Director, Science Gallery Melbourne, University of Melbourne
Rose Hiscock is a Cultural Director in the dynamic field of STEAM – Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Rose is the inaugural Director Science Gallery Melbourne, a gallery dedicated to the collision of art and science. Part of the acclaimed Science Gallery International network, and embedded in the University of Melbourne, the Gallery will be a dynamic new model for engaging 15-25 year olds with science. Prior to joining Science Gallery, Rose was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). With an internationally renowned collection of more than 500,000 objects, MAAS includes the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre. Rose’s career includes a period at the Australia Council, where she held the position Executive Director, Arts Development. Responsible for building Australian arts nationally and internationally, she was integrally involved in the development of the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Rose’s career includes roles at Museum Victoria where she was responsible for commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s portfolio of venues; Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum, The Royal Exhibition Building, IMAX Melbourne and the Immigration Museum.
Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. Noting the gender gap in Directorships, she played an instrumental role in developing a mentoring program to nurture future female museum Directors. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability, and Chunky Move, one of Australia’s premier dance companies.