Formerly the director of the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand, Australian-born Saines will lead the highly successful institution into its next phase of development.
“Mr Saines will build on the Gallery’s significant achievements in the six years since the opening of its second site, the Gallery of Modern Art,” Mr Newman said.
“Mr Saines’ track record makes him the outstanding candidate to lead what is already one of the best attended art museums in the country to even greater success.
“I’m confident he will fulfil the brief to provide an accessible and engaging art experience to audiences, while enhancing QAGOMA’s reputation as an art museum of international standing, and Queensland’s reputation as a culturally dynamic state.”
Mr Newman said the international search had considered a strong field of candidates from Australia and overseas.
A highly skilled and respected gallery director with 30 years’ experience leading public art institutions in Australia and New Zealand, Saines will take over from the current acting director Suhanya Raffel.
From 2001-11, Saines led a major $125 million building development for the Auckland Art Gallery. He established a Foundation that contributed $52.5 million and managed the project from inception to completion.
QAGOMA is currently showing its flagship contemporary art exhibition "The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)", which attracted more than 18,000 visitors over its opening weekend.