After many years in Canberra, Old Boy Simon Elliott (1980) returned to the warmer climes of Brisbane earlier this year to take up the role of Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). In doing so, he has joined the executive management team to oversee the Gallery’s curatorial, conservation and registration activities. He also has direct responsibility for the management and development of the Gallery’s collection. Simon’s most recent role was Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). He was previously Assistant Director at Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and has held roles at the Brisbane City Gallery (now Museum of Brisbane) and at the Queensland Art Gallery from 1986 to 1999.

Simon holds an MBA from Griffith University and is one of Australia’s recognised experts on the provenance of Indian antiquities. He is keenly aware of the importance of working directly with artists, maximising audience engagement and engaging with benefactors. All of this combined with his wealth of experience at a senior leadership level in a range of Australian public galleries, it is easy to see the value that Simon brings to the Gallery’s executive management team. He is looking forward to being a part of the future plans and ambitions of the Gallery (especially in the Asia Pacific region) and to delivering a range of exciting and creative programs for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

For Churchie, there are two significant events on the Art calendar in Term 4. These being the Churchie ART (CART) Awards Evening and ‘the churchie’ national emerging art prize. Treat yourself by attending these events as they display the wonderful creative talents of students and artists from across Australia respectively.