New director in charge at art gallery, museum

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Ashburton Art Gallery is set to become a council-controlled organisation and its manager has been appointed to manage operations at both the gallery and at Ashburton Museum.
At a public excluded meeting last week Ashburton district councillors agreed that a combined model was the best way forward and would create a closer and more connected operating environment.
Current art gallery manager Shirin Khosraviani (pictured) has been confirmed as the new director of both facilities.
More in Thursday’s paper.