THE director of ACT Museums and Galleries, Peter Haynes, has resigned from the Cultural Facilities Corporation, effective from the end of July, to take up the post of art curator at the University of Canberra.
CEO Harriet Elvin, said Haynes had “made an immense contribution to the corporation” and would be much missed, but that he would retain a close involvement with the CFC as guest curator of forthcoming exhibitions at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Elvin added that his move provided an opportunity for the corporation to strengthen its links with the university, Haynes, a graduate of Sydney University, is a distinguished curator and visual arts writer, and a former director of the Parliament House Art Collection and of Nolan Gallery.
In his position at ACT Museums and Galleries, he has been a driving force in raising the profile of Canberra-region artists. He also presided, controversially, over the removal of the Sidney Nolan collection into the Canberra Museum and Gallery, where it now resides.
Haynes reacted coldly to last year’s Loxton Report, which had suggested a possible lessening of the role of the Cultural Facilities Corporation in Canberra.
He is currently completing a PhD in art history at the Australian National University.