Patrick Pound

The collection is the medium. To collect is to gather your thoughts through things.


Patrick Pound

Research Fellow

Research and Experience
Patrick Pound is an Associate Professor, Arts, at Deakin University. Pound’s research explores how ideas move through things and how things move through ideas. In 2017 the National Gallery of Victoria staged a survey exhibition and published the monograph: ‘Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition’. Recently Pound exhibited ‘The Museum of there, not there’, an installation of objects collected under a collection constraint: that of absence and presence, testing how an immaterial idea can be found and made to move through material things.

Pound’s research is increasingly focused on public gallery and museum exhibitions that rethink collection and display models and unpack how things might be found to hold and express ideas differently in gallery and museum contexts. Pound positions the collection as a medium. He has worked with many Public Gallery and Museum collections, from the Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid, (2019) to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2020).

Pound’s work has featured in four surveys of Australian Photography: Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, 2019; The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, curated by Deborah Klochko; The Art of the Photograph, 2013, Art Gallery of New South Wales, curated by Judy Annear; Episodes, Dong Gang Photography Museum, Korea, curated by Natalie King and Yong Mi Park; Perfect for Every Occasion: Australian Photography Today, Heide Museum of Art, 2007, curated by Zara Stanhope.


Curatorial studies, Collection theory, Thing theory, History of Photography, Photography and transmission, Media archaeology, Visual Culture, Museum Studies, Internet Studies, Practice led research, Creative Practice