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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 stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples of the Eora Nation. We recognise the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this site and acknowledge them as the first artists to inhabit this Land. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend this respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of Australia.

UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design. It is a space for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary visual and material culture, and a site for gathering, conversation and learning. The program stresses the importance of learning through exhibition-making, using integrated projects and events across the year to engage audiences in conversation with commentators from a range of disciplines.

UNSW Galleries is a member of University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).

Download the 2020 Program 

The scheduled ‘Decolonising Design’ program for Spring 2020 will no longer take place. ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ extends to 21 November 2020. ‘The Colour Line: W.E.B. Du Bois and Archie Moore’ will now take place 15 January – 17 April 2021.

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 & 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 Woolley

Galleries & Curatorial Assistant

Catherine Woolley is an experienced arts administrator and emerging arts writer working across exhibition development, curatorial research, and arts administration at UNSW Galleries.

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