Matt Poll

Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project
Grad Cert VCA BA
Room 133 A12 Macleay Building
02 93517692


I grew up in the North Coast NSW town of Byron Bay and my family is the Watego Family (Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander) I have been in Sydney for the past eighteen years and was fortunate to attend the University of Technology’s Jumbunna Indigenous education program. I studied media arts production and cultural studies while at university and my first job was at Wollongong City Gallery as a curatorial trainee. This initial experience gave me an excellent grounding for working in museums and galleries in Australia. Other positions I have held over the past fourteen years are Team Leader (Visitor Services) at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Artistic Director Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. I have also worked in the Indigenous community arts sector for a number of years for various local councils facilitating several public artworks for Fairfield and Holroyd local councils as well as various NAIDOC and reconciliation week projects across greater Sydney. Over the past four years I have worked as assistant curator of the historically significant Indigenous collections of the Macleay Museum as well as being the University of Sydney Repatriation Project Officer. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Museum Studies (Research) here at the University of Sydney.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Community cultural development
  • Aboriginal art produced by New South Wales artists
  • Historical collections of New South Wales Aboriginal cultural materials
  • Translations of Indigenous historical archive material by contemporary artists

Exhibitions

2013 – EORA College class of 2013, Verge Gallery University of Sydney
2012 – The Transit of Venus, an exhibition with Daniel Boyd, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney
2011 – Freedom Riders: 1960s Activism to Today, University of Sydney Art Gallery and
Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
2010 – Peoples of the Rainforest, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
2009 – Outlines: Nineteenth-century Artefacts from New South Wales, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney
2008 – ‘Re inscriptions’, Aboriginal + China connections, Gallery 4A, Sydney
2008 – Contemporary Indigenous Aboriginal Photography, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative
2008 – Harry J. Wedge solo exhibition, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 – Twentieth anniversary exhibition, Boomalli founding members
2006 – Indigenous Landscape Design + fibre and texture in New South Wales
2006 – The Pink the Black and The Beautiful, Mardi Gras Festival satellite exhibition
2006 – Guangzhou international Art Fair, China

Award

2005 – Winner, New South Wales Local Government Association Cultural Award for the Warali Wali project

Publications