Newly appointed Powerhouse Museum Director Rose Hiscock has announced two key senior appointments to the Museum’s executive team; Dolla Merrillees and Michael Parry.
“The Powerhouse is in a period of transformation and I am delighted to attract two such dynamic and credentialed individuals. Dolla and Michael will bring a progressive and innovative approach to the Museum. We share a commitment and vision to revitalise and reshape the Powerhouse Museum, its collections, audiences and profile,” said Director Rose Hiscock.
Dolla Merrillees has been appointed as Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions. Merrillees will be responsible for ensuring the Powerhouse collections, exhibitions and research reach the broadest possible audience. She will focus on bringing the Museum’s collection into the public domain. Currently Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Merrillees’ extensive career experience includes leading roles at Museums and Galleries NSW and the Biennale of Sydney, as well as curatorial positions at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum.
Michael Parry has been appointed as Director Public Engagement and will be responsible for the Museum’s public facing activities including programs, on line and commercial activities. He will be a key driver in building audiences. He is currently Deputy Director at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Parry previously worked for technology companies on projects at the Ontario Science Centre, Canada, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Museum of Science, Boston, American Museum of Natural History, New York and Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.