Angus Trumble reflects on his time at the National Portrait Gallery

Taking risks, working with government and escalating the acquisition program: the National Portrait Gallery's outgoing Director reflects on his five years in the role.
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Angus Trumble; image courtesy the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Sitting down with Angus Trumble, outgoing Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, the Gallery’s fire alarm system shrieked into action and we were forced to exit the building.

While it offered a dramatic conclusion to our chat, Trumble’s exit from the top role after five years has been anything but dramatic in tone.

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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