Mr French comes to the Museum with extensive leadership experience within the not-for-profit arts and cultural sector, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Carriageworks, Sydney (2019-2023).
Prior roles include Director, Curatorial and Digital at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2013-2019); Executive Director, Artspace Visual Arts Centre (2006-2013); Associate Director, Performance Space (2002-2005); and Program Manager (1996-1999) and Acting Director (1998-1999) at the Australian Centre for Photography.
AlburyCity Chief Executive Officer, Frank Zaknich, announced the appointment after a nationwide search for the Museum’s next leader.
“AlburyCity is confident that Blair will be a great asset for the Museum, and for the region more broadly. We look forward to welcoming Blair to the city and supporting him as he leads the next, significant chapter of the Museum’s life,” Mr Zaknich said.
The Museum’s independent Board, MAMA Ltd, is thrilled with the appointment.
Chairperson Janet Osborne commented: “Blair is a highly accomplished arts leader and we are really excited to have him accept this position as MAMA moves towards becoming an independent entity. Blair brings with him a wealth of knowledge, skills and understanding about leading a modern arts organisation and the Museum will benefit greatly from his vision and understanding.”
As an experienced curator and writer with a longstanding engagement with Australian photography, Blair French has been following the work of the Museum for many years.