BUXTON CONTEMPORARY STAFF
Ryan Johnston’s professional experience in the museum and university sectors spans more than 15 years, including from 2012-2018 as Head of Art at the Australian War Memorial, where he oversaw one of the most significant collections of Australian art ranging from the 19th century to the present day.
In this role, he managed Australia’s Official War Art Scheme, through which contemporary artists are deployed to war zones and peacekeeping missions around the world. At the Memorial, he also developed a wide-ranging contemporary commissioning program to address the complex and legacies of conflict. Prior to joining the Memorial, Ryan was Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum in Victoria, where he oversaw a redevelopment of the museum and its subsequent relaunch.
Ryan also worked for several years as a lecturer in the former School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, teaching subjects on modern and contemporary art. In addition to his professional roles, Ryan has undertaken a range of board appointments, including at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and as Chair of Canberra Youth Theatre.
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With almost 20 years of professional experience working in institutions and independently, Melissa Keys has curated and collaborated on wide range of contemporary art projects and programs in leading museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites locally, nationally and internationally. This includes commissioned projects, solo, survey, thematic, site-specific, collection-focused programs, performances and she has also led and participated in ambitious, national and international artist and curatorial residencies and outreach programs.
Prior to joining Buxton Contemporary, Melissa held roles at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, NETS (National Exhibitions Touring Support Victoria), Embassy of Australia Washington DC, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Monash University Art Museum (MUMA) and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Melissa holds a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts and an MA in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.
Program & Visitor Services Coordinator
Ashlee Baldwin is an Arts Administrator, with a background in contemporary arts and cultural organisations across a range of public and private contexts. Her previous roles include gallery assistant with DUTTON Gallery (New York) and Grey Noise Gallery (Dubai) through their participation at Spring1883 art fairs and with Pearl Lam Gallery (Shanghai) at Sydney Contemporary art fair. More locally, she has worked with Daine Singer Gallery and at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Prior to joining Buxton Contemporary, Ashlee was Studio Coordinator for the visual artist, John Young. Ashlee holds a Graduate Certificate in Art History and Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne. Ashlee is passionate about public engagement with contemporary art and connecting artists with a broader audience.
Photo: Oskar Kazmanli-Liffen