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Myles Russell Cook

Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria, The University of Melbourne

Myles Russell-Cook is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Myles is jointly responsible for the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the art of Oceania, Pre-hispanic America and Africa. In addition to this Myles, facilitates and supports activities involving the acquisition, display and interpretation, research into and public dissemination of Indigenous art within the galleries collection.

Myles has lectured in Art history, Design Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University. He is currently joint editor of the NGV’s annual scholarly publication, The Art Journal, which features in-depth, peer-reviewed essays by established art curators, conservators and academics, based on works held in the NGV’s collection.

Much of my influence and inspiration comes from my maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands. My Aboriginal Great Great Grandmother was born in a tin hut on the edge of the desert on Wotjobaluk Lands. I have lived my life on Kulin Lands, and with the Koori Community of Naarm. I identify proudly with all my heritage which includes Aboriginal, English, German and Irish.


  • –present
    Curator, National Gallery of Victoria