Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art



Chris Saines CNZM is Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia. QAGOMA is one of Australia’s most visited art galleries and is a leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.


Chris has worked for over 35 years as a director, curatorial and collection manager, educator and curator in Australia and New Zealand.  As Director of QAGOMA since 2013, he has overseen major exhibitions by top international artists Cai Guo-Qiang, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter and Patricia Piccinini. He has driven record attendance for the Gallery and steered the eighth and ninth editions of the flagship exhibition series, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, with the recent iteration, APT9, attracting almost 720,000 visitors.


Previously, Chris was Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand from 1996–2013. He currently sits on the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation, continues to judge major national art prizes, and has been on the selection panels for both Australia and New Zealand’s representation at the Venice Biennale.

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