Rose Hiscock, Director of Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne, announced today that leading Australian contemporary art curator Dr Simon Maidment has been appointed Associate Director, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne.
Currently Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr Maidment will provide leadership to the University’s three art museums, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Buxton Contemporary and The Old Quad when he takes up the role in April.
Ms Hiscock said the appointment of Dr Maidment heralds an exciting hcapter for the University of Melbourne’s art museums. “This newly created position will establish a vision and program that integrates more deeply the University’s cultural collection and knowledge.
“We are delighted to appoint a candidate of the calibre of Dr Maidment. With experience developing large-scale contemporary arts exhibitions including two NGV Triennials, and exhibitions from Australian and international contemporary artists such as Shirin Neshat, Julian Opie and David Hockney, Simon will bring scholarship and vitality to this role” Ms Hiscock said.
Dr Simon Maidment joined the NGV in 2013 and since then has curated several group, thematic and solo exhibitions, and produced several catalogues, publications and monographs including a forthcoming publication on Camille Henrot. He was previously Founding Director of the non-profit Satellite Art Projects, and in 2018 completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne focussing on arts’ relationship to social and political change.
Dr Maidment said he “welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the University of Melbourne’s vision including to benefit society through transformative change, through a new programming model of exhibitions and publications across the University’s three art museums.
“I am excited by this wonderful opportunity to leverage the talents and scholarship across the University, in a collaborative setting, to foreground important and far-reaching discussions, while welcoming broad audiences to engage with our programming. The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Buxton Contemporary provide important cultural bookends to our city and I look forward to extending their role for students and community audiences alike,”Dr Simon Maidment
Professor Su Baker, Pro Vice-Chancellor Community and Cultural Partnerships, and Director of Centre of Visual Arts (CoVA) said Simon Maidment joins the Museums and Collections team at a pivotal time.
In 2020 The University of Melbourne launched a new cultural vision and strategy: the Cultural Commons. As encapsulated by the word commons, at the core of this strategy lies the aspiration for knowledge inherent in the University’s collection and museums, to be amplified and made accessible to the world across generations.
“Simon has an exceptional track record in delivering large-scale exhibitions as well as artist-led projects that are anchored in scholarship. His expertise comes at a pivotal time for the University of Melbourne as we seek to reposition our collections and cultural infrastructure as a resource to be shared for learning, enjoyment and appreciation by students and general audiences alike,” Professor Baker said.
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