Director of ACP resigns
Kon Gouriotis was named Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in November 2011 following the departure of Alasdair Foster in the same year.
Gouriotis came to ACP from his role as Director of visual arts at The Australia Council for the Arts and before that, Director at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Today, Chairman of the ACP, the Hon. Craig Knowles announced that after a stint of less than two years at the helm of the ACP, Mr Gouriotis would resign from his post, sighting his desire to “pursue some alternative career options”.
Below is the official message from ACP Chairman, Mr Knowles:
It is with considerable sadness that I announce the departure of our Director, Kon GouriotisOAM. Kon advised me some weeks ago that, he was considering his future and that he wanted to pursue some alternative career options.
Naturally, as might be expected, Kon and I had many conversations about his ideas and as a longstanding friend and colleague I now support Kon in his decision and his desire for change. I know I speak on behalf of the Board, staff and many friends of the Australian Centre for Photography when I wish him well and every success in his future ventures.
During his time Kon has made a substantial impact on the fortunes of the ACP. Thanks to Kon,Photofile is back in print and online after a few years in hibernation, The Presidents: from JFK to Obama David Burnett, À Rebours Pat Brassington and Contemplations Robert Besanko exhibitions opened to great national reviews and big audiences here in Sydney, whilst our international credentials were boosted with the success in Beijing of Making Change: Celebrating 40 years of Australia-China diplomatic relations.
Kon, of course, will always remain a friend of the ACP. He has undertaken to provide assistance to me and the executive so as to ensure a smooth transition to the new leadership team.
With that in mind, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne Buljan as our Photographic Courses Manager.
Suzanne, who holds first class BA and MA degrees in Fine Arts (Photomedia) from UNSW College of Fine Arts (COFA), comes to us with a wealth of experience. She has tutored and lectured in digital media, photomedia and communications at both COFA, UTS Sydney, Metro Screen and in Taiwan. She has a long list of television and film credits as a designer and photographer, including the Sapphires, Superman Returns and the Matrix movies. She has extensive experience in managing design studios and is an accomplished photographer and contemporary visual artist. She specialises in both digital and analogue photography and has exhibited nationally.
Chairman, Australian Centre for Photography