With a natural curiosity in arts and culture, Dr Jude Philp always wanted to be a curator. “When I studied art history and anthropology in the 80s, there wasn’t a huge exploration of the material culture from non-European cultures,” she says.
With the Macleay Collections now housed in the Chau Chak Wing Museum, a space made possible by benefactors, including Dr Chau Chak Wing, Philp spends her days surrounded by incredible pieces of art, history and science.
Philp notes that to be a curator you need a good visual sense and to be a magpie for knowledge, which is why a favourite part of her job is the visitors. “They bring their own knowledge of butterflies or 19th century taxidermy,” she says. “It’s valuable information.”