(October 2019)


Hannah Mathews is a Senior Curator at MUMA where she has been working since 2016 and is currently on the board of NAVA.

Hannah is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the  Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth  Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects  including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011), as well as NEW 11, ACCA and Primavera 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Hannah has a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne (2002).

IMAGE: Kym Maxwell project, Objects of Longing, 2019. A major project in Hannah Mathew’s most recent show at MUMA - Shapes of Knowledge.

IMAGE: Kym Maxwell project, Objects of Longing, 2019. A major project in Hannah Mathew’s most recent show at MUMA - Shapes of Knowledge.


(November 2019)

Ilona Nelson


A Melbourne based artist and curator interested in making work that encapsulates honesty and truth, and I search for these qualities within our paradoxes.  Working predominately with photography but also incorporate installation, film and performance, Ilona now explores the use of sculpture and live performance as well.

She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (majoring in photography) with distinction in 1998, and since then she has exhibited extensively including being selected in numerous prestigious prizes throughout Australia.  She is featured in many publications including The Age, Frankie, Haper's Bazaar, Artist Profile, Art Alamanac and Art Guide. Her work has also been acquired by Bendigo Art Gallery and private collections in Australia and America.

She has also created and curated a long term project called This Wild Song (TWS) which is a series of conceptual photographic portraits of Australian female visual artists who have a unique voice. TWS celebrates the artists through these portraits plus interviews, exhibitions and events. Recently exhibited at the Australian High Commission (Singapore) and Town Hall Gallery (Hawthorn) in 2018.  Ilona has also released an accompanying podcast about the realities and practicalities of being an artist.

Ilona is also a Co-Director of The Art Room, an independent art school in Melbourne, empowering you to become the artist you want to be.


Project Release Date: MON 28 OCT

Artist Q&A: SUN 10 NOV 2 pm – 5 pm

Exhibition Opening: THURS 28 NOV 6 – 8 pm

(JAN/FEB 2020)

Kate Rohde

Kate Rohde completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Since then she has become known for her intensely colourful jewellery and sculptural object based practice, nowadays working predominately with resin and hand casting techniques.

Recent exhibitions include Luminous Realms, a solo survey of her work since 2006 at Craft, Magic Object; the 2016 Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 21st Century Heide at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and Obsessed: Compelled to make, at the Australian Design Centre. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Rigg Design Prize at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Other projects include collaborating with Sydney fashion house Romance was Born on their 2010/11 S/S collections Renaissance Dinosaur and 2011 A/W Fruits and Flowers. Her work is held in the collections of several institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and Bendigo Art Gallery. 

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Project Release Date: MON 20 JAN

Artist Q&A: SUN 26 JAN 2 pm – 5 pm

Exhibition Opening: THURS 13 FEB 6 – 8 pm

(FEB/MAR 2020)


Natalie Thomas is a Melbourne-based artist and writer. Thomas maintains a diverse and independent practice that considers storytelling as the basis of culture. Her work engages with the mass media and its role in the how we see each other and the world. Read her thought provoking writing on her blog Natty Solo.


Project Release Date: MON 24 FEB

Artist Q&A: SUN 1 MAR 2 pm – 5 pm

Exhibition Opening: THURS 19 MAR 6 – 8 pm

Wunder Gym mentors for 2020 will be announced soon.