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Julian Beaumont is the Chairman of the Macquarie Bank Art Collection.  Mr Beaumont spent twenty-four years with Macquarie Bank and was Head of its Operations Group until 1996. He was also a development consultant to Accenture in the United States, involved in their senior educational program. He is currently Chairman of several toll road companies in Sydney associated with Macquarie interests. He is the Chairman of St Luke’s Hospital in Sydney and of a number of commercial enterprises. Mr Beaumont has had a long association with the arts in Australia. He began the Macquarie Bank Art Collection in 1985 and has remained its Chairman ever since. In 1996 Mr Beaumont became Chairman of the Foundation for Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, a position he held for about five years, and in the same year was appointed to the founding Advisory Board of the National Art School, Sydney. He has been a member of the judging panel of the National Sculpture Prize since its inception.

Dr Anna Gray is the Assistant Director, Australian Art, at the National Gallery of Australia. She was previously Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, and the Head of Art, Australian War Memorial. Anna Gray has written widely on Australian art and artists. Her publications include a major monograph on George Lambert, and she was the editor of the first volume of The diaries of Donald Friend (2001) and Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia (2002). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including The Edwardians: secrets and desires at the National Gallery of Australia (2004). She was awarded a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art in 2005 and is currently working with Dr John Gage on a major exhibition on John Constable, scheduled for 2006. Dr Gray has served on many national and international boards and committees, and is currently a member of the Board of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University.

Dr Deborah Hart is Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia. She was previously Director of the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, and has also worked for the Queensland Art Gallery, Wollongong City Gallery, Parliament House Art Collection and the University of Wollongong. She has curated numerous major exhibitions, including Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition at  the National Gallery of Australia (2005); John Olsen retrospective exhibition  at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1991–92); Identities: art from Australia at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (1993–94), and was part of the curatorial team for the Third  Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery (1999). Dr Hart has written widely on Australian art and artists.  Her monograph John Olsen, first published in 1991 and now in its third edition, was short-listed for a New South Wales Premier’s literary award for non-fiction, and her book Joy Hester and friends has been re-published in its second edition by Thames and Hudson in association with the National Gallery of Australia. She is currently on the Art Advisory Committee for the Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.

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Hilarie Mais is one of Australia’s leading contemporary sculptors. She was born in England and studied at the Winchester School of Art and the Slade School of Art, London. In 1977 she was awarded the Boise Scholarship and moved to New York, where she was awarded a Fellowship to the New York Studio School. Hilarie Mais came to Australia in 1981. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, including the 6th and 7th Biennale of Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1986 and 1988); Systems end: contemporary art in Australia in Osaka, Japan, and touring Asia (1996); and Southern reflections, Stockholm Kulturhuset, Sweden, and touring Scandinavia (1998–99). Mais has received a number awards, including the Australia Council Fellowship in 1993, the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 1994 and a Pollock–Krasner Foundation Award in 2000. Hilarie Mais’s work is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Ron Radford is the Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Prior to taking up this position in 2005 he was Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1991 to 2004, and is an Affiliate Professor at the Adelaide University. He has worked in art museums in Victoria and South Australia for over thirty years, and has curated nearly sixty exhibitions, the latest being Island to Empire: 300 years of British art 1550–1850, presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005). He has served on many boards and committees, including over four years as a member of the Australia Council and Chair of its Visual Arts/Craft Board. In 1999 he was appointed Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. He was a Foundation Member of the National Portrait Gallery Board from 1997 and its Deputy Chair from 2001 to 2004. He is a Trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation, a Board Member of Art Exhibitions Australia and in 2004 was appointed a member of the International Museums Directors Conference. In 2003 he was made a member of the Order of Australia.

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John Stringer is the Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth. He has worked professionally in the visual arts, both in Australia and overseas, for a period exceeding forty years. Previous positions have included Exhibitions Officer, National Gallery of Victoria; Assistant Director, International Program, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Director of Visual Arts, Americas Society, New York; and Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Western Australia. He was curator of The field, the seminal exhibition that marked the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968, and recently curated seeking TRANSCENDENCE: Edvard Munch, Mark Rothko, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin, Wolfgang Laib for the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival. John Stringer has served on various boards, including the Visual Arts/Crafts Board of the Australia Council; Artbank, Sydney; and Murdoch University Art Collection, Perth.

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