Meet the art gallery's new director

MEET MARY: Mary Findlay is the new Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery director.
MEET MARY: Mary Findlay is the new Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery director. Amy Kadel

THE vacant role of gallery director has been filled, with Mary Findlay joining the team at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

While she has never worked as a gallery director, the former teacher has experience in the art world.

"I've run lots of art programs,” she said.

"As head of special education at my last job, we had a disability program and we had an art program and we did an exhibition every year to raise funds, so I've been heavily involved in the arts and art galleries.”

During her time at the gallery, Mrs Findlay hopes to carry on the legacy Nicola Holly has left behind.

"I've been given a great legacy by Nicola. I'm really pleased to have taken over while the art gallery is doing so well.”

While she doesn't officially start on the job until next Tuesday, Mrs Findlay has already begun planning, but first wants to get a handle on her new role.

"I will be trying to get a handle on the operational things and everyday work. It's all exciting, getting new ideas,” she said.

"I really would like to create stronger partnerships with the schools, not that they're not strong already but trying to make sure there's a succession here for the future,” she said.

Mrs Findlay is excited to work closely with the volunteers.

"I'm over the moon,” she said.

"The reason the art gallery is so successful is because the volunteer base is successful, and that's huge. Volunteers are hugely important.”

Topics:  arts and culture, new appointment, stanthorpe art gallery

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