Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Scottish born Elizabeth Ann Macgregor has had a career as colourful as her famous wardrobe, beginning as Curator/Driver of the Scottish Arts Council’s Travelling Gallery, taking exhibitions on board a converted bus all over Scotland.

This experience fired her commitment to engaging new audiences with the work of living artists. After three years working in the Arts Council of Great Britain supporting regional galleries, she spent ten years as the Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, building it into one of the most respected contemporary galleries in Britain.

Since taking over the Directorship of the MCA in 1999, Liz Ann has transformed the institution – since she introduced free access, attendances have more than trebled – so it’s no surprise to hear that the MCA was named Sydney’s favourite museum in a Chamber of Commerce survey.

In 2000 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to contemporary art, in 2007 the Equity Trustees CEO award for Significant Innovation, and more recently, the 2008 Veuve Clicquot Award. She is passionate about making art accessible to everyone and is an advocate for the arts on all levels.


A tale of two cultures

EssayUNDERSTANDING OF ART can no longer be limited – as it often appears to be in the popular imagination – to something in a frame on a wall, or a piece of sculpture. Contemporary artists offer vaster, more engaged...

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