Anna Schwartz Gallery appoints Melissa Loughnan as inaugural Gallery Director for Melbourne and Sydney

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

Melbourne, Australia: Anna Schwartz Gallery today announced the appointment of Melissa Loughnan, Founding Director of Utopian Slumps, to the position of Director for both Sydney and Melbourne galleries, representing the first time this role has been created.

Melissa Loughnan will direct both curation and management of Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne and Sydney, effective from February 2015. Ms. Loughnan will also guest curate a group exhibition of international artists for Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney, opening this November. Anna Schwartz will actively continue in her role as Director of her eponymous gallery, established in 1982, which she has developed into one of Australia’s most respected commercial galleries.

“This announcement represents an exciting expansion for Anna Schwartz Gallery that embraces a new younger generation of artistic practice into our existing stable of established and highly regarded artists,” said Founding Director Anna Schwartz.

“We expect Melissa’s appointment to stimulate the internal dynamic of the gallery and we look forward to some stimulating new projects for 2015 and beyond, that will engage in a global dialogue,” added Anna Schwartz.

Melissa Loughnan is the Founding Director of Utopian Slumps, established in 2007 as a non-profit curator-run arts initiative and re-launched in 2010 as a commercial space. Utopian Slumps will close its doors at the end of 2014 to coincide with the end of its lease, however, curatorial and consulting projects for the gallery will continue under the direction of Utopian Slumps’ current Gallery Manager Charlotte Cornish, mentored by Loughnan. SLOPES, a crowd-funded, a year-long side initiative of Utopian Slumps that is currently directed by curator Brooke Babington, is also set conclude this December.

“Melissa has made a valuable contribution to Australia’s contemporary art sector through her work at Utopian Slumps, which will continue in her new capacity as Director of Anna Schwartz Gallery, as she develops new curatorial projects incorporating the artists of the gallery and a new generation.” said Anna Schwartz.

Commenting on her appointment, Melissa Loughnan noted: “I am delighted to be joining one of Australia’s most respected and established commercial galleries. This move allows me to conceive more ambitious curatorial projects that would otherwise have not been possible.”