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Dolla Merrillees

Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)

 

Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dolla was Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS. She was appointed to this role in January 2014.

 

Dolla brings a strong track record of curatorial leadership to the role as well as a highly respected reputation for rethinking and representing collections and delivering innovative exhibitions.

 

She has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent successes which saw a 14% increase in visitation to the Powerhouse Museum in 2015, and over 17 new exhibitions presented. These included a number of Australia exclusives and world premieres.

 

Dolla is widely published and brings scholarship, national and international partnerships to the position, as well as a strong focus on audiences and opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and access.

 

Dolla was Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) a not-for-profit organisation championing research, education and exhibitions of significant and innovative contemporary visual practice from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and West Asia. Her role included responsibility for the management, strategic development, and implementation of SCAF’s core programs: exhibitions, publications, research, and public and educational programs in addition to financial and human resource management.

 

During her five-year tenure at SCAF Dolla directed over 16 projects, oversaw the production and design of 17 publications, and developed SCAF’s highly popular and innovative Culture+Idea series hosting over 400 events, workshops, forums, conversations, film screenings and children’s programs. She worked with leading Australian and international artists, architects and designers.

 

Her career spans managing and developing exhibitions, public and educational programs and collections at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum; disseminating information on sectoral issues at the Australia Council for the Arts; exhibition management at the Biennale of Sydney.

 

Board appointments include Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Drummond Street Services, Melbourne.

 

Dolla is a published author and has written extensively for print and online media.

 

Beatie Wolfe

Musician & Technologist (UK) - “Ground-breaking” (BBC News), “Ingenious” (Fast Company) and “Extraordinary” (Forbes)

Kate Torney

CEO, State Library Victoria

Dan Goods

Visual Strategist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA (USA)

Deborah Shaw

Head of Creative Programming, Historic Royal Palaces (inc. Tower of London, Kensington Palace & Hampton Court Palace) (UK)

Sam McDonagh

Country Manager, Airbnb

Toby Coffey

Head of Digital Development, National Theatre (UK)

Dan Rosen

CEO, ARIA

Jan Owen AM

CEO, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

Steph Harmon

Culture Editor, The Guardian

Ian McClelland

Managing Director, The Guardian Australia

Jonathan Pease

Executive Creative Director, AKQA

Michael Rodrigues

Chair, Night Time Industries Association & MD, Time Out (ANZ)

Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development, RSC / Royal Shakespeare Company (UK)

Kylie Watson-Wheeler

Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company ANZ (inc. Lucas Film, Marvel, Pixar)

Natalia Manidis

Author Success & Content Operations, Envato

Kate Cherry

Director/CEO, NIDA

Jason Potts

Professor of Economics, RMIT University

Lynley Marshall

CEO, Museums Victoria

Ian Scobie AM

Director, WOMADelaide

Christina Erskine

Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Sydney Opera House

Peter Tullin

Co Founder, REMIX Summits & CultureLabel.com

Simon Cronshaw

Co-Founder, CultureLabel.com & REMIX Summits

Katy Clark

President, BAM / Brooklyn Academy of Music (USA)

Tamasein Holyman

Mistress of Make-Believe, Underground Cinema & Secret Squirrel Productions

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Co-founder, GetUp.org.au & Founder, Sydney Alliance

Diego Radivoy

General Director, Creative Industries, Buenos Aires City Government (Argentina)

Councillor Jess Scully

Knowledge Exchange Strategist

Professor Ross Harley

Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design, UNSW & Chair, Sydney Culture Network

Wesley Enoch

Director, Sydney Festival

Peter Mahony

Manager, Education and Digital Learning, MAAS

Jason Twill

Innovation Fellow & Senior Lecturer, UTS

Marian Goodell

CEO, Burning Man

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Head of CSR, Samsung

Michael Campbell

Executive Director, WestWords

Chantal Abouchar

CEO, The Studio

Scott Rigby

Head of Digital Transformation, Adobe Asia Pacific

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Work Futurist & Head of R&D, Atlassian

Ally Watson

Co-Founder, Code Like a Girl

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Head of Creative Services, National Geographic (FOX)

Paula Bray

DX Lab Leader, State Library of New South Wales

Michael Brealey

CEO, Create, NSW

Mikaela Jade

CEO & Founder, Indigital

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CEO & Co-Founder, Animal Logic (Happy Feet, The LEGO Movie, Peter Rabbit)

Vic McEwan

Artistic Director, The Cad Factory

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Founder, Parlour Gigs

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‎Original Programming Manager, Audible (Amazon)

Bonnie Shaw

Strategy Lead, Smart City Office at City of Melbourne

Paul Bennetts

CEO & Co-Founder Spaceship & Venture Partner, AirTree Ventures

Georgia Frances King

Deputy Ideas Editor, Quartz (USA)

Dolla Merrillees

Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)

Margaret Petty

Executive Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Technology Sydney

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Founder and Publisher, Concrete Playground

Janne Ryan

Ideas Curator, Broadcaster, Producer & Design Writer

Paul Barclay

Presenter, Big Ideas, ABC

Neil Ackland

Managing Director, Junkee Media

Claire Evans

Managing Director, Grumpy Sailor

Peter Denham

Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions, MAAS

Marc Fennell

Presenter, Download this Show, ABC

Daniel Garcia

Educator, NGV (National Gallery of Victoria)

Kellie Riordan

Head of ABC Audio Studios

Kate Driver

Deputy Director, Questacon

Kelly Godfrey

Managing Director Australia & NZ, Ancestry

Tanya Denning-Orman

Channel Manager, NITV / SBS

Sara Mansour

Co-Founder, Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS)

Tamryn Bennett

Director, Red Room Poetry

Brett Leavy

Digital Storyteller, Virtual Warrane

Alicia Talbot

Senior Strategic Project Leader, City of Parramatta

Kath Mainland

Executive Director, Melbourne Festival

Katy Roberts

Head of Video, VICE (Australia / NZ)

Professor Glenn Wightwick

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Innovation & Enterprise), UTS

Lily Jacobs

Business Strategy Lead, Emerging Sectors and Innovation, LendLease

Tom Pitney

Managing Editor, Punkee

Ed Miles

Head of YouTube Partnerships, AUNZ & Head of Sports Partnerships, YouTube APAC

Rosie Dennis

Artistic Director/CEO, Urban Theatre Projects

Dr Mark Liu

Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UTS

Louise Herron

CEO, Sydney Opera House

Alison Page

Designer & Filmaker, ZAKPAGE

Jess Cook

Managing Director, 107 Projects

Mimi Flemming

General Manager, VICE (Australia / NZ)

Dr Natalia Nikolova

Director UTS Advanced MBA, UTS Business School

Richard Watts

Performing Arts Editor/Editorial Team Leader, ArtsHub

Neil Peplow

CEO, AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School)

Topaz Conway

Chair of the Board, StartupAUS

Alison Wright

Assistant Director, Engagement and Development, National Gallery of Australia

Terri Janke

Solicitor Director, Terri Janke and Company

Dr Julia Prior

Director, Engagement (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT), and Senior Lecturer, School of Software, UTS

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Poet, Journalist & Teaching Artist

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Dr Nimish Biloria

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