José Da Silva

José Da Silva

UNSW Galleries
School of Art & Design

José Da Silva has over twenty years of curatorial and management experience in art museums, private and public sector environments. Since early 2018 he has been the Director of UNSW Galleries. Previously he led the Australian Cinémathèque – an international market leader for the presentation of moving-image and media art – and contributed to an ambitious program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and projects at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art between 2006-18. He contributed to curatoriums for the ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018, and curated the major exhibitions ‘David Lynch: Between Two Worlds’ (2015) and ‘Earth and Elsewhere’ (2013). At UNSW Galleries he led the development and management of more than 40 exhibition projects, and curated the exhibitions ‘Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY’ (2022, with Liz Nowell); ‘Jacobus Capone: Orison’ (2022); ‘Sam Smith: Capture’ (2021); ‘The Colour Line: W. E. B Du Bois and Archie Moore’ (2021); ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ (2020, with Kelly Doley); ‘Wansolwara: One Salt Water (2020, with Mikala Tai); ‘Debra Porch: Art Should Make Life More Interesting Than Art’ (2019); and ‘Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence’ (2019). He has a Master of Arts (Research) and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology, and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney – Nepean.