Ann MacArthur

Ann MacArthur

One of Australia’s foremost experts in Japanese art and culture, she has over 20 years’ experience as a museum educator.

Ann holds degrees in Asian art and management from two US universities and from 1993 to 2015 was Senior Coordinator of Asian Programs for the Art Gallery of NSW. She speaks fluent Japanese and has led seven previous cultural tours to Japan, for the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Ann was a curator for the Reflections of Asia exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in 2018. From 2019, Ann has been manager for the Buddhist Council of New South Wales, the peak body for Buddhist temples and centres in NSW and the ACT. Supporting member organisations from the variety of traditions and cultures from Sri Lanka to Tibet, China and the West, the role has been a natural extension of her Asian art background.

Ann played a key role in several of Australia’s most memorable exhibitions of Asian art and culture, including the highly-successful Buddha: radiant awakening held at the Art Gallery of NSW. As well as tour leading, Ann’s professional experience includes public lecturing and devising education programs relating to exhibitions.