Matt Poll

Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum

Grad Cert VCA BA

Biographical details

Matt grew up in the North Coast NSW town of Byron Bay and his family is the Watego Family (Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander). Matt has been in Sydney for the past eighteen years and was fortunate to attend the University of Technology’s Jumbunna Indigenous education program. Matt studied media arts production and cultural studies while at university and his first job was at Wollongong City Gallery as a curatorial trainee. This initial experience gave him an excellent grounding for working in museums and galleries in Australia. Other positions Matt has held over the past fourteen years in the arts sector include Team Leader (Visitor Services) at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Artistic Director Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. He has 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 five years Matt has 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. Matt is 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

Grants and Awards


Recipient, Harold Mitchell Curator exchange Program at Musee du Quai Branley, Paris.


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




Poll, M. (2014) Jason Wing. Sydney: Artspace (more information)