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Myles Russell Cook

Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria, 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 Myles' influence and inspiration comes from his maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands. Currently Myles lives and works in Melbourne, on the lands of the Boon Wurrung and the Wurundjeri.


  • –present
    Curator, National Gallery of Victoria