Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

Dynamic director of Australia's leading contemporary art museum

Macgregor’s first job in the arts was driving a bus, packed into which was an exhibition, to remote communities in Scotland. The visitor figures for that could probably be counted on two hands, which makes it even more remarkable that as director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) she now attracts more than a million people a year to her shows. Visitors this year (including those attending the museum’s under-18s-only evenings) enjoyed a six-decade survey of South African photographer David Goldblatt’s career and The National: New Australian Art, a six-year collaboration with two other Sydney institutions. Macgregor, whose term as president of CIMAM ends this year, is a member of the NSW Australia Day Advisory Council, as well as numerous other quangos. She has also made strides to address Australia’s colonial legacy: visitors to the institution’s website are informed that the MCA stands on land and water traditionally owned by the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.