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Brendan Wall has served as a cultural sector executive, public policy adviser and diplomat. His expertise and passion encompasses cultural strategy, policy and planning, research and advocacy, communications and marketing, creative programming, partnerships and development and he enjoys extensive national and international experience spanning cultural institutions, universities, government and diplomacy.
Currently Director of External Relations at UNSW Australia Art & Design in Sydney, Brendan is working with the executive to re-position Australia’s leading art and design faculty as an international centre for creativity with a focus on the student experience, research and innovation, partnerships and new and emerging technologies.
In 2012 Brendan joined the Australia Council for the Arts as Director of Strategy & Planning where he led communications and government relations for the launch of Australia’s National Cultural Policy ‘Creative Australia’ (2013) and the most significant reforms to the Commonwealth funding and advisory agency in it’s 40 year history.
Prior to the Australia Council, Brendan was Director of Cultural Relations and cultural counsellor/attaché to the United States of America in the Australian Embassy Washington DC (2009 - 2012). In this role he directed a number of landmark public diplomacy programs in Washington including the Australia International Cultural Council’s Focus Country program ‘Australia Presents’ (2009), the ’60 Years of ANZUS’ anniversary (2011) and supported Australia’s successful campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council (2012) in New York.
As Senior Adviser to the Premier and Ministers of the Victorian Government (2005-2009) Brendan was responsible for engaging Victoria’s portfolio of more than 90 arts and cultural organisations and worked across government to develop strategies and initiatives to position Melbourne globally as an innovative and creative city as key element of Victoria’s social, economic and brand strategy.
From 2002 - 2005 Brendan played a significant role in the establishment and consolidation of the pioneering Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Dedicated to art, film, television and digital culture, ACMI was launched as a cornerstone of the Federation Square precinct Australia’s largest cultural project since the Sydney Opera House and has progressively secured a reputation as one of the world’s leading media centres.
Earlier in his career Brendan held a range of communications, commercial, research and engagement roles at a number of important cultural and educational institutions including the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Heide Museum of Modern Art, sector peak body Museums Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.