Andrew Sayers AM today announced that he will retire from his position as Director of the National Museum of Australia (NMA) effective from 1 July 2013. He will leave his position at the NMA to be with his wife who lives and works in Melbourne.
Mr Sayers began his tenure as Director of the National Museum of Australia in 2010 after leaving his position at as Director of the National Portrait Gallery, a position he held since 1998. He has had an extensive career in the cultural sector, both as a curator and arts administrator.
“I have worked at cultural institutions in Canberra since 1985 and retain a great affection for the city and its special place in the cultural life of Australia. I leave the Museum confident that the reputation of the Museum as the home of our national treasures is one of which we can all be proud. Professionally, I have enjoyed making a contribution to the Museum, yet, as many couples have discovered a ‘commuter relationship’ is not ideal,” said Mr Sayers.
During his time as Director of the National Museum, Mr Sayers has been responsible for a major building expansion program that has included displaying more of the Museum's large objects in the entrance hall, a new and exciting cafe precinct and an eye-catching new wing to allow for more exhibition space for the Museum's growing collection.