Curator, Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project: Macleay Museum
Matt Poll is a wealth of knowledge in the historical, cultural, and local realms, having grown up in Byron Bay; his family is the Watego Family (Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander), Matt has lived in Sydney for the last eighteen years.
After attending the University of Technology’s Jumbunna Indigenous education program, Matt studied media arts production and cultural studies, and went on to his first job at Wollongong City Gallery as a curatorial trainee. From there, Matt has gone on to be Team Leader (Visitor Services) at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Artistic Director Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.
Matt has also worked in the Indigenous community arts sector for a number of years for various local councils facilitating several public artworks for Fairfield and Holroyd local councils as well as various NAIDOC and reconciliation week projects across greater Sydney.
Over the past four years he has worked as assistant curator of the historically significant Indigenous collections of the Macleay Museum, as well as being the University of Sydney Repatriation Project Officer.
Matt is currently enrolled in the Master of Museum Studies (Research) at the University of Sydney.