Media release – 26/05/16

National Gallery of Victoria wins 2016 Melbourne Achiever Award

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Committee for Melbourne presented the 2016 Melbourne Achiever Award to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this evening at its annual gala dinner.

The Award acknowledges and celebrates significant contributions to our city, which will leave a lasting legacy.

Recognising the enormous contribution the NGV makes to the cultural, educational and social wellbeing of all Victorians, Committee for Melbourne Chair Scott Tanner said, “We are thrilled to present this award to the NGV – a dynamic, vibrant and essential community asset.”

Founded in 1861, the NGV is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia hosting contemporary art, major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. The NGV positions Melbourne on the world stage, attracting visitors from around Australia and overseas and making a significant contribution to our economy.

Director of the National Gallery of Victoria Tony Ellwood will accept the Award on behalf of the organisation.

This year’s annual black tie dinner was held at Laurens Hall, a hidden gem in North Melbourne’s industrial precinct. The Hall will soon make way for the transformational Melbourne Metro Rail Project, and a fitting venue given Committee for Melbourne’s long-term campaigning to increase the City Loop’s capacity.

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