One of Melbourne’s iconic public galleries, Heide Museum of Modern Art, announced this week that Dr Natasha Cica has resigned as director.
In an online statement, chairman of the board Steven M Skala explained that Cica was appointed a year ago. “Dr Cica was engaged by Heide MOMA’s Board to drive significant cultural and organisational change,” he said. “She has been instrumental in identifying and implementing strategic action and innovative partnerships to deliver this.”
Towards the end of 2017, Cica had come under scrutiny from The Australian, who reported on one-third of staff leaving Heide since she took the position.
Cica joined the gallery following a career outside of the arts, holding positions in law and academic research. She is director of a consultancy firm Kapacity.org which helps ‘organisations deliver effective and sustainable change’.
Lesley Harding, senior curator and head of exhibitions, and Tim Sligo, chief operating officer, will share director responsibilities until a new appointment is made.
Change is also coming to the Art Gallery of Ballarat where Louise Tegart will be taking over as director in June. Tegart replaces Gordon Morrison who has led the gallery for 14 years. Tegart is currently assistant director of content and innovation at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory (MAGNT) and will be relocating to Victoria.
With a dedicated background in exhibition development and directorial roles, Tegart has curated over 100 exhibitions and is a former director of Latrobe Regional Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney. A graduate of the Museum Leadership Program with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Curatorship from the Australian National University, Tegart plans to build on the strong legacy left by Morrison.