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 and one of the most active and ambitious acquisition programs in the region.
Recent NGV exhibitions and publications as curator, author and editor include group shows the inaugural NGV Triennial and Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes and solo artist survey exhibitions of KAWS, David Hockney, Julian Opie, Gareth Sansom and David McDiarmid, and solo project shows by Shirin Neshat, Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch, Richard Mosse, Lee Mingwei and Carsten Höller. He is co-editor of a a current NGV publication on Chinese contemporary culture, art and design.
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.
He was previously 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.