New Director, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Michael Dagostino
With more than 25 years in the contemporary arts sector – most recently at the Campbelltown Arts Centre - Mr Dagostino will start the role in March, taking over from Director David Ellis, who is retiring after 20 years at the University.
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Mark Scott congratulated Mr Dagostino on being appointed to the position, noting the high calibre of applicants and extensive recruitment process.
“The University has a very rich cultural community and at its heart is the landmark Chau Chak Wing Museum, which showcases our extraordinary collections encompassing art, antiquities, natural history, science, ethnography and photography. It’s a wonderful asset, open free of charge to all,” he said.
“Since commencing his Directorship at Campbelltown Arts Centre Michael has commissioned and curated a number of ground‐breaking exhibitions and projects while expanding its artist-led programs to engage with different communities. I look forward to him bringing his unique vision to the university.
“I also want to express my deep gratitude to David. His critical contribution to the creation of the Chau Chak Wing Museum is a fitting highlight and culmination of the years he has spent strengthening the connection of the collections of the Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Gallery to each other and to the University, especially for use in teaching and object-based learning. During his tenure visitor numbers to the collections grew from 10,000 in 2003 to over 120,000, pre-COVID.”