Western Australia

WA arts stalwart appointed Australia Council chair

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The WA Government has welcomed the announcement of long-time arts stalwart Sam Walsh AO, as the new chair of the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Australia Council is one of the country’s most esteemed arts bodies. Established in 1975, it is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body that champions and invests in Australian arts.

The Australian Government announced Mr Walsh’s appointment to chair, having joined the board as a member in 2016.

Mr Walsh is currently the chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, commissioning panel chair of the Australian representation for the Venice Biennale, chair of the Perth Diocesan Trust, chair elect of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA), chair of the Accenture Global Mining Council and global president of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Formerly a chief executive of Rio Tinto, Mr Walsh retired in 2016. He has been the director of the Royal Opera House and Ballet while based in London, and former chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, chair of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture and chair of the Australian Business Arts Foundation.

For his distinguished service to the mining industry and the Western Australian community, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010.

Source: WA Government