David Hurlston has worked for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) since 1993 and is currently employed as Curator, Australian Art. He has previously been employed by the NGV as Curator, Australian art exhibitions (2002-2007), Program Coordinator (1999-2002) and Access Gallery Curator (1993-1999). In 1985 Hurlston completed a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art at RMIT, majoring in ceramic sculpture, and in 1991 undertook post-graduate study in art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. He has curated a number of exhibitions for the NGV including, Yikwani: Contemporary Tiwi ceramics (2002-2003), Deborah Halpern: Angel (2006), Geoffrey Bartlett (2007) and Preserving the past, enriching the future: Hugh Williamson’s legacy (2008) and Ron Mueck (2010). More recently he curated Inge King: Constellation (2014) and Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car (2015) and John Olsen: The You Beaut Country (2017). He also developed the concept for NGV Studio, a contemporary exhibition space at NGV Australia, and from 2011 until 2015 coordinated the exhibition program. Hurlston is a member of the RMIT Design Archives Advisory Panel.
Photograph (detail): Garry Sommerfeld