No ceiling that can’t be broken: Dr Melissa Chiu

Darwin-born, and Director of the globally celebrated Hirshhorn Museum, Dr Melissa Chiu talks about diversity, cultural diplomacy, and seeking out challenges.

‘When I was growing up there was no woman to act as a role model for me.’ – Betty Churcher AO.

Betty Churcher was the first woman to lead an Australian tertiary education centre as Dean of the School of Art and Design at Phillip Institute of Technology in Melbourne in 1982; the first woman to lead a state gallery as Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1987, and the first female Director of the National Gallery from 1990-1997.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina