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A wealth of museum skills and expertise
We are passionate art and history curation professionals. Contact us for general enquiries, or reach out to individual staff members with specific questions.

Meet our staff

David Ellis

Director

David Ellis has held senior positions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the International Cultural Corporation of Australia, (now Exhibitions Australia), the National Library of Australia, and the New South Wales Ministry for Arts.

He is a former board member of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst, and a former chair of Capital Works and Museums and Visual Arts Funding Reference Committees at both Arts New South Wales and the Museums Reference Committee at Museums & Galleries New South Wales.

As an artist, David has artworks in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and galleries in Burnie, Albury and Launceston.

Paul Donnelly

Deputy Director

Paul Donnelly works with the curators and broader team in developing the exhibition program for the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Before this, he was a curator of decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Art and Sciences) where his curatorial responsibilities expanded across many collections including numismatics, ceramics, furniture, and design.

Paul’s PhD focussed on Bronze Age ceramics of the Levant. He is Co-director of the University of Sydney Zagora Archaeological Project in Andros Greece, and is a member of the university’s Pella excavation team in Jordan.

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Alayne Alvis

Alayne Alvis manages the Conservation Lab and is concerned with physical preservation of the University's Nicholson, Macleay, University Art and Union Art Collections. She has worked in a variety of museums in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, dealing with a wide range of collection objects.

Alayne works across all our collections and has a particular interest in integrated pest management and non-destructive material analysis.

Craig Barker

Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at the Chau Chak Wing Museum. He has extensive experience in K–12 and adult museum education and has published and presented on museum education in teaching and academic conferences and publications.

Craig has a PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Sydney and has considerable archaeological fieldwork experience in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is the Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project excavating at the World Heritage listed site of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.

Jan Brazier

Jan Brazier joined the Macleay Museum in 2007 as curator of the History Collections, which comprise the Historic Photographs Collection and the Science Collection. Previously, she was an archivist at the Australian Museum.

Jan's earlier career was as a research assistant in the area of Australian history for the Department of History, RSSS, Australian National University, and then for Professor Ken Inglis on his major histories of the ABC and war memorials in the Australian landscape.

Ross Clendinning

Ross Clendinning represents the museum in the building development phase – covering design development and subsequent fabrication of exhibition galleries and specialised education spaces and the associated infrastructure.

Ross has more than 35 years' experience in the museum industry as an exhibition project manager and exhibition registrar developing and managing major exhibition projects, national and international, including travelling exhibitions and major contemporary art installation projects and the associated site management, including three Biennales at AGNSW.

Maree Clutterbuck is responsible for the physical care, documentation, governance and compliance of the University of Sydney's collections. She is actively involved with Australian Museums, Galleries Association and Museums and Galleries NSW activities.

Before commencing as the first collections manager here in 2003, she worked as a registrar at multiple state and federal museums and galleries for more than a decade.

Renae Coles

Renae Coles has specialised in arts communications for close to a decade. With a background in contemporary visual art and performance, her interests are broad and she enjoys working with experts from different disciplines to share their work with the public.

Prior to joining the Chau Chak Wing Museum in late 2019, Renae worked with a range of university, government and arts organisations in Sydney and Perth. For four years Renae was Communications Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, where she connected diverse audiences with bold artistic programming. Renae is passionate about craft and design, and has a Graduate Diploma of Design from UNSW Art and Design. 

Rebecca Conway

Rebecca Conway has some 20 years' experience working with archaeological and ethnographic collections in museums. She has worked with a diversity of cultural materials in a variety of capacities: from Asia, Africa and the Americas, to Australia and the Pacific, from collection management to curatorial.

Rebecca's principal interest is the cultural heritage of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities. Interactions of source communities with cultural heritage collections held in museums are a key interest.

Anthony Gill

Anthony (Tony) Gill has had more than 30 years of experience volunteering or working in natural history museums, beginning with an internship at the Australian Museum in 1981.

Prior to joining the Macleay Museum in 2010, he was a researcher of shallow marine fishes for the Natural History Museum, London, and museum curator in the School of Life Sciences and assistant director for collections in the International Institute for Species Exploration, Arizona State University.

Eve Guerry

Eve Guerry is a museum educator with over 15 years’ experience in designing object-based learning strategies for curriculum-linked learning programs and exhibitions. She has a PhD in Egyptology and extensive experience in teaching and research for Archaeology, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Israel. Prior to joining the Chau Chak Wing Museum in 2020 as Academic Engagement Curator, Eve worked as the Head of Education programs at Macquarie University’s Museum of Ancient Cultures, where she integrated museum collections into teaching and research across campus as well as into innovative learning programs for early childhood, primary and secondary school students.

Eve sees museum collections as resources that enrich the academic environment by allowing avenues for creativity, engagement and cross-disciplinary links that foster deep learning and collaborative research opportunities.

