Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria
Tony Ellwood AM is the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He began his career as an Aboriginal Art Coordinator, working at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra; then worked as a Curator at the NGV, specialising in major international curatorial projects. He was Director, Bendigo Art Gallery; Deputy Director – International Art, NGV and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) prior to returning to the NGV as Director in August 2012.
Many important exhibitions presented in Australia in the past decade have been under Tony’s direction, including Contemporary Australia: Optimism (2008); Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future (2010); 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (2010); Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams (2011); Matisse: Drawing Life (2011) and Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado (2012) at QAGOMA and Monet’s Garden (2013); Melbourne Now (2013) Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court (2014) The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the sidewalk to the catwalk (2014) and Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015) at NGV. He has also written and edited numerous publications and articles.
Tony has been on several state and Commonwealth boards, including the Visions of Australia Committee, Museums Australia National Board, Victorian College of the Arts Board and Academic committee; the Art Exhibitions Australia Board and the Japan–Australia Foundation Board. Tony was also on the selection committees for the 2005 and 2009 Venice Biennales.