The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) is the peak body representing fifty art galleries and art museums across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Our role is to support, develop and promote public galleries in Victoria and within the national context.

Our mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of public galleries in Victoria to deliver valuable cultural, social and economic returns to their communities. To achieve this mission we act as a broker between our members, the three-tiers of government, the private and philanthropic sectors, education and research institutions, the media and the community.

Our vision is a vibrant, cohesive, professional network of public galleries across Victoria that deliver inspiring visual art experiences which are relevant and accessible to the whole community.



Our Supporters

The PGAV is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and we receive significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.



Our Board of Management

The PGAV is an incorporated association governed by a Board of Management, which is elected by the membership.  The PGAV Board is comprised of 4 elected representatives from regional galleries, 4 elected representatives from metropolitan galleries, 1 representative from the NGV and 4 co-opted representatives who bring specialised skills and knowledge to the PGAV Board. Board members are elected for a term of two years, with a maximum tenure of two terms. The Board is elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting, held in May each year.




Sue Roff
President (Metropolitan Representative)
Executive Director

Arts Project Australia 

Sue Roff has had a broad career in arts management. For the past 8 years she has held the role of Executive Director at Arts Project Australia, a centre of excellence that supports artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice. During this time, Sue has driven a strong increase in profile for the organisation, its artists and unique studio practice. Prior to this Sue was the National Manager, Cultural Development at the Australia Business Arts Foundation, where she oversaw the professional development program for arts organisations and individual artists, a skilled volunteering program and partnering program for local councils.  Sue was also a corporate Community Relations Manager and Executive Officer of the RACV Foundation, and Sponsorship Manager at Melbourne Theatre Company.  Sue is experienced in project development, fundraising, sponsorship, and marketing and has chaired the boards of Strange Fruit and the Victorian Actor’s Benevolent Trust.



Bryony Nainby
Vice-President (Regional Representative)

Benalla Art Gallery

Bryony Nainby joined Benalla Art Gallery as the Director in 2014. Since that time she has initiated a successful audience development strategy which focuses on socially engaged exhibition projects such as the Free Art School and art-related social events. She was previously Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and TMAG’s Coordinating Curator for the Theatre of the World collaboration with MONA. Her experience includes curatorial roles with the Latrobe Regional Gallery and the Gippsland Art Gallery, management of the CBUS Superannuation Collection of Australian Art, and extensive experience in the broader cultural and not for profit sectors. She has had extensive experience working in regional areas and formerly managed a series of international and remote area projects as part of IASKA’s Spaced biennial of socially engaged art.



Anthony Camm
Regional Representative
Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Anthony Camm has been the Director of Ararat Regional Art Gallery since 2007.  Since 2013 he has combined his gallery responsibilities with his role as Manager Cultural Services, Ararat Rural City Council. He established the business case and attracted funding and support for a transformative $7.735M redevelopment of the Ararat Arts Precinct to be completed in 2018.  Anthony has more than 20 years’ experience in arts administration and policy roles, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Wyndham City Council and Footscray Community Arts Centre. He holds a BA from LaTrobe University, a graduate diploma (art history) and post graduate diploma (art curatorship) from Melbourne University.  He is a past board member of NETS Victoria and a past and current committee member of the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists.  



Tony Ellwood
NGV Representative

National Gallery of Victoria

Tony Ellwood is the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He began his career as an Aboriginal Art Coordinator, working at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra; then worked as a Curator at the NGV, specialising in major international curatorial projects. He was Director, Bendigo Art Gallery; Deputy Director – International Art, NGV and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) prior to returning to the NGV as Director in August 2012. Many important exhibitions presented in Australia in the past decade have been under Tony’s direction, and he has also written and edited numerous publications and articles. Tony has served on several state and Commonwealth boards and advisory committees, and remains extremely active within the national and international arts sector.



Melinda Martin
Metropolitan Representative

Linden New Art

Melinda Martin is the Director of Linden New Art, joining in July 2012. During her time at Linden she has overseen a major shift with the exhibition and public programs for the gallery as well as rebranding the gallery. Prior to Linden, Melinda was Manager of National Programs and Services at the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) (now Creative Partnerships Australia), overseeing their professional development and philanthropic programs. Melinda has also worked as Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Program Manager at Monash Gallery of Art, Studio Manager for Australian artist John Young and Research Assistant to Dr Chris McAuliffe at the University of Melbourne. Melinda holds a Master of Fine Art & Cinema Studies from The University of Melbourne, a Post-graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art and Criminology from the University of Melbourne. Melinda currently chairs the Income Generation Committee of the Board of the PGAV.



JD Mittmann
Metropolitan Representative
Curator & Manager of Collections 


JD (Jan Dirk) Mittmann is Curator & Manager of Collections at Burrinja, the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre in Upwey. He joined Burrinja as Visual Arts Manager in 2011.

JD serves on the Board of Management of Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre and until recently on the Banyule Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. His experience involves curatorial and art management roles in the public, not-for profit and commercial gallery sectors. He is curator of Black Mist Burnt Country Testing the Bomb - Maralinga and Australian Art which is currently on tour nationally.



