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Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a curator and critic renowned for his work with Australian artists and collections.
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Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is an independent curator and critic renowned for his work with contemporary Australian artists and collections. He has also worked as an artist since 1993.

He was recently appointed the Curator of Cementa24.

Previously, he was the Director of Programs and Senior Curator 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.

Notable recent work at Carriageworks includes solo projects with Reko Rennie, Mel O'Callaghan, Karla Dickens, Dean Cross and Cherine Fahd among others; curating The National 2019: New Australian Art; and initiating Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship which partnered Carriageworks with ACCA and Mona by commissioning major new works by Frances Barrett, Sally Rees and Giselle Stanborough. In 2022, Suspended Moment was adapted as an exhibition that will tour to eight venues over two years through Museums and Galleries of NSW.

One of his major achievements at Carriageworks was off-site by partnering with Mirvac to lead the curatorial delivery of a public art strategy tied to the redevelopment of Sydney's South Eveleigh with the commissioning of major new permanent public works by artists Chris Fox, Nell, and Jonathan Jones.

As an independent curator he has presented exhibitions and projects at major galleries and venues across Australia for almost three decades. Most recently he curated Space YZ for Campbelltown Arts Centre, as part of Sydney Festival 2021, which was Highly Commended for an Imagine Award through M&GNSW.

Since the mid 1990s, his prolific writing has taken the form of artist monographs, catalogue essays, academic papers, articles, and reviews. His editing work includes the publications Artlink (2021), Sturgeon (2013-16), and Runway (2009).

His work as an artist has been widely exhibited and acquired by various public collections including Artbank, City of Sydney, Macquarie University, Murray Art Museum Albury, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Wollongong Art Gallery, and private collections such as Museum of Old and New Art.