David Ellis, University of Sydney

David Ellis is Director of Museums & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sydney where he is responsible for the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum, University Art Gallery, Seymour Theatre Centre and development of the new Chau Chak Wing Museum. He arrived at the University in 2003 as the inaugural Director of the University’s museums.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and over thirty seven years experience working across the museum and gallery sectors, including senior positions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the International Cultural Corporation of Australia, (now Art Exhibitions Australia) managing major blockbuster touring exhibitions, the National Library of Australia as Director of Exhibitions and the NSW Ministry for Arts where he managed grants programs for small museums and advised on museum policy.  He is a former Board member of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst and former Chair of Capital Works and Museum and Visual Arts Funding Reference Committees at Arts NSW.

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

His interests are broad and include collecting 11th -15th century SE Asian ceramics and mineral and gem crystals.

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