Debra Morgan
Co-opted Representative (Philanthropy)
Independent Consultant

Debra has over 10 years’ of experience in the philanthropic and not for profit sectors. She has a personal commitment to effecting positive social change and is skilled in providing advice to individuals, families and companies. Debra was a program manager at the highly respected Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, two pioneering family foundations continuing the philanthropic legacy of Sidney Myer and succeeding generations of the Myer Family. Part of Debra’s passion for philanthropy comes from her deep appreciation of the arts, this lead to her to her appointment as a board member at the Public Galleries Association Victoria.



Claire Newhouse
Co-opted Representative (Legal)
Senior Associate

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers

Claire is a Senior Associate with Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers.  Claire specialises in construction law and in particular dispute related work. During her time with Corrs Claire was seconded to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.  At the Commission Claire assisted with the establishment of the Black Saturday Gallery and undertook various legal and curatorial tasks for the gallery. Claire has also worked as a Paintings Specialist for Sotheby’s Australia consigning art for auction or private sale as well as various research, reporting and administrative tasks. During her time on the PGAV Board Claire has assisted with the review and amendment of the PGAV’s Rules of Association and advises on a range of contract and other legal matters.




Karen Quinlan
Regional Representative

Bendigo Art Gallery

Karen Quinlan is Director of Bendigo Art Gallery, a Trustee of the State Library of Victoria and Professor of Practice & Director, La Trobe Arts Institute. Karen became a Board member of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2013. Karen has been instrumental in bringing international exhibitions to regional Victoria – including 'The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957', 'The White Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion' and 'Grace Kelly: Style Icon' and most recently ‘Marilyn Monroe’, achieving unprecedented economic benefits to the region with record attendances.  Karen has overseen the recent $8.5m redevelopment of the Bendigo Art Gallery with the final phase completed in March 2014.



Claire Watson
Metropolitan Representative
Senior Curator

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Claire Watson is the Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Her experience includes curatorial and arts management roles at Gippsland Art Gallery and Asialink. She has developed major curatorial projects including 'Re-visioning Histories' co-curated with Yhonnie Scarce, the NETS/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition 'Synthetica', the Asialink touring exhibition 'Vertigo' and the award winning project 'Home—Reframing Craft and Domesticity'. Most recently, she has served on the Board of Management/Artistic Directors of BLINDSIDE, supporting significant changes relating to education, programming, branding and funding. She writes regularly on Australian contemporary arts practice.



Our Staff



Anne Robertson
Executive Officer

Part-time (0.8 FTE) (Monday - Thursday)
Email: anne.robertson@pgav.ngv.vic.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 8662 1585

Anne Robertson was appointed Executive Officer of the PGAV in November 2010. Since joining the PGAV, Anne has contributed to landmark research into the brand practices of Victoria’s public galleries, undertaken state-wide benchmarking, prepared a wide-range of submissions for state and federal government and, most recently, Anne led a national committee to deliver the Fifth National Public Galleries Summit in Bendigo. Prior to joining the PGAV, Anne was Executive Director of Craftsouth: Centre for Contemporary Craft & Design (now Guildhouse) and has held positions with the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) and the Experimental Art Foundation (now the Australian Experimental Art Foundation). Anne completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia.



Lucy Whitehill
Communications Officer

Part-time (0.4 FTE) (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Email: lucy.whitehill@pgav.ngv.vic.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 8662 1586

Lucy Whitehill was appointed as Communications Officer at the PGAV in March 2016. Lucy previously worked at Monash Gallery of Art (2002 – 2013) fulfilling a variety of roles including Gallery Assistant, Program and Operations Coordinator and more recently Exhibitions Coordinator. Lucy was responsible for financial and operational aspects of the gallery including the exhibition program and delivery of MGA’s travelling exhibition program. In recent years Lucy has been a partner in a retail business where she was involved in the implementation of a new website and was responsible for updating the website and online store, design of all advertising and promotional materials and the production of regular newsletters. Lucy completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Art History and Cinema Studies at Melbourne University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies at Deakin University.



Eric Nash
Professional Development Officer

Part-time (0.4 FTE) (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Email: eric.nash@pgav.ngv.vic.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 8662 1504

Eric joins the PGAV having served as Curator, Gallery Services at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville from 2013 to 2016. In this role Eric was responsible for the development and delivery of exhibitions, festivals, significantly contributed to the creation and implementation of a visual arts strategy and business plan, as well as professional development programs. Most recently Eric served as the Arts and Culture Officer at Melton City Council, a six month contract during which time he revitalised the City’s exhibition program, secured funding for a multi-faceted Graffiti Education and Street Art Activation program, supported the formation of the city’s sole artist group, and reformed the City’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Eric brings to the role significant experience across a number of roles at a major Queensland regional gallery, which will be invaluable as he takes on the development and implementation of the PGAV’s new professional development program.


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