Governed by the MUMA Committee, and under the Directorship of Charlotte Day, Monash University Museum of Art is operated by a talented staff of art professionals and supported by a team of volunteers. Artists, guest curators, academic and professional colleagues are key contributors to MUMA and we greatly appreciate their continuing involvement.
Charlotte Day joined Monash University Museum of Art as Director in 2013. Previously she worked as an independent curator and was Associate Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) where she worked on large-scale commissions by local and international artists. Her recent curatorial projects include NEW13, ACCA, 2013; Sculptural Matter, ACCA, 2012; Marco Fusinato, Artspace, Sydney and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012; Social Sculpture, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, 2011; co-curating the Adelaide Biennial, 2010; TarraWarra Biennial, 2008; and projects for the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2005.
Charlotte has worked across a range of public and private contexts, from advising on temporary and permanent urban-sited works to the acquisition of works for public and private collections, including Kaldor Public Art Projects, the Michael Buxton Collection of Contemporary Australian Art, and public artworks for the Docklands in Melbourne and City of Stonnington. Charlotte has over seventeen years' experience in arts management, having held positions of Director and Acting Director respectively at two of Melbourne's key contemporary art spaces, the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Gertrude Contemporary. Charlotte has a Master of Arts in Museums and Material Culture from Monash University.
Hannah Mathews started working at MUMA in 2016.
Hannah is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011), as well as NEW 11, ACCA and Primavera 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Hannah has a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne (2002).
Alicia Renew joined MUMA as Gallery Manager in 2013 and is artistic director of Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival.
Alicia completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Art Theory), at Monash University (2010) and a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne (2013). She worked as Creative Producer - Exhibitions for Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival in 2015. Before starting at MUMA, Alicia was the curator and manager of MADA Gallery, the Monash Art Design & Architecture where she coordinated and curated over 80 exhibitions, including With Hidden Noise 2013, Live in Your Head 2012, The Social Life of Things 2012 and Media Specific 2011.
Alicia completed an internship at the National Gallery of Victoria, in the Contemporary Art department for Melbourne Now 2013 and has written for several publications including the NGV Gallery magazine, Melbourne Now, MADA Gallery, Craft Victoria and Trocadero.
Collection Manager - Parental leave
Emma Neale joined MUMA in 2019 and is responsible for a range of collection management duties including: registration, cataloguing, acquisitions, loans, storage and conservation.
Emma's experience branches across registration and conservation disciplines, working at Art Centre Melbourne, The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne Baillieu Library and the University of Melbourne Archives. Most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Emma held the position of Coordinating Registrar, Collection Operations and led a team responsible for the management of the NGV's Permanent Collection.
Emma holds a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation with a specialisation in object conservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts History and Screen and Cultural Studies.
Curator - Exhibitions
Francis E. Parker joined MUMA as Curator - Exhibitions in 2011.
Francis had earlier been a Monash student, completing his Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Visual Culture in 2005. Before taking up his MUMA appointment, Francis worked for the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, first as a curatorial assistant and then as Curator, Contemporary Australian Art. While there, he was involved in a number of exhibition projects including Contemporary Australia: Optimism, 2008, 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 2009, and Scott Redford: Introducing Reinhardt Dammn, 2010.
At MUMA, Francis has curated solo projects with Meijers + Walsh, Dylan Martorell, and Kate Smith, and co-curated Artists' Proof #1, 2012, Richard Bell: Lessons on Etiquette and Manners and Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, 2013. In 2015, he initiated Sound Spaces, an ongoing series of experimental music performances and, in 2016, curated the exhibition Borders, Barriers, Walls.
Curator Research - Front of House Coordinator
Melissa Ratliff joined MUMA as Curator Research - Front of House Coordinator in 2019.
