Shock resignation leaves art school rudderless

The Director of the National Art School has resigned at a critical moment when the school faces a potential sell-off or merger.
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Michael Snelling; supplied

The news this week of the resignation of Michael Snelling, Director of the National Art School (NAS) Sydney has landed hard on the art education sector.

It comes at a critical juncture for the school, which has been caught up in conversations over merger talks between the Sydney College of the Arts and the UNSW Art and Design schools, and its own battle to maintain its independence and location. 

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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