Creative Team


Stefano Carboni


Dr Stefano Carboni


Stefano Carboni was appointed the 11th Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia starting in October 2008. Previously he was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing his graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he has been responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007).

His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan. Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World; another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001).

He lectured widely in the museum and outside and taught courses in Islamic Art and Curatorial Studies on a regular basis at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Hunter College (CUNY), and the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts in New York.

Robert Cook  

Robert Cook

Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art

Robert Cook is Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Exhibitions for AGWA include Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comics, Ryan Trecartin 6 Movies, Under God’s hammer: William Blake versus David Shrigley, Swamp op – Brent Harris, Mari Funaki – works, 1992-2009, Brutal, tender, human, animal: Roger Ballen Photography, and Striptease: Max Pam.

In 2007, he was guest curator of Octopus 7: don’t show me your poetry at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, and, in the same year, co-curated Old skool (never lose that feeling) with Hannah Mathews for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. He was the curator of Primavera 2013 at the Museum and Contemporary Art, Sydney.

His writing has been published in Australia and internationally; he has also edited issues of Craftwest, Photofile and Object magazines, and with artist Benjamin Forster co-edited Un magazine in 2014. His collaboration with Max Pam, Narcolepsy, was included in the 2012 Adelaide Biennale, Art Gallery of South Australia.



Jenepher Duncan

Curator of Australian Contemporary Art

Melissa Harpley  

Melissa Harpley

Manager of Curatorial Affairs |

Curator of Historical + Modern Art

Carly Lane  

Carly Lane

Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Carly Lane is the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at AGWA. She is a Murri woman from Queensland but has lived in Perth for just over twenty years. Carly’s first museum job was as Assistant Curator at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology. Since then, she has worked at other museums and galleries such as the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia; and as an independent curator. She first worked at AGWA from 2002 to 2004, then from 2007 to 2010. In 2015, Carly was formally appointed as Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. She has a passion for curating exhibitions and making spaces where Indigenous art and voices can be seen and heard.

Carly was the inaugural curator of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, and guest curated the second National Indigenous Art Triennial for the National Gallery of Australia. More recently, in 2015, she drew together Resistance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Likewise, as an honorary curator, she has worked with the Perth Centre of Photography to showcase Indigenous photography.

Carly has edited and contributed to various publications including, as co-editor with Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, the 2014 annual Indigenous art edition of Artlink. Carly has First Class Honours in Anthropology from the University of Western Australia.


Dunja Rmandic  

Dunja Rmandic
Associate Curator Projects

Dunja Rmandic is a curator, recently appointed an Associate Curator Projects at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Previous to the current role, she was Curator of Collections at Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania, for two years, where she curated collection shows Fashion Fancies, Solitary and co-curated Re-Viewing: Contemporary Response to Robinson Collection.

Dunja has worked in a number of commercial and public galleries since graduating with Masters in Art Curatorship in 2007, in administrative, research, curatorial and collection management roles. She was on the board of Kings ARI for over three years and worked on various projects including Forms of Deceit (Counihan Gallery in Brunswick), Humming a New Diaspora (Blindside) and co-curating Letters From the Field (Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin).

She has published catalogue essays and chapters including for My House Is Too Small Residency Project, Next Wave’s 'Views From Here: 19 Perspectives on Feminism', Kings ARI 10 Year publication, co-authored a chapter in Utopian Slumps: The Collingwood Years, and published reviews in Un Magazine and Artlink.


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