Kelly Gellatly is the Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up the role in 2013 she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She has also held curatorial positions at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Kelly has curated more than 50 exhibitions of the work of leading Australian and international artists and has published extensively on contemporary art, Australian modernism and photographic practice.
In her time as Director, Kelly has driven major organisational change, increased the Potter’s public profile and enabled significant growth in visitors from within the University community and wider public, including the number of tertiary students involved in direct curriculum engagement through the Museum’s landmark Academic Programs.
Kelly has contributed widely to the broader arts community throughout her career through her role on Boards and Advisory Committees, in the capacity of judge for a variety of prizes and awards, and as a guest speaker and lecturer. She is a current member of UAMA (University Art Museums Australia) and a Board member of the PGAV (Public Galleries Association of Victoria). Kelly is passionate about facilitating and encouraging the broadest possible access to the arts, particularly contemporary practice and to supporting the leadership potential of women in the arts.
From 2015-17 Kelly oversaw the design development and construction of the University’s new contemporary art museum Buxton Contemporary on the Southbank campus. She is currently working on a major redevelopment of the Potter Art Museum with celebrated Melbourne-based architects Wood Marsh, due for completion in early 2020.