In the spotlight: Kelly Gellatly

March 15 / 153

This edition of Staff in the Spotlight interviews Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Kelly Gellatly
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I’m Kelly Gellatly, director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and I think I can almost claim to have one of the best jobs at the University of Melbourne.


The joy of this job comes entirely from my love of art, the fact that I get to deal with what is my absolute passion and driving force.


Exhibitions are complex things to put on, particularly an international exhibition such as this one, the Richard Avedon People.


I have very many favourite pieces in this show. I particularly love Avedon’s portrait of Marilyn Munroe. It shows a side we don’t normally see – he put down the camera, she stepped back and stopped performing and he snapped one image, which I think indicates the kind of vulnerability behind the show.


I think one of the extraordinary things about working at the University is that we have access to such extraordinary minds and that’s one of the great pleasures of being part of this community – that they become your colleagues, and hopefully you’re collaborators and that’s what we’re aiming to do here.

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