Shane Breynard


Shane Breynard

Shane is the Director of Canberra Museum and Gallery.

He is passionate about the creative and community life of the ACT region, and is interested in the opportunities and implications posed for museums by our increasing use of online technologies. Shane is also interested in museums' use of cultural pluralism as a positive tool in the promotion of regional and national identity.

Shane studied at the Australian National University School of Art where he was awarded a first class honours degree, The University Medal and a master of arts degree by research. He subsequently gained a second masters degree, in environment, from the University of Melbourne.

After working in the United Kingdom for four years, Shane returned to Canberra in 2000 and was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts grant to work in collaboration with a young artist in Brasilia, one of the Southern hemisphere’s other great planned capital cities.

Shane has worked as managing editor of Art Monthly Australia, as a cultural planner and in a number of government arts policy and arts infrastructure roles.

From 2008 to 2011 Shane was advisor, and latterly Chief of Staff, to the former ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope.

Shane is a regular contributor to the community, cultural and academic life of the ACT region through his role as speaker, panellist, writer and fundraiser. He assists in the assessment of applications to the Australia Council for the Arts as a Peer.

Shane tweets at @shanebreynard