Keynote Speakers


Rhana Devenport ONZM is the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and the first woman to hold this position. She is a museum director, curator, editor, and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennials and arts festivals.  As former Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki she, in 2017, curated the work of Lisa Reihana for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Prior to that she was Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, leading to the development of the Len Lye Centre. In Australia she worked on the first four APTs at QAGOMA. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media and social practice.




Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of CSMVS and also Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernisation, including refurbishment of the museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation centre, new galleries and educational initiatives. In 2010, in recognition of his initiatives, UNESCO awarded the museum the 2010 Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation. He has organised numerous art exhibitions and international shows and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programmes and archive projects in partnership with museums worldwide. A frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, more particularly, the Bizot Group (a distinguished group of American and European museum directors), he has also been a fellow of the Nehru Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. The Bombay Management Association conferred ‘Special Jury Mention Award 2016–17’ on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the preservation of Indian culture and enhancing the glory of the museum. The University of Edinburgh recently conferred upon him the degree of Doctor ‘honoris causa’ for transformation of CSMVS to a vibrant, engaged, cultural catalyst in Mumbai.