The Curatorial Team
Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator at the MCA, having joined in 2000 in the role of Curator. From 1995 she held the position of Curator at The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, working across the university’s extensive collections, temporary exhibitions and artistic residency program.
Rachel has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Canada. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice. Rachel has worked with leading international and Australian artists including Kutlug Ataman, Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Tim Hawkinson, Mike Parr and Shahzia Sikander. She curated a major survey by Ed Ruscha at the MCA in 2004 and her key international thematic exhibitions include Liquid Sea (2003), Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art (2006, and Marking Time (2012).
In 2008 she curated the survey exhibition Yinka Shonibare MBE for the MCA which travelled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC in 2009-10. She edited a monograph by Prestel Publishing and the MCA to accompany the exhibition. In 2011 she collaborated with the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada on a solo exhibition and new film commission by Runa Islam. In 2013, Rachel curated the first major show in Australia of Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu at the MCA.
Natasha Bullock joined the MCA team as Senior Curator in 2014. She previously held the position of Curator, Contemporary International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, having joined as Assistant Curator, Photography in 2001. Natasha has held curatorial appointments in Melbourne at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash University Museum of Art and Monash Gallery of Art; and completed curatorial placements in London at the Camden Arts Centre and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Natasha has curated more than fifty group and solo exhibitions and worked with a range of Australian and International artists including Tracey Emin, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Ernesto Neto, Tom Nicholson, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Simryn Gill, Mike Parr and Bill Viola. Recent group exhibitions include We used to talk about love, AGNSW (2013), which foregrounded the experiential nature of architecture in relationship to art; and co-curating Parallel Collisions: 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2012), Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), which engaged the AGSA’s colonial collections adopting a transhistorical approach to exhibition-making. In 2013 Natasha led a major reimagining of the AGNSW contemporary collections around three concepts: ideas, structures, forces.
In addition to her contemporary curatorial practice, Natasha worked across the AGNSW’s 19th and 20th century collections, particularly in the field of photography, organising group shows on Australian documentary photography, 19th century photography, the evolution of a modernist aesthetic in early 20th century Australian photography and Minimalism; along with focus shows exploring, for instance, the influence of Man Ray on Max Dupain. She has curated solo retrospective exhibitions on the work of American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (2014) and the early twentieth century Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux (2008), which was awarded The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand best catalogue. Natasha holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship and Museum Management from the University of Melbourne and first class honours degrees from Monash University: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts (research).
Anna Davis joined the MCA as Curator in 2009 and since then has worked with numerous Australian and international artists on exhibitions, off-site projects, commissions and special events. Her curatorial projects include: Our Country: Martu Art from the Far Western Desert (Co-Curator with Megan Robson, upcoming 2014), Workout: 7 days of experimental performance (2013), MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context (2013 / 2010).
In 2011 she curated Primavera 2011: Young Australian Artists, which focussed on performative and site-specific practices and was held outside of the MCA galleries for the first time in the exhibition’s twenty year history. She worked with Australian artist Hany Armanious on his commission for the new MCA Sculpture Series in time for the MCA’s reopening in March 2012. In October of that year, she curated both Primavera 2012 and a survey of Australian collaborative artists’ Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro.
Anna has worked in a variety of roles in the arts over the past fifteen years including Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and Curatorial Assistant at dLux media arts, Sydney. Anna has a PhD in Media Arts from the University of NSW and has exhibited her video art work nationally and internationally, most recently as part of a collaborative duo with her husband Jason Gee.
Anne joined the MCA as C3West Curator in 2011. In this role she develops innovative ways for artists to work with non-arts organisations to address strategic issues and engage with communities. In 2011 she was responsible for the C3West Hurstville City Council collaboration, The Begin-Again. This night art walk was Australian artist Angelica Mesiti’s response to community concerns expressed in the research for Council’s Community Strategic Plan. Anne also managed the delivery of the symposium The Future of Penrith/Penrith of the Future, the vision for the public spaces and facilities of Penrith by the international art and design collective Campement Urbain.
In 2013, Anne collaborated with artist Lara Thoms, Hurstville Council and Westfield Hurstville to engage with local youth through the democratic, site-specific project Ultimate Vision – Monument to Us. At the MCA she has worked with Australian artist Brook Andrew on Warrang, the building commission about the heritage significance of the MCA site.
A former Sydney Morning Herald art critic, Anne’s essays appear regularly in numerous publications. As a curator Anne works with contemporary artists both inside and outside of gallery contexts, in communities and in public spaces. Recent projects include the exhibition Case Study: Gemma Smith considers the work of Margo Lewers, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2011-12), and with Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford, Artists In Residence, a public art project on the heritage brewery buildings in Sydney’s Broadway.