Appointment to National Gallery of Australia Council

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The Albanese Labor Government has today announced the appointment of Mr Abdul-Rahman Abdullah as a member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia for a three-year term.

Mr Abdullah is a distinguished visual artist based in the Peel region of Western Australia, working primarily in sculpture and installation.

His work has been exhibited extensively across Australia, notably at the Tarrawarra Biennial 2023 and Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in 2022 and 2016, as well as The National in 2019.

Previously, Mr Abdullah has served as a member of the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, welcomed the appointment.

“It’s essential that our important national cultural institutions have authentic leadership that reflects their objectives, as well as modern Australia.

“Abdul-Rahman’s expertise and experience as a talented and awarded visual artist ensures he will make a valuable contribution to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia.

“The National Gallery is one of our premier cultural institutions and I’m pleased to see it continue in safe hands.”

The Albanese Labor Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive, recognises the importance of Australia’s national collecting institutions and the critical role they play in telling the story of our country.

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