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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 Program Director of Surgical Services, Alfred Health

John Page
Senior Strategic Advisor, William Cooper Institute, Monash University (for the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous)

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

Dr Spiros Panigirakis
Interim Head of Department (Fine Art), Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, Monash University

Moorina Bonini
PhD Candidate, Wominjeka Djeembana Research Laboratory, Monash University

MUMA Indigenous Reference Group:

N'Arweet Professor Carolyn Briggs AM PhD
Elder in Research, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT

Professor Jacinta Elston
Adjunct Professor, Monash University

Rosemary Gilby
Lecturer, Gukwonderuk Unit, Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Professor Brian Martin
Artist and Director, Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous Research Lab, Monash University

Jacinta Walsh
PhD candidate, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre

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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Alicia Renew Gallery Manager

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, leading 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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Michael Bullock

Museum Officer
Michael Bullock began working as a museum officer at MUMA in 2021, after previous appointments at MUMA in exhibitions and collections. Michael’s experience working in the visual arts industry includes work as an artist, educator and technical officer, and in a range of settings, such as universities, galleries and museums. In 2021, Michael was awarded a PhD from the Monash Doctoral program, after undergraduate and postgraduate study that began at Curtin University. Michael’s exhibition history includes solo exhibitions and group projects throughout Australia and overseas including solo exhibitions at  Gertrude Contemporary, Fremantle Arts Centre,Linden New Art,  the Australian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnamand OneShanthiroad, Bangalore, India. In 2013, Michael was selected for the Spaced; Future Recall/Asialink Reciprocal Residency that took place in Bangalore. Michael serves on the arts advisory committee of the Brimbank City Council.

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Museum Assistants, Installation Staff, Interns & Volunteers

Museum Assistants:
Isabella Darcy
Emma Nixon
Cathryn Ross

Installation Staff (casual):
Michael Bullock
Beau Emmett
Will Foster
Daniel Kotsimbos
Gian Manik
Jimmy Nuttall
Hayden Stuart
Simone Tops

Alice Mawhinney
Celine Saoud

Nishita Desai
Pallas Hocking
Angela Liang
Viola Middleton
David Paicu
Amelia Pontifex
Kelly Semmler
Elizabeth-Bwelluquie Shoko
Megan Tan
Anna Venosta
Eliza Wilkinson