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About UNSW Galleries

UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design.

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UNSW Galleries acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of the land upon which it stands. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.

UNSW Galleries opened in 2014 and builds on the legacy of the former Ivan Dougherty Gallery at UNSW, which under the leadership of the late Nick Waterlow played an influential role in Australian and international contemporary art and culture.

Encompassing three principal exhibition spaces, the Galleries are a platform for examining contemporary visual and material culture through exhibitions and public programs. Exhibition projects explore process-based studio practices; transdisciplinary approaches to research; as well as the knowledge exchange and contribution of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, designers and curators to our understanding of nature and the built environment.

The program stresses the importance of learning through exhibition-making, using integrated programs and events across the year to engage audiences in conversation with commentators from a range of disciplines. This focus aligns with UNSW’s Grand Challenges, a set of topics to inform public debate and discourse on the most pressing social, political and aesthetic issues facing society.

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Our Team


José Da Silva


José Da Silva has almost twenty years of curatorial and management experience in art museums and private and public sectors working across moving image, contemporary international art and performance.


Kelly Doley

Deputy Director

Kelly has over ten years’ experience as a collaborative leader in the arts and cultural sector spanning across three tiers of Government, including State and Local Council, galleries, cultural venues and as an artist and curator.


Karen Hall

Exhibitions Manager

Karen has extensive experience working in key cultural organisations nationally and internationally. She was most recently Creative Producer of Exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales (2015-2018).


Tim Silver

Exhibitions Coordinator

Tim Silver has over 20 years’ experience within the arts industry, both as an artist and through working at numerous galleries and institutions.


Julia Mendel

Public Engagement and Events Officer

Julia is experienced in developing community engagement programs for cultural institutions. She has previously worked at the Art Gallery of NSW and at Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta.


Catherine Wolley

Gallery and Curatorial Assistant

Catherine Woolley is an arts administrator and emerging critical arts writer. She completed her Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) at UNSW Art & Design with the award of University Medal in 2017.

UNSW Galleries Advisory Board 2020:

  • Chair: Professor Ross Harley, Dean, UNSW Art & Design; Chair, Sydney Culture Network
  • Suzanne Boccalatte, Professor of Practice UNSW Art & Design; Director Boccalatte
  • Alex Bowen, Project Director, Strategy - Powerhouse Program, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Natalia Ottolenghi Bradshaw, Art Consultant and Curator; Chair, UNSW Art & Design Advisory Council
  • Bronwyn Penrith, Chair, Mudgin-Gal; Deputy Chair, Burbangana Group; Director, Redfern Foundation
  • Gemma Smith, Artist

2020 Program Partners