project made him an obvious choice to guide our magnificent cultural institution”.

Dr Brand said he is excited to continue his tenure at the Gallery. “I look forward to continuing to inspire audiences who seek to engage with art and join important conversations sparked by art and artists, said Dr Brand.

“In 2016/17 the Gallery recorded its highest attendance figures ever, including overall visitation of nearly 1.6 million people. I look forward to continuing our strong growth while nurturing the role we play as part of Australia’s national culture”.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Board President David Gonski welcomed Dr Brand’s reappointment.“The Trustees are very pleased Michael has been reappointed as director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales,” he said.“It’s an extremely exciting time for the Gallery as it works towards its expansion”.

“Under Michael’s guidance, the initial planning work for the Sydney Modern Project has been meticulous. Michael’s contribution to the construction phase of the project will also be invaluable, and we look forward to continuing our work with him.”