David Ellis

Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement (comprising Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum, University Art Gallery and Collection, Seymour Centre)
BA TCAE
H120, Quadrangle A14
The University of Sydney
+61 2 93514284


David arrived at the University in 2003 as the inaugural Director of the University’s museums and art gallery.

He has a background in the visual arts with over thirty-three years experience working across the museum and gallery sectors. He has held senior positions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the International Cultural Corporation of Australia, (now Exhibitions Australia) managing major blockbuster touring exhibitions; the National Library of Australia, managing an exhibitions program and stage one of the National Portrait Gallery; and the New South Wales Ministry for Arts managing grants programs for small museums and advising on museum policy.

He is a former Board member of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst and a former Chair of Capital Works and Museums and Visual Arts Funding Reference Committees at Arts New South Wales. He is currently Chair of the Museums Reference Committee at Museums & Galleries New South Wales.

As an artist, he has works in national, state and regional collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and regional galleries in Burnie, Albury and Launceston.