Deborah Ratliff is a Castlemaine based writer and curator with extensive experience working in both contemporary galleries and major public arts institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. Committed to arts engagement and audience reach, she developed and project managed - WeR1, a three-year Arts About US project for the National Gallery of Victoria, from 2009 to 2011. As part of this project she curated four exhibitions, two in regional Victoria and two in Melbourne. Since 2011 she has co-curated exhibitions for the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) Studio program and 'Community Hall' for Melbourne Now. Her other role at the NGV was Program Coordinator until the end of 2014.Deborah curated the Visual Arts Biennale for the 2013 and 2015 Castlemaine State Festival. In 2015 she was also the Associate Curator of Punctum's Migratory Complex for Mons2015 Capital of Culture program.Since 2017 she has continued to write fiction and co-coordinate an artist-in-residency scheme in Kyneton for art school graduates.  She is a former Board member of the Castlemaine Art Museum and a current board member of The Macfarlane Fund.