Virginia HoVirginia Ho's main responsibility is internal loans across the University of Sydney campuses. She also works on the processing of new acquisitions, collection stocktakes and collection valuations.

Virginia has been working for Sydney University Museums since 2004. She has previously worked as gallery assistant and registrar at art galleries and museums in New York, Melbourne and Sydney.

David James

David James is responsible for the digitisation of the University's Nicholson, Macleay, University Art and Union Art collections.

Prior to joining Sydney University Museums, he was working on the digitisation pilot project for MASS (Powerhouse Museum). During his career, he has worked as a staff photographer for the CSIRO Divisions of Radio Physics and Applied Physics.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is responsible for the administration of the Sydney University Museum's collections database Axiell Emu and associated digitisation projects, while assisting the collections manager with multiple other tasks. He has previously worked in museums and archives in New Zealand, and the National Gallery of Victoria before joining the University in 2012.

Suzanne Kortlucke

Suzanne Kortlucke started in the Education and Public Programs department in 2011. In this role, she oversees much of the day-to-day administration of education and public programs for the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Before this she worked at the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum and the University of Queensland.

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts majoring Latin and Archaeology and Master of Arts (coursework) in Ancient History. Her master's research explored the role of jewellery in the private, civic and religious spheres of Ancient Greek culture.

Suzanne's research interests include Ancient Greek and Roman history, museum-based learning, and participatory museums.

Rachel Lawrence is responsible for collection stock takes, valuations, and other compliance activities within the Collections Management team. Starting at the Macleay as a volunteer, Rachel has completed audits for the majority of the Chau Chak Wing Museum’s vast collections and assists in many aspects of collections management including acquisitions, loans, collection care and documentation.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts with majors in Textiles and Australian Studies, and previously worked as curator and collections manager at North Head Quarantine Station.

Katrina Liberiou

As assistant curator for the University Art Collection, Katrina Liberiou assists with programming, acquisitions, research and exhibitions.

Previously, she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in its exhibitions team from 1998–2004 and from 2004–09 at the Biennale of Sydney as exhibition manager.

Katrina's research interests include international and Australian contemporary art with a particular interest in photography, performance and installation. Since 2017, Katrina has been researching the life and work of artist Lily Greenham.

She curated the exhibitions Coppice, Verge Gallery (March–April 2016) and Barbara Campbell: ex avibus at the University Art Gallery and Macleay Museum (May–August 2015).

Luke Parker

Luke Parker is responsible for coordinating the exhibitions and projects program for the new Chau Chak Wing Museum. Before joining the University of Sydney in 2008, he worked in various museums and galleries across exhibitions, education, collections and publications. He has curated numerous exhibitions and published on contemporary art.

Since 1997, his work as an artist has been included in solo and group exhibitions at many artist-run initiatives, as well as at institutions including the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, and Performance Space and Artspace, Sydney. His work has been exhibited at and is currently held in the permanent collections of both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Jude Philp

As senior curator of the Macleay Collections, Jude Philp is interested in stimulating research into the collections and increasing the purposefulness of museum holdings through exhibition, research and events.

Jude's current research is in the world of 'British New Guinea' and the 19th-century practice of natural history for museums.

Matt Poll

Matt Poll has worked in museums and art galleries for nearly 20 years. For the past seven years, he has been the assistant curator of the Macleay Indigenous Heritage Collections as well as the University of Sydney repatriation project officer.

Matt previously worked as the artistic director of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative as well as other positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Wollongong City Gallery.

Candace Richards

Candace Richards is the assistant curator of the Nicholson Collection, and has been part of the Sydney University Museums team for more than 10 years. Her work is currently focused on the development of new research projects and exhibitions of the Nicholson's archaeology and antiquities collections for the Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Candace is an archaeologist interested in Mediterranean and Balkan archaeology and has worked on several research and commercial excavations in Europe and Australia.

Ann Stephen

Ann Stephen's curatorial career has been in public and university museums.

She joined Sydney University Museums as the senior curator of the University Art Gallery in 2009, and has been responsible for the University Art Collection and developing the art exhibition and publication program.

Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor is responsible for the physical care of the University's Nicholson, Macleay, University Art and Union Art collections while in storage and transit.

Julie was a practising artist, a teacher of drawing and painting, worked in the NSW TAFE system as an art school technical officer and at the MCA as an exhibitions preparator before commencing work at the University in 2006.

Jane Thogersen

Jane Thogersen has been working with museum collections for over a decade, with a particular interest in building engagement and access to collections across multiple environments, collection types and platforms.

Her interest in object-based life-long learning particularly focuses on the way in which university collections can support OBL through innovative and cross disciplinary approaches. She is also involved with the Australian Museums and Galleries Association and currently sits on the NSW branch committee.