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Gertrude Contemporary Announces New Curator

Photo courtesy Helen May Grogan.

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to welcome Helen Hughes to the position of Curator for 12 months.

Helen brings strong curatorial and project management skills to the role as well as a depth of knowledge on contemporary art and writing. In her role as co-founder and co-editor of the Melbourne-based contemporary art journal Discipline (with Nicholas Croggon and David Homewood), Helen has collaborated with Gertrude Contemporary on the Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline Contemporary Art Lecture series since 2013. The board and staff of Gertrude Contemporary are thrilled to welcome Helen to the organisation.

Helen Hughes is co-founder and co-editor of the Melbourne-based contemporary art journal Discipline (with Nicholas Croggon and David Homewood), and was an editor of the peer-reviewed online journal emaj - Electronic Melbourne Art Journal (2012–2014). She has taught art history and theory at the University of Melbourne, and in the Critical and Theoretical Studies department at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is also a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Melbourne. Since 2009, she has been a chairperson with David Homewood and Nicholas Croggon of the postgraduate Modern and Contemporary Art Reading Group at the University of Melbourne. Helen was the student representative on the Board of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne between 2012 and 2013.

In April 2013, Helen established and has since organised the Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline monthly contemporary art lecture series with Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. Helen was the Lecture and Forum Coordinator for the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair, assistant curator at Utopian Slumps between 2009 and 2011, sub-editor of un Magazine Vol. 4 in 2010, a research assistant for the exhibition and book Cubism and Australian Art (Lesley Harding and Sue Cramer, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2009) between 2007 and 2009, and participated in the 2009 Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program. Helen has written for publications such as frieze, Broadsheet, Art and Australia, Eyeline, un Magazine, Dissect, and Discipline. In 2013, Helen co-edited with Amelia Barikin the anthology Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction and with Nicholas Croggon, Impresario: Paul Taylor, the Melbourne Years, 1981–1984.

Helen replaces Pip Wallis, who has been seconded for 12 months to Chisenhale Gallery in London. Helen will begin at Gertrude Contemporary in November 2014. 


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Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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