Despite the freezing Melbourne morning on my first day as Director at the NGV three months ago, I’ve received an extremely warm welcome from all. Now I hope to extend that welcome to old and new visitors, who I look forward to seeing at the NGV soon.

There are so many fantastic things to look forward to at NGV this summer and beyond.

Having been part of the team who launched The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, I’m pleased to be back to celebrate its anniversary as part of Federation Square’s 10th birthday this month. During this time, visitors to NGV Australia can see Negotiating this world: Contemporary Australian Art which brings together a selection of more than 100 examples of contemporary art from the NGV Collection acquired through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists.

Visitors to the NGV can also experience the breathtaking work of Signac and Seurat in Australia’s first comprehensive exhibition of Neo-Impressionism as well as the work of two major stars of global contemporary photography, Jeff Wall and Thomas Demand, who will feature in separate survey exhibitions.

We have recently announced a new series of exciting, large scale exhibitions and projects, NGV Summer.

NGV Summer will focus on modern or contemporary art and design and will be as ambitious in reach and relevance as its winter counterpart.

As part of NGV Summer at NGV Australia next year, we will be presenting a new exhibition called ‘Melbourne Now’, which will celebrate the very best of Melbourne artists and designers, including not only visual art but also fashion, architecture, design, music and film.

I look forward to showcasing the very best of Melbourne’s cultural landscape, bringing exclusive international blockbusters to Melbourne, and continuing to present Australia’s finest art collection for all to enjoy.

Stay tuned for further details of a range of exciting things to see and do at your gallery. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.