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Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is an artist, curator, critic and lecturer at the National Art School. Currently, he is the lead curator of Cementa 2024. Recently, he was appointed Director of Wollongong Art Gallery and commences the role on 12 August 2024.

Daniel’s artistic practice draws upon and remixes the image streams of art history, queer politics, pop culture, performance and music. His recent career survey, Are You There? at Wollongong Art Gallery spanned 30 years of practice. Curated by James Gatt, the exhibition is accompanied by a career-spanning monograph supported by Creative Australia (forthcoming late 2024).

Primarily working in video, photography and performance, his work has been presented in public galleries, museums, and artist-run initiatives since the early 1990s, including participation in Sydney Festival (2021), Cementa (2015) and MONA FOMA (2012). His work is represented in public collections such as Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, City of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, Murray Art Museum Albury, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Wollongong Art Gallery, The National Film & Sound Archive, and private collections including the Museum of Old and New Art. His archive is housed at the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Previously, he was Guest Artistic Director of Performance Space (with Rosie Dennis) in 2023, and Director of Programs at Carriageworks from 2017-2022. He has held leadership and curatorial roles at Artbank and Hazelhurst Arts Centre, and teaching and research positions at Western Sydney University, where he completed a BA Honours (First Class) in Art History and Criticism in 1997 and a PhD in Cultural Studies in 2004.

Since the mid-1990s, his prolific writing has taken the form of artist monographs, catalogue essays, academic papers, articles, and reviews, much of which has been archived at this website.