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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.
Curator - Exhibitions
Francis Parker joined MUMA as Curator - Exhibitions in 2011.
Francis had earlier been a Monash student, completing his honours degree 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 the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 2009, Contemporary Australia: Optimism, 2008, 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.
Assistant Curator / Registrar
Patrice Sharkey has been MUMA’s Assistant Curator / Registrar since early 2011.
Patrice received an honours degree in art history from the University of Melbourne in 2010. An independent writer and curator, she has also had an editorial role on several volumes of un Magazine. She was the 2010 recipient of Platform Contemporary Art Space’s Emerging Curator Residency, which culminated in the 2011 exhibition House Me within a Geometric Quality. Most recently she co-curated Hidden Definition at Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2011.
Alicia Renew joined MUMA as Program Administrator in 2013.
Alicia received a Bachelor of Visual Art, majoring in Art Theory from Monash University in 2010 and a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Before starting at MUMA, Alicia was the curator and manager of MADA Gallery, the Monash Art Design & Architecture faculty gallery 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 in 2013 and has written for several publications including the NGV Gallery magazine, Melbourne Now, MADA Gallery, Craft Victoria and Trocadero. Alicia is on the 2014-15 Curatorial Committee for Channels Festival.
Acting Curator Collection
Artist James Lynch has worked as sessional lecturer and museum professional for over 15 years. As an independant contractor he has worked on the collections and exhibitions teams at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Tarrawarra Museum of Art and the Melbourne Museum. He founded the ground breaking group Damp, the artist run space TCB art Inc and was an originating artist of the infamous Uplands Gallery, Melbourne. He has curated numerous exhibitions including projects in Philadelphia, Christchurch, Auckland and Los Angeles.
Kelly Fliedner is an arts writer, curator and Editor of online publication the West Space Journal with Rowan McNaught, with whom she regularly collaborates.
Kelly is currently developing a podcast series called On the beach, which explores critical dialogue surrounding contemporary Australian art and culture. Her research focuses on experimental performance, sound, music and interdisciplinary practices during the late 1970s and ’80s, and her curatorial projects aim to incorporate works from these periods alongside contemporary examples. Kelly's writing practice is varied, ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to poetry and theatrical prose.
Currently Communications Coordinator at Monash University Museum of Art, Kelly was Program Curator of West Space in Melbourne, from 2009 until 2013 and has been involved with the organisation in a variety of ways since 2006. She has also worked with organisations such as MPavilion, Next Wave, un Magazine, and Melbourne Fringe, and was part of the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program. kellyfliedner.com
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.
Audience Development and Public Programs
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, 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.