Myles Russell-Cook is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Myles' passion is for First Nations contemporary art, and much of his influence and inspiration comes from his own maternal Aboriginal heritage. He is jointly responsible for the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the Art of Oceania, Pre-hispanic America and Africa. CCP Board warmly welcomes Myles as a significant addition, bringing with him years of experience, insight and meaningful connection to contemporary practice within Australia.
Myles has both curated and co-curated a number of significant exhibitions at NGV including Colony: Frontier Wars (2017), From Bark to Neon (2019), DESTINY (2020), and Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories. Myles is currently working on a number of NGV exhibitions for 2021 including Rosalie Gascoigne: Lorraine Connelly Northey, Bark Ladies, and Queer. Before coming to the gallery, Myles lectured in Art History, Design Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University. He is currently the coeditor of the NGV’s annual scholarly publication, The Art Journal.
‘Much of my influence and inspiration comes from my maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands. My Aboriginal Great Great Grandmother was born in a tin hut on the edge of the desert on Wotjobaluk Lands. I have lived my life on Kulin Lands, and with the Koori Community of Naarm. I identify proudly with all my heritage which includes Aboriginal, English, German and Irish.’
*CCP's newly appointed Board Member, Myles Russell-Cook. Photo courtesy NGV.*
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