Exit interview: Shane Breynard, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

After almost ten years at the helm of Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Shane Breynard is stepping into a new career.

Stepping down as director of the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (CMAG) has been a gradual process for Shane Breynard. He initially took leave last year to begin a PhD at Australian National University, but found himself being drawn into his research so much that he formally resigned in November 2019.

‘I am really enjoying the opportunity to dig deep into what is for me a fascinating research topic and to be a part of the research community at the School of History at ANU,’ Breynard told ArtsHub. He is particularly interested in how Canberra is portrayed in the moving image and the museum’s role, in changing ideas of nationhood.

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George Dunford is Director of Content at ArtsHub and Screenhub. He has written for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Lonely Planet, The Good Food Guide and others. He has worked in digital leadership roles in the cultural sector for more than 10 years including at the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Wheeler Centre. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hack_packer