EXHIBITION DESIGNER at National Gallery of Victoria

Designed over 35 temporary exhibitions, including those below. For installation images of exhibitions please get in touch.

Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire

Attracting over 332,000 visitors, the first comprehensive Salvador Dalí retrospective staged in Australia as part of NGV's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series included more than  200 works of painting, drawing, watercolour, etchings, sculpture, fashion, jewellery, cinema and photography. The Dalí Kids space delighted nearly 14,000 youngsters during the course of the exhibition.

Scale model - working model used to redesign, refine and share the exhibition design.

Concept and material finish drawings including
3D CAD model. 


3D scale models, technical drawings, plans, elevations, and digital 3D CAD models (including fly through animations), were used to share design intentions with curators, international lenders, conservation staff, security and others working at the NGV.

Curators: Dr. Ted Gott, Laurie Benson & Sophie Matthiesson.
Exhibition Designers: Johanna B Kelly & Daryl West-Moore 
Photo credits: National Gallery of Victoria & Johanna B Kelly.
For more on this exhibition visit NGV.

Ballet & Fashion

A joint project between The Australian Ballet and the NGV, Ballet & Fashion showcased collaborations between couture fashion designers and international dance companies over the past three decades. Opening The Australian Ballet’s 50th birthday week, this exhibition design was inspired by Robert Wilson who'd created some of the sets for the original ballet performances. 

Costumes L&R: Christian Lacroix Costume for the Lead Can Can Dancer, 1988, Gâité Parisienne, American Ballet Theatre Collection, New York @ NGV International 

Costumes below by Akira Isogawa (Romeo & Juliet for The Australian Ballet) 2011. Sketches Left: YSL Les Forains 
Right: Toni Maticevski Aviary: A Suite for the Bird.

The tiered 
Viktor & Rolf costume for Netherlands Dance Theatre '2 Lips and Dancers and Space' was programmed to light up in the gallery as it did on stage.

Photo credits: NGV & Johanna B Kelly.
Exhibition 'making of' video here.

Curator: Roger Leong
Exhibition Design: Johanna B Kelly

Read more on exhibition design @ the NGV Design Blog.

Harrell Fletcher

The sound we make together (Melbourne)

For this exhibition at Federation Square, Harrell Fletcher found local participants to select NGV collection works they then displayed alongside works they'd specifically created for the NGV alongside photographs of them collaborating with Fletcher. Focusing on sustainable materials to enhance community quality of life, this exhibition design was made of 100% recyclable materials for the first time in NGV history.

Working scale model.

Model View VS Real View during signage installation.

DIY style furniture was built using the same sustainable X Board used throughout the exhibition, from signage to plinths, seating to frames, the craft board reflected Fletcher's DIY aesthetic. An homage to 'zine culture and introduction of cradle to grave sustainable design practices within the NGV Design Dept.

Exhibition Design: Johanna B Kelly Curator: Alex Baker Photo credits: National Gallery of Victoria and Johanna B Kelly. 
For more see NGV.



This fashion and textiles exhibition explored the symbolism and enduring use of black in Australian and international fashion. The garments and portraits exhibited ranged from seventeenth to twentieth centuries, representing contradictions of death, power, elegance, urbanity, subversion and sex appeal through fashion and painting. The exhibition design employed lace imprints as glass decals on cases.

Curators: Roger Leong, Paola Di Trocchio, Dani Whitfield & Laura Jocic. 

Exhibition Designers: Johanna B Kelly, Diana Dzelalija, Katherine Horseman. For more visit NGV.


The Fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

Arguably Australia’s best known sculptor, Bertram Mackennal, the exhibition featured sculptures of mythological and allegorical nudes. 

Using Format