As Deputy Director, Paul Donnelly works with the curators and broader team in developing the exhibition program for the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Prior to 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.
Concurrent with his museum career, he continued his archaeological research at University of Sydney excavations including Pella in Jordan which was pivotal for his doctorate on the Bronze Age fine ceramic, Chocolate-on-white Ware. He is co-director of the Zagora Archeological Project on Andros, Greece.
Paul is an honorary associate of the Department of Archaeology. He is a founding member and vice president of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation and a governor of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, both at the University of Sydney.