“With a background in commercial marketing, Kerry brings a wealth of local and international experience – from broadcast and filmmaking to publishing and hospitality,” said Simon Mordant, MCA Chairman. “She has been a passionate champion of the arts throughout her career and will be a great addition to our board.”
“A successful museum needs engaged and influential community members to take on board roles in order to assist with its long-term institutional goals,” Mordant continued. “We look forward to working with Kerry to support the MCA in showcasing great Australian contemporary artists internationally.”
Kerry Gardner is a Melbourne-based Writer/Director of fresh new Australian documentary films shining a new light on Art, Design and Architecture. Her films have been shown in a number of local and international film festivals including the Canadian Film festival ‘Female Eye’ in Toronto and the Sonoma Film Festival in California.
Her current directorships include the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Australian Institute of Art History. She is a Founding Patron of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and Ambassador for the Natalie Miller Fellowship for Women in Film. She is also member of the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Myer Foundation / Sidney Myer Fund, and Global Ambassador (Asia Pacific) for the Global Fund for Women in New York.
Her past board directorships include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Women’s Trust, Deputy Chair of both Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre Company, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (Steering Committee) and director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She holds a Masters in Film and Television from the VCA/University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from the RMIT.
“I am inspired by the world-class innovative cultural educational programme run by MCA’s talented staff, and I am truly honored to join the MCA board,” Kerry Gardner commented. “For decades, the MCA has taken a leadership role in shaping an Australia that values contemporary art and artists, and I look forward to working with the Board and Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE to support this core mission.”