Published 19 August 2016
What is next for the Macleay Museum?
In 2018, the Macleay and Nicholson Museums and the University Art Gallery will be amalgamated into the new Chau Chak Wing Museum.
This informal Q&A, presented by Sydney University Museums Director David Ellis and Associate Director Dr Paul Donnelly, is an opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in our exciting project.
David Ellis arrived at the University in 2003 as the inaugural Director of the University’s museums and art gallery.
He has a background in the visual arts with over thirty-three years experience working across the museum and gallery sectors. He has held senior positions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the International Cultural Corporation of Australia, (now Exhibitions Australia) managing major blockbuster touring exhibitions; the National Library of Australia, managing an exhibitions program and stage one of the National Portrait Gallery; and the New South Wales Ministry for Arts managing grants programs for small museums and advising on museum policy.
He is a former Board member of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst and a former Chair of Capital Works and Museums and Visual Arts Funding Reference Committees at Arts New South Wales. He is currently Chair of the Museums Reference Committee at Museums & Galleries New South Wales.
As an artist, he has works in national, state and regional collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and regional galleries in Burnie, Albury and Launceston.
Paul Donnelly is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Archaeology and participates on the committees of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation (NEAF) at the University of Sydney, of which he is a Founding Member (1986) and currently Vice President; Committee Member of The Australiana Society (since 2005); and Council Member (MAAS rep) Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (since 1995).
For his Near Eastern honours thesis Paul studied and illustrated the ancient Egyptian amulets in the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He enjoyed it so much he spent the next 26 years working there – initially in collection management from where he moved to different curatorial roles across the collection and including periods as Principal Curator. During this time he continued his archaeological research at University of Sydney excavations, notably Pella in Jordan where he has been a team member since 1989, and which was also a focus for his doctorate on a Bronze-Age fine ceramic called ‘Chocolate-on-White ware’. Paul is also a member of the renewed excavations at Zagora in Andros, Greece which was funded by an ARC grant to partners, University of Sydney, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, The Archaeological Society at Athens, and the Powerhouse (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney).