Dr. Simon Maidment is Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. He is responsible for a curatorial department working across Australian and International contemporary art; collecting and programming at the country’s best-attended public art museum with an annual attendance of 3.2 million. His recent curatorial projects at the NGV include group shows such as the inaugural NGV Triennial, Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, and Melbourne Now; single-artist retrospective such as a spotlight on David Hockney’s past decade of work, Australian retrospectives Gareth Sansom: Transformer and David McDiarmid: When this you see remember me; and projects by international artists Carsten Hӧller, Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin, Richard Mosse and Subodh Gupta.
Maidment 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 the Visual Arts program of Melbourne International Arts Festival (2008, 2009 & 2010), and Project Manager of Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan, and Making Space: artist run initiatives in Victoria.
He completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Ideas, VCA, in 2018. His research used curatorial practice as a method to investigate art’s relationship to social and political change.