Since 2008 Glenn Barkley is Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, Australia. Previously Barkely has been curator at the University of Wollongong Art Collection from 1996 to 2007, and founding co-Director with Lisa Havilah and Nathan Clark of Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, a not-for-profit gallery space run for artists.
In 2007-08 he was Director of the Ergas Collection based in Sydney and Canberra. His major curatorial projects have included “Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO”, MCA, “Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art”, MCA, “Avoiding Myth & Message: Australian Artists and the Literary World”, MCA, “Without Borders: Outsider Art in an Antipodean Context” (co-curated with Peter Fay), Monash University Museum of Art and Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney.
Currently Barkely is presenting his exhibition “string theory: Focus on Australian contemporary art” at the MCA, a survey of Australian Indigenous textile and fibre arts, bringing together more than 30 contemporary Aboriginal artists. Barkley was also guest curator of the annual Octopus exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne with a show entitled “on this day alone” which will focus on photography and transformation.
Glenn Barkley lives and works in Sydney.