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Drawing on collected art
work for all Australians
National Gallery of Australia senior curator of prints and drawings Roger Butler displays
some of the various works of art on show.
Photo: Matt Bedford
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For more than 30 years, Roger
Butler has been responsible for
building a collection of
Australian prints, posters and
illustrated books for the
National Gallery of Australia.
As the curator, his brief was
to form a comprehensive
collection of Australian works.
Such a collection did not
exist and was not being formed
by any Australian art museum
or private collector at the time
"I started here in April
1981, he said.
"We had an office in
Fyshwick called the Rotunda --
it is still there. We also had a
storage area that was close by,
which is now a sex
Although state libraries and
museums had partial
collections, they had
emphasised the historical
aspect of the material. Mr
Butler, in contrast, was to focus
on the art.
Now there are nearly
100,000 prints and drawings in
the collection by Australian
John Olsen, Margaret Pres-
ton and Arthur Boyd are just
some of the more recognisable
names in what has become a
vast body of work held by the
Mr Butler said what the
general public saw on the
gallery walls was just the tip of
an enormous iceberg.
"With prints and drawings,
because they are light sensitive,
we keep on turning them over.
"It s not just to show
something new. It is to protect
them. But we also have
facilities where people can
come and see those works.
They can see anything.
Mr Butler said he trained as
an artist before moving into
"In the 60s and the 70s,
there was that idea of a
democratic art, that art could be
for everybody, should be for
everybody, he said.
"That is something that
influenced me greatly ... so
helping form a public
collection is really an extension
These works of art are
owned by the public, they re
things that should be and can
be enjoyed and they re things
that people can learn from.
ANU climbs Times international ranking
The Australian National University has contin-
ued its good run in international rankings --
moving up three places in The Times Higher
Education World University Rankings 2014-15.
ANU has come in at 45 -- up three places on
Its closest competition, the University of
Melbourne, has moved up one place to 33, while
the University of Sydney has moved up 12
places to 60.
The latest ranking, issued in London last
Wednesday, closely follows the ANU coming
25th -- and being the highest-ranked Australian
university -- in the Quacquarelli Symonds World
University Rankings last month.
The Times ranking shows the ANU was
particularly strong in teaching and research
The ANU takes pride in its international
reputation for research and education, so it s
pleasing to receive this recognition on the world
stage, Vice-chancellor Ian Young said.
While rankings can be an imperfect science,
it is satisfying to see the hard work of our staff
and students recognised through the university s
Lights address congestion complaints
The stage one upgrade of Ashley and Erindale
drives is complete, with new part-time traffic
signals installed on the eastern approach to
Sternberg Crescent and Erindale Drive
The lights will work in morning peak period,
typically between 7.45am to 9am Monday to
The initiative is part of a $7 million upgrade
to address congestion and delays that drivers
experience at key intersections on Ashley Drive
and Erindale Drive during the morning and
The ACT government is now designing a
second phase of work, which will involve the
duplication of Ashley Drive with additional off-
road shared paths.
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