In 2008, Ross established Searle Fine Art specialising in sourcing
works of art for both private and public clients. He also acts as a
museum consultant and specialises in the small to medium-sized
gallery sector in the following areas;
Infrastructure and capital development planning,
Collection development, and
Ross Searle has worked in Australian art museums since 1982.
He was the Curator of the Shepparton Art Gallery (1982-1986)
where he developed an expert knowledge of Australian ceramics.
In 1986 he was appointed Director of the Perc Tucker Gallery,
Townsville, a position he held for 10 years and which saw that
gallery rise to national significance due to its fine exhibition
program and the consolidation of its collection, with many
important new acquisitions. In 1996 he was appointed the first full-
time Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum. In his
eleven years in this position, the collection doubled in size with
works by Australian and international artists. The University Art
Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection. He
also had a lead role in the $8 million transformation of the former
Mayne Hall into a new home for the University Art Museum. The
triple award-winning design is effectively Queensland's public
building for 2006.
Ross Searle has an extensive history as an exhibition curator,
curatorial advisor and exhibition manager and has collaborated
with the Brisbane City Gallery, Cairns Regional Gallery, National
Portrait Gallery, Perc Tucker Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery,
Shepparton Art Gallery.
His exhibition credits in Australia include;
Artist in the Tropics, 1991, a major exhibition of the art traditions
of tropical Queensland from nineteenth century to present
Selector for the Asia-Pacific Triennial, 1993, Queensland Art
Lawrence Daws: Asylum in Eden, 2000
To look within: Self portraits in Australia, 2004
Since 1990 he has developed partnerships with museums and
galleries in Japan, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and
Papua New Guinea and Singapore.
Luk Luk Gen! Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea,
1989-92, tour of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and PNG
Howard Arkley: The home show for the 48th Venice Biennale of
Art, 1999, part of Australia Council project team. The UAM was
the commissioning Australian gallery
Emmanuel Watt: When I carve, 2004-2005, developed for the
Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea
Towards Beauty’s End -2005-2006, tour of Australia and
He is a contributor to The dictionary of Australian artists: painters,
sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870. Edited by Joan
Kerr. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992 and Heritage: the
national women's art book. Edited by Joan Kerr. Roseville East,
NSW: G & B Arts International, an Art and Australia Book, 1995.
His major publication Artist in the Tropics: 200 Years in North
Queensland, published by Perc Tucker Gallery, 1991, remains the
only art historical text on an Australian region.