The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has appointed Caroline Campbell as its new director. Campbell, who will take up the position in November 2022, would be the first feminine director within the museum’s 158-year historical past.
Campbell will be part of the Dublin attraction, which homes a set of Irish and European artwork, after having served because the director of collections and analysis on the Nationwide Gallery, London since 2018. She is going to succeed the museum’s earlier director, Sean Rainbird, who will depart from his position because the establishment’s head after ten years in September.
A specialist in Italian Renaissance artwork, Campbell beforehand held curatorial positions at The Courtauld Gallery, London and the
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Born within the Northern Eire metropolis Belfast, she holds levels from from the College of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Artwork.
In an announcement, Mary Keane, chair of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the Nationwide Gallery of Eire, stated Campbell’s appointment as its first feminine head could be “groundbreaking,” for the nationwide museum, which in 2018 reopened to the general public after a five-year lengthy renovation undertaking. For the reason that unveiling of its refurbished constructing, the museum reported its attendance numbers had almost doubled since 2017.
“Constructing on Sean Rainbird’s achievements, I sit up for working with the Board and the Gallery’s workers on this world-class assortment, making its riches accessible to as extensive an viewers as doable each in Eire and internationally,” stated Campbell in an announcement.
Gabriele Finaldi, director of the Nationwide Gallery, London, praised Campbell’s worldwide fame as a Renaissance artwork skilled, calling her a “gifted artwork historian and a extremely gifted communicator,” Finadli added that the position shift will carry, “a fair nearer collaboration,” with the Eire museum.