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Governed by the MUMA Advisory Committee, and directed by Charlotte Day, MUMA 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 whose continuing involvement is greatly appreciated.

MUMA Advisory Committee:

Professor Shane Murray (Chair)
Dean, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University

Charlotte Day
Director, Monash University Museum of Art

Professor Louise Adler AM
Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Monash University

Professor Wendy Brown
Chair, Department of Surgery, Monash University, and Central Clinical School, Alfred Health

Professor Jacinta Elston
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Monash University

Damien Farrell
Vice-President (Advancement), Monash University

Ms Renaye Peters
Vice-President (Campus Infrastructure and Services), Office of Chief Operating Officer, Monash University

Maudie Palmer AO
Founding Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art, and Heide Museum of Modern Art

Professor Kathy Temin
Head of Fine Art, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University

Image: Charlotte Day in conversation with Christian Thompson and Hetti Perkins on the VIP opening of Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy, 2017

The MUMA Team
Charlotte Day Director

Charlotte Day has been MUMA’s Director since 2013. She has extensive curatorial and arts management experience having worked in contemporary art organisations including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and Gertrude Contemporary and as guest curator for the The Anne Landa Award (2013), Adelaide Biennial (2010), TarraWarra Biennial (2008) and Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale (2005 and 2007). Charlotte has worked across a range of public and private contexts, both in shaping collections as well as managing public art projects, including for Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Michael Buxton Collection. Charlotte has a Master of Arts in Museums and Material Culture from Monash University (1995).

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Hannah Mathews Senior Curator

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 in the fields of dance in the museum, art publishing and arts advocacy. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Shapes of Knowledge, MUMA (2019); The Humours, MUMA (2018); 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 Australia, Sydney.

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Dr Meredith Turnbull Gallery Manager

Dr Meredith Turnbull is a Naarm/Melbourne based artist, curator, writer and academic. She has over 10 years experience in education lecturing in Art History at RMIT University specialising in contemporary art and C20th craft and design, and in art history and theory and fine art at Monash University. Meredith is an alumna of Monash University with PhD in the field of sculpture and spatial practice (2016). She was the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Fine Art first year program at Monash University (2019-2020). Meredith worked previously as the Gallery Manager/Curator of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, and a project manager at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art where she was also co-editor of ACCAMag. She was also co-editor (with Shelley McSpedden) of un Magazine issue 10.1 and a member of the magazine’s Editorial Committee. As an artist Meredith has developed major projects for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University.

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Alicia Renew Gallery Manager

(On parental leave until 21 December 2021)
Alicia Renew joined MUMA as Gallery Manager in 2013. Alicia has a diverse creative and professional practice as a manager, curator, producer and artistic director. Alicia was Artistic Director of Channels Festival 2017, Creative Producer – Exhibitions for Channels 2015 and is currently on the Festival Committee. Previously she was the Curator at MADA Gallery, Monash University, where she coordinated and curated over eighty 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 for Melbourne Now in 2013 and has written for the NGV Magazine, Melbourne Now, MADA Gallery, Craft Victoria and Trocadero.

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Emma Neale Collection Manager

Emma Neale joined MUMA as the Collection Manager in 2019. 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. Prior to her role at MUMA, Emma held the position of Coordinating Registrar, Collection Operations at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Emma held the position of Coordinating Registrar, Collection Operations at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) 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.

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Francis E. Parker Curator – Exhibitions

Francis E. Parker joined MUMA as Curator – Exhibitions in 2011. He is an alumnus of Monash University, completing his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Visual Culture in 2005. Francis previously worked at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, initially as Curatorial Assistant, Australian Art to 1970, then as Curator, Contemporary Australian Art. At MUMA, he 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.

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Melissa Ratliff Curator Research – Front of House Coordinator

Melissa Ratliff joined MUMA as Curator Research – Front of House Coordinator in 2019. Prior to joining the team, she was Curator, 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. Melissa has worked on major international exhibitions including Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2013–14), 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 independently as an organiser, editor, translator and communications consultant.

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Warisa Somsuphangsri Communications Officer

Warisa Somsuphangsri joined MUMA as Communications Officer in 2016. Prior to this she held a number of positions at Asialink Arts (2013–16) as Digital Administrator and Projects Officer, where she designed and produced a range of communication collateral for the Exhibitions Touring and Arts Residencies Program. As Project Support Officer at Asialink Arts she co-authored On the Ground & In the Know: The Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Research Report (2013). Warisa holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management and the Bachelor of Creative Arts with honours in Visual Media. She is also a keen ceramicist.

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Kate Barber Audience Development and Public Programs

Kate Barber has a background in visual arts, education and arts management. Kate joined MUMA in 2007, having previously held positions at The Royal Academy of Arts (London); The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne; and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), where she held the position of Education and Public Programs Manager from 2000 to 2005. 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 access to and engagement with contemporary art. Kate is co-director of Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, established in 2009 and a co-founder of the boutique art fair, Spring1883.

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Melissa Bedford Education

Melissa Bedford joined MUMA in 2012. Melissa is a registered teacher with extensive education experience working in both museums and schools. She is a graduate in Education, Visual Arts and Arts Management from the University of Melbourne. Melissa is committed to increasing youth engagement with contemporary art and collaborates with artists, schools and organisations to create projects that are educationally rigorous and enriching. 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. She is a current member of the Arts Network within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Strategic Partnerships Program.

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David H. Thomas Museum Officer

David Hugh Thomas has worked at MUMA since 1998. David studied art at Deakin University in the early 1980s and is a practising artist, exhibiting his work at venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Australian Consulate in New York, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the William Mora Galleries. 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 has initiated a number of curatorial projects in Melbourne and regional Victoria. He is an artist representative on the committee for ‘Artists for Kids Culture’, which has run an annual Charity auction of art for twenty-five years, as well as participating in Arts Advisory panels for Port Phillip City Council.

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Trent Crawford Museum Officer

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.

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Museum Assistants, Installation Staff, Interns & Volunteers

Museum Assistants (casual):
Isabella Darcy
Felix Garner Davis
Elena Feist
Michelle Gearon
Emily Rose
Cathryn Ross
Rachel Schenberg

Installation Staff (casual):
Beau Emmett
Liam O'Brien
Hayden Stuart
Simone Tops

Beatrice Gabriel
Emilie Jeffries

Marcie Bakker
Felix Garner Davis
Ella Heckendorf
Ye Li
Emma Mustafa
Gabrielle Nehrybecki
Stephania Paul
Elsie Preston
Kelly Semmler
Jacqueline Claire Smith
Hannah Stone
Megan Tan
Anna Venosta