Hugh D.T Williamson, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria
Ewan McEoin joined the NGV in 2015 as the Hugh D.T Williamson Senior Curator of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria. This department, perhaps the first of its kind in Australia is responsible for commissioning, collecting, and exhibiting Australian and International contemporary design and architecture.
Since 2015, with the foundation of this department design and architecture have become an integral part of the growth of audiences at the NGV – placing the gallery as one of the top 20 most visited in the world with an annual audience of 3.25 million.
Alongside his curatorial projects Ewan is responsible for leading the development and curation of the annual Melbourne Design Week Australia’s leading international design event.
Ewan comes to the NGV after two decades working in design strategy, curating and publishing. He was long standing Editor of (inside) Australia Design Review; Creative Director of the Victorian Government’s State of Design Festival in 2008 and 2009, and Creative Director of the Asia Pacific Design Triennial in 2010.
Recent exhibitions curated by McEoin include Glenn Murcutt – Architecture of Faith (2016), NGV Triennial (2017), The Work of Broached Commissions (2018), the NGV Architecture Commissions (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), and Shared Values for Hong Kong Business of Design Week (2018).
Key future projects within the department include the NGV Architecture Commission (2019), NGV Triennial (2020), and ongoing exhibitions and collections displays.
McEoin was the Editor of the Melbourne Design Guide and Sydney Design Guide (2008-10) published by Alphabet Press, The Field Guide to Victorian Produce (2012) published by The Field Institute, Field Guide to Australian Produce (2016), The Street Art Guide to Melbourne (2017), and Under the Edge the monograph of AIA Gold Medallist Peter Stutchbury (2014) all published by Thames and Hudson.
McEoin is an Adjunct Professor of Design at RMIT University and an International Curatorial Advisor for the Shenzhen Bi–City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2019.