People

Natural ochre and pigments on canvas of a Nyarrin Nyarrin (fish hole)
Patrick Mung Mung, Gija born 1944, Nyarrin Nyarrin (fish hole) 2003, natural ochre and pigments on canvas, 50 x 150 cm, The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Ken Fehily, 2023 2023.012

Board members

The Australian Institute of Art History board oversees our institute, lending expertise and guidance to meet the goals of our vision statement.

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Chair

A graduate of the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, Dr Gerard Vaughan’s career has been divided between academia and the world of museums and galleries in both Australia and the United Kingdom. As an art historian his interests are broad, concentrating on the social history of art and specialising in the study of taste and art collecting, both private and institutional.

In 1994 he became inaugural Director of the British Museum Development Trust in London, where he was closely involved in planning, and funding, the rebuild of the British Museum with Norman Foster’s Great Court at its centre. He returned to Melbourne in 1999 to become Director of the National Gallery of Victoria with a brief to oversee the gallery’s complete redevelopment, also undertaking new programs for major exhibitions and collection development.

After stepping down from the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012, he returned to academia for two years as the Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow at the AIAH. He was the Director of the National Gallery of Australia from 2014 to 2018, and he currently serves as the Co-Chair of the National Reference Group of the First Nations Gallery of Australia project, currently under development in Alice Springs. Among his many honours are the Legion of Honour, awarded in 2013 by the Government of France for his contribution to the study and dissemination of French art and culture.

Professor Anne Dunlop FAHA
Professor Anne Dunlop FAHA

Professor Anne Dunlop FAHA, Director

Professor Anne Dunlop was appointed to the Herald Chair of Fine Arts in the School of Culture and Communication in 2015 and is a Co-Director of the Australian Institute of Art History. Her research and teaching focus on the art of Italy and Europe between about 1300 and 1550, including the role of materials and technology in the making of art, and the relations of Italy and Eurasia in the years after the Mongol Conquests. Dunlop is the author or co-editor of six books, including most recently Antipodean Early Modern: European Art in Australian Collections, c. 1200-1600 (2018) The matter of art: materials, practices, cultural logics, c. 1250-1750 (2014) and Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting (2015).

Dunlop has been a fellow of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington DC. She has also served as Visiting Professor at both Peking University and Zhejiang University; and in 2016 she was a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Center for Renaissance Studies, working on a commissioned book with the working title Global Renaissance.

Associate Professor Alison Inglis
Associate Professor Alison Inglis

Associate Professor Alison Inglis

Alison Inglis is an Associate Professor in the Art History program at the University of Melbourne, and is a Co-Director of the Australian Institute of Art History. She teaches, researches and publishes in the areas of nineteenth-century British and Australian art; artists’ materials and techniques; and museum studies (especially the history of museum collections and exhibitions).

Her experience in the field of art curatorial studies is reflected in her current membership of the Museums Board of Victoria, and of the Duldig Studio Board. Former Board memberships include Heide Museum of Modern Art (2006-2014); and National Gallery of Victoria Council of Trustees (1995-2004). She is a former Associate Dean for Development in the Faculty of Arts (2005-2007) and Head of the Art History program (2008-2010). Alison was appointed an Emeritus Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria in 2010 and Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne in 2015.

Kerry Gardner AM
Kerry Gardner AM

Kerry Gardner AM

Kerry Gardner AM is a Writer / Director of Australian documentary films on art, literature and design subjects. She holds a Masters in Film and Television from the VCA / University of Melbourne. Currently, she is Chair, Venice Biennale Council for Australia as well as being the first Australian appointment to the board of Global Fund for Women (2017), the third Australian appointee to Women Moving Millions (New York) (2017), and she also sits on the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee of The Tate.

Her past directorships include the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She is a Founding Patron of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and Ambassador for the Natalie Miller Fellowship for Women in Film. She is also member of the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Myer Foundation / Sidney Myer Fund. Her past board directorships include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Women’s Trust, Deputy Chair of both Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre Company, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (Steering Committee) and director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Fred Grimwade
Fred Grimwade

Fred Grimwade

Fred Grimwade is an Executive Director of specialist corporate advisory and investment firm, Fawkner Capital. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (B Com, LLB (Hons) and also completed an MBA at Columbia University in New York. During his career, Fred has worked with leading international companies, including Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Sydney; Western Mining Corporation; Colonial Mutual; and was Head of Private Capital for Colonial First State Investments. From 1998 to 2006 he was Managing Director of the Colonial Agricultural Company, and a non-executive director of AWB Limited from 2008 to 2010.

Fred is currently Chairman of CPT Global and XRF Scientific and a director of Australian United Investments and Select Harvests; a Senior Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia. Fred is also Foundation Chairman of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School and a Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.

Fraser Hopkins
Fraser Hopkins

Fraser Hopkins

Fraser Hopkins worked for many years as Managing Director of two consumer goods businesses which are now owned by multinationals. Fraser is a respected art collector and benefactor and is on the MCA Foundation Council. He graduated with an Economics Degree from Monash University and currently resides in Sydney. Over the years, Fraser has been actively involved with numerous private company boards and industry associations. Previous charitable roles include being a Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, a Trustee and Chair of the Campbell Edwards Trust and a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation Board.

Dr Michael Brand
Dr Michael Brand

Dr Michael Brand

Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of New South Wales in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum, which opened in Toronto in 2014.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr Brand was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, leading both the Getty Center and Getty Villa sites and establishing its new Center for Photography. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from 2000 to 2005; assistant director, curatorial and collection development, at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane from 1996 to 2000; curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 1988 to 1996; and co-director of the Smithsonian Institution Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan from 1988 to 1993.

Dr Brand currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums; the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg; and the Australian Institute of Art History. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Kate Shelmerdine
Kate Shelmerdine

Kate Shelmerdine

Kate is a Member of The Myer Foundation and is currently Convenor of the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Sidney Myer Fund. Kate particularly believes in the importance of arts training organisations and their pivotal role in helping emerging artists establish strong professional skills to support good work practices from the outset of early career development.

Among other positions, she was a Board Member of the National Institute of Circus Arts for over 10 years (NICA, a world-renowned Circus School, is a member of The Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence) and is currently Deputy Chair of the Melba Opera Trust.

Female headpiece crown on an ivory mannequin
Filipino, Head of the Virgin (17th century), ivory, metal, metal lace, paste, silk, 27.1 × 12.0 × 12.0 cm (overall), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Bequest of Howard Spensley, 1939, Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Fellows

The Australian Institute of Art History has for many years held a place for fellowships.

View current and past AIAH fellows