Professor Anne Dunlop holds the Herald Chair in Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne. She has also taught at Yale University and at Tulane University. She works on Italian and European art in the later Middle Ages and early modern period, and for several years now has been researching and writing on the links between Italy and Eurasia in the Mongol period. She has been a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, at Peking University, and at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, where last year she organized a two-day exploratory workshop, ‘The Mongols and the Writing of Global History.’ Her most recent books include: Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting (2015); The Matter of Art: Materials, Practices, Cultural Logics, c 1250-1750 (co-edited, 2014); and the exhibition and catalogue Early Modern Faces (2014). Another edited book will appear this year with Amsterdam University Press: Antipodean Early Modern: European Art in Australian Collections, 1200-1600.

Dr Anthony Gardner is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford, UK, where he is also the Head of the Ruskin School of Art and a Fellow of The Queen’s College. He has published widely on subjects including postcolonialism, postsocialism and curatorial histories, and is an editor of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins. Among his books are Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art against Democracy (MIT Press, 2015) and, also through MIT Press in 2015, the anthology Neue Slowenische Kunst: From Kapital to Capital (with Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer), which was a finalist for the 2017 Alfred H Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue worldwide. His latest book, co-authored with Charles Green (University of Melbourne), is Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The exhibitions that created contemporary art, published by Wiley-Blackwell in summer 2016.

Anthony Gardner’s travel to Perth is sponsored by the School of Design, University of Western Australia.

Dr Vanessa Russ is the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia. Vanessa worked at the Department of Culture and the Arts as a business analyst, before taking up the role at the Berndt Museum. As the Associate Director, Vanessa is focusing on the importance of this Aboriginal-led university museum to create a dynamic facility for all Australians to learn about the first peoples, while engaging young Australian Aboriginal people in new ways of accessing cultural knowledge.

Vanessa was born in Derby and raised between Derby and Ngullagunda (Gibb River Cattle Station) and has family connections to Ngarinyin and Gija people in the Kimberley. She was awarded Honours (Fine Arts) at the UNSW 2009 and returned to Western Australia to attain a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Western Australia in 2013. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2014, in which she investigated the effects of national identity in mainstream art museums on Indigenous populations, travelling across the United States of America, Hong Kong and Singapore.