Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Elizabeth Caldwell, has announced her resignation following her successful application for the directorship of City Gallery Wellington.
City Gallery has a singular position in New Zealand as the only public art gallery focussing on contemporary art without maintaining a collection of its own. It represents a direct contrast to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, which is the oldest gallery in the country and renowned for its collection.
“To be the Director at City Gallery Wellington is a unique opportunity and it is a prestigious role, so even though it means an earlier departure from Dunedin than I might have anticipated I have decided to take up the challenge,” says Ms Caldwell.
“I‘ve greatly enjoyed working with the very fine people at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery over the past few years and we’re seeing terrific results from a number of initiatives we’ve put in place. The DCC is achieving a lot on behalf of both the Gallery and the city, and it’s been rewarding to have been part of that.”
Wellington Museum Trust Chief Executive Pat Stuart said, “We are delighted Elizabeth has accepted the challenge of leading City Gallery Wellington into the future. She has both the leadership skills and commitment to contemporary art that will ensure the gallery will continue to flourish.”
Dr Sue Bidrose, DCC General Manager City Strategy and Development, says Ms Caldwell’s resignation is a great loss to this city’s arts sector. “Wellington is very lucky to be gaining someone with the talents Elizabeth has in this field. Our loss is most definitely their gain and we wish her all the very best.”
Ms Caldwell will leave the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for Wellington in July.