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Bronwyn Campbell is the National Gallery of Australia’s Senior Curator, Provenance, stewarding research into the ownership histories of over 155,000 works of art to evaluate their legal and ethical suitability for the national collection.

This research is the result of a decade of policy evolution sparked by the Australian Government’s 2014 seizure of a 1000-year old Indian bronze Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja). This work is now setting a benchmark for ethical collection management and has resulted in the return of dozens of works of art to their countries of origin.

While the Asian art provenance research and repatriation project highlights the particular challenges that larger collecting institutions face in terms of the international trade in illicit art, the collection-wide review addresses issues relevant to all collections, regardless of their size, age or focus.

Against this background, Campbell addresses how international conventions, domestic legislation, industry standards and institutional policy can be translated into values-centred practice that promotes sound governance but also creates opportunities to forge genuine engagement between collections, audiences and creator communities.

Suitable for all ages. Tickets are free but bookings essential

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27 Mar

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350


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