Shane is the Director of Canberra Museum and Gallery and Director, Corporate Strategy for the Cultural Facilities Corporation.
He is passionate about regional museums and galleries, the creative and community life of the Canberra region, and the plural nature of Australian cultural identity. He is also interested in the opportunities and implications posed for contemporary public culture by our increasing use of online technologies.
He 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 master degree, in environment, from the University of Melbourne. After a period working in the United Kingdom, Shane returned to Canberra late in 2000 and was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts grant to work in collaboration with a young artist in Brasilia. 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 senioradvisor, and latterly Chief of Staff, to the former ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope.
Shane is a sought after speaker, panellist, writer and fundraiser. He is a member of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee and was recently an Australia Council for the Arts Peer, Committee Vice-President at Alliance Française de Canberra and a member of the ACT Arts in Health Committee.
Shane tweets at @shanebreynard