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David McAllister to join National Portrait Gallery collection

26 April 2016

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister AM will join the Portrait Gallery’s national collection in a newly-commissioned portrait taken by illustrious Australian photographer, Peter Brew-Bevan.

The portrait will form part of a larger project to recognise the contribution of dance in Australia, including a thematic mini-exhibition of dancers for the portrait’s unveiling and the development of a bespoke dance performance choreographed by Julia Cotton, Anca Frankenhauser and Patrick Harding-Irmer.

This exciting new project has been made possible through the generosity of the Stuart Leslie Foundation. Director of the Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble, said the Foundation’s support has enabled the project to become a reality.

‘With their support the Gallery is able to distinguish not only an individual who has had an incredible impact on Australian ballet, but also honour the ballet industry and its powerful resonance with Australian audiences through the commission of a dance piece,’ he said.

The Chairman of the Stuart Leslie Foundation, Simon Trumble, said the Foundation is pleased to be involved in the commission of the portrait and performance.

‘Australian dance, ballet and performance, have been an area that the Foundation has strongly supported since its formation.’

‘David McAllister’s career has been a leading example of the wonderful contribution dance has made in our society and we are delighted to be a part of this project,’ said Mr Trumble.’

The portrait will be unveiled to the public in Spring 2016 alongside the commissioned dance performance inspired by Australian ballet.

David McAllister AM started his career with The Australian Ballet in 1983 and was quickly promoted to Principal Artist in 1989. In July 2001 he became the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, the position he currently holds today.

Peter Brew-Bevan is known for his creative style of photographic portraiture which captures the essence of his subjects through his use of lighting and location, coupled with his ability to engage and communicate with his subjects.

See below for extended biographs on David McAllister and Peter Brew-Bevan.

For further details or to schedule an interview please contact:

Diane Morris
Assistant Manager, Marketing and Communications
02 6102 7080
0408 491 545
diane.morris@npg.gov.au.