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February 5, 2018
I had the pleasure of knowing Angela for over 30 years as a friend and by working with her at Art venues in Canberra. She had a wonderful capacity to impart her vast knowledge of art. Angela had such a positive attitude to life and her personality was infectious and a joy.
My heart goes out to Steffie.
The world of Art and the many friends of Angela have lost a very, wonderful person.
Rest in Peace dearest Angela.
Marj. Wilson.
February 5, 2018
Angela's passion for art education fired my own.

I worked with Angela for five-years, on her team developing a new cultural facility for Canberra, the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

She was as an exciting and dynamic Director to work for but most of all she was a benevolent, human being, with a wicked sense of fun.

As CMAG's first Director she had the rare ability to swap easily from deep questions of museum theory and aesthetics, to tell you with breathtaking accuracy, exactly where every power point was in the building.

She held her principles very highly and was uncompromising in her concept for what she wanted CMAG to become.
It was her vision to:
•commission artists to produce public art through out the building
•to have an open shelf collection display for local collectors
•to have a fully equipped art studio onsite.

She worked closely with the architects to pull CMAG together and drove her small team on to get the doors open on time and on budget.
It was a monumental personal achievement.

CMAG's 20th anniversary this year serves to remind me what a visionary arts leader she was. I learned so much from Angela but these three points have remained ingrained as her legacy from those CMAG days:
1.that it is our human right to access our culture and to have a creative life
2.that an arts education is about deep engagement
3.that making and public art should be part of our everyday lives.

I am personally, incredibly grateful to Angela for giving me my first break in the world of galleries and museums and for her careful coaching and support.

She was always encouraging of artists, ever willing to give speeches at exhibition openings or write, unfunded, catalogue essays. But most of all she was passionate about audiences and understood the importance of democratic access to the arts.

A big personality with a laugh to match, Australian art is poorer for her passing.

Fiona Hooton