100 days on the job: Bree Pickering, National Portrait Gallery

How is Bree Pickering using her US experience to regear the National Portrait Gallery in its 25th anniversary year?
black and white photograph of gallery director Bree Pickering

Canberra couldn’t be any more different than Noosa, as far as its goes. But it’s still not surprising that Queensland-born Bree Pickering is at home in the diplomatic heart of Australia, as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG).

In 2012, she was ensconced in another political hotspot – Washington DC (US) – where she was the Cultural Program Manager and Curator for the Australian Embassy under then Ambassador Kim Beasley.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina