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Michael Hedger
Director, Manly Art Gallery & Museum 

Michael Hedger has been the Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum since 2012 and was previously the Manager of Manly Council’s Cultural and Information Services. Before this he was Manager of Visitor Services at the National Maritime Museum and Director of the Campbelltown Arts Centre. He was also the Deputy Director of The British Council in Australia and art critic for The Newcastle Herald. He has worked in the visual arts field for 28 years and holds a Doctorate from UNSW in Art Theory.


Christopher Hodges
Artist & Director, Utopia Art Sydney

Christopher Hodges is an artist who has exhibited consistently in solo and group exhibitions since 1978. His paintings, sculptures and prints are included in many private and public collections and he remains an active participant in the visual arts community. In 1988, Christopher opened Utopia Art Sydney, a gallery that began showing indigenous and non-indigenous contemporary art side by side, and which continues today in the same spirit. 


Anne Ryan
Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Anne Ryan is Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where she has organised a number of exhibitions and publications on Australian artists including Fred Williams, David Aspden and Lloyd Rees, and Australian printmaking. She studied at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, and was the Sarah and William Holmes Scholar in the Departments of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in 2001-02. She was the curator of the 2014 and 2016 Dobell Australian drawing biennial exhibitions Drawing out and Close to home and curator of the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Her most recent exhibition was Brett Whiteley, Drawing is everything at the AGNSW in 2018-19.



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