Simon Maid­ment is Senior Cura­tor of Con­tem­po­rary Art at the National Gallery of Vic­to­ria, and recent projects include: group shows Mel­bourne Now and Lurid Beauty: Aus­tralian Sur­re­al­ism and its Echoes; a spot­light on David Hockney’s past decade of work, the ret­ro­spec­tive David McDi­armid: When this you see remem­ber me; and solo project shows by inter­na­tional artists Pedro Reyes, Carsten Hӧller, Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Tre­cartin, Richard Mosse and Sub­odh Gupta.

He trained as a media-based artist and has a prac­tice that often involves col­lab­o­ra­tion, curat­ing and writing.

He is Found­ing Direc­tor of Satel­lite, a non-profit arts organ­i­sa­tion devel­op­ing off-site, pub­lic and satel­lite pro­grams, and sup­port­ing the activ­i­ties of artists within a crit­i­cal con­text, most recently curat­ing and pre­sent­ing a pro­gram of live art and per­for­mance in the pub­lic sphere of Mum­bai, India, in Jan­u­ary 2013, involv­ing five Aus­tralian artists..

He has unique expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing and man­ag­ing large con­tem­po­rary arts events across mul­ti­ple venues and pub­lic spaces, includ­ing as Visual Arts Coor­di­na­tor of Mel­bourne Inter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011), and Project Man­ager of Rapt! 20 Con­tem­po­rary Artists from Japan, and Mak­ing Space: artist run ini­tia­tives in Vic­to­ria.

He is cur­rently under­tak­ing a PhD at the Cen­tre for Ideas, VCA, Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne, and was awarded an Aus­tralian Post-Graduate Award in 2011. His research uses cura­to­r­ial prac­tice as a method to inves­ti­gate art’s poten­tial to influ­ence social and polit­i­cal change.


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