March 2017, issue no. 389
Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers became Director of the National Museum of Australia in June 2010.  He was previously the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, a position he held from 1998 until 2010. After studying at the University of Sydney, he began his career at the Art Gallery of New South Wales before moving to Newcastle Region Art Gallery as Assistant Director. In 1985 he joined the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) as Curator of Australian drawings. When he left the NGA thirteen years later, he was Assistant Director (Collections). In June 2010 he was awarded a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to art administration. In September 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra. Andrew has been responsible for several exhibitions of Australian art, particularly in the areas of drawing and portraiture. He has published extensively and is the author of Drawing in Australia (1989); Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century (1994); and Oxford History of Art: Australian Art (2001).