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Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour is the Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. Among her previous exhibitions and publications for the Gallery are Husbands & Wives (2010); Indecent exposure: Annette Kellerman (2011); and Elegance in exile: portrait drawings from colonial Australia (2012); and she has twice been the co-ordinating curator of the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2012 and 2013). She oversees the twice-yearly changeovers to the Gallery’s permanent Collection Displays, and has consequently become a bit of a boffin where Australian history is concerned. Explorers, bushrangers, strumpets, mutineers, and cannibal convicts are among the topics she’s explored in floortalks and in her writing for Portrait magazine; while her fascination with the Burke and Wills story led to an interest in the prevalence of bushy beards in portraits of chaps from the 1850s and 1860s, resulting in the 2011 online exhibition Jo’s Mo Show (with beards). Her current projects include The Wax Museum – an exhibition on the subject of death masks, posthumous portraits and other evidence of late nineteenth century Australia’s taste for the fiendish and ghoulish – which will open in December 2015.

Updated 2017
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