Prior to this, she was Curator of Programs and Learning at the Biennale of Sydney (2015–18) where she produced a range of public programs, educational initiatives, publications and commissioned projects with local and international artists, designers and thinkers. Her projects with the Biennale included What do we teach, how do we learn? (Artspace, 2018), a symposium that considered the nature of contemporary art and art education; Biennale Archive Stories (various locations, 2016–18), a discussion series exploring the history of the Biennale of Sydney; Superposition Studio (Cockatoo Island, 2018), a space for dialogue and workshops designed by Future Method; and The Bureau of Writing (2015–16), a collaborative writing project for artists.
Melissa previously worked for major international exhibitions such as Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2013–2014), dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2010–12) and the 16th and 17th Biennale of Sydney (2007–10). She has a background in art history and theory and has worked as a freelance editor, translator and communications consultant for institutions including Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne; the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and Bergen Assembly, Bergen.
Warisa Somsuphangsri joined MUMA as Communications Officer in late 2016.
At MUMA Warisa undertakes a range of communication and marketing-related responsibilities including the production of design and advertising collateral, e-newsletters, social media and website management.
Prior to this, she held a number of positions at Asialink Arts (2013-2016) as Digital Administrator and Projects Officer, and Research Support Officer, where she co-authored On the Ground & In the Know: The Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Research Report (2013) and completed her internship.
Warisa holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management and the Bachelor of Creative Arts with honours in Visual Media, and is also a keen ceramicist.
Audience Development and Public Programs
Kate Barber has a background in visual arts, education and arts management. Kate has previously held positions at The Royal Academy of Arts (London); The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), where she held the position of Education and Public Programs Manager from 2000-2005.
As an independent education consultant Kate has developed web-based interpretive education kits, exhibition texts, programs and resources for the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP); Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts and National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS), Victoria. Kate has been a past member of the Cunningham Dax Collection Education sub-committee and the Museums Australia (Victoria) Education sub-committee and is passionate about increasing youth access to and engagement with contemporary art.
Kate is co-director of the private art gallery, Sarah Scout, Melbourne, established in 2009.
In 2006 Kate took up the position at MUMA as Audience Development and Public Programs Officer.
A registered teacher, Melissa completed studies in Education, Visual Arts and Arts Management at The University of Melbourne. Prior to working in the arts sector, she taught art and design in schools and held the position of Head of Visual Arts at Presentation College Windsor from 2005-2009.
In 2009 Melissa collaborated with the National Gallery of Victoria and the Catholic Education Office to develop a contemporary learning project in response to Draw the Line: The Architecture of Lab. In 2010 Melissa was employed as Education Officer at the Centre for Contemporary Photography where she initiated the Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour project and continues to work on a freelance basis.
Melissa was formerly a member of Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's Studio Arts Review Committee, VCE folio reviewer and contributed to the support material within the Studio Arts curriculum document. She is a current member of the Arts Network within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Strategic Partnerships Program.
Melissa Bedford joined MUMA in 2012.
David H Thomas
David H Thomas, the Museum Officer, has worked at MUMA since 1998 and is the longest-serving staff member.
David studied art at Deakin University in the early 1980s and is a practising artist, exhibiting his work in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Australian Consulate in New York, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, and other venues. Most recently he exhibited at Platform artist-run space and in 2010 had a solo show of paintings at Chapman & Bailey Gallery. He gained experience in art-handling in New York, where he lived for five years during the 1990s. David also co-founded the annual Falls Creek Artists Camp and exhibition, and has initiated a number of curatorial projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria. He is the Artist representative on the Creative Spaces Advisory Board under the auspices of the Melbourne City Council.
Trent Crawford joined MUMA as a Museum Officer in 2019. Trent is an artist living and working in Melbourne. He completed a BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts where he currently teaches in the short course program. Trent has held exhibitions nationally and internationally including recent solo exhibitions in Beijing and Tokyo. He has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, the John and Mary Kerley Studio Research Travelling Scholarship, the William Ballantyne Memorial Award and the Sugar Mountain Art Prize 2017.
Professor Shane Murray (Chair)
Museum Assistants (casual)