Was educated in art history and philosophy at the University of Western Australia and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Started his career as a journalist making the transition to contemporary art institutions in 1998.
Rees relocated to Europe in 2004 after being awarded a curatorial research residency at IASPIS in Stockholm. Becoming imbedded in the Baltic region he was appointed Head of Exhibitions at the CAC, Vilnius, in Lithuania where he worked from 2005 till 2010. Notable projects were commissioning the award-winning Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas (2007), the touring exhibition of Lithuanian art in France (2008), and the opening exhibition of the national program “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009”.
Rees also worked with Eve Kask and Eha Komissarov on the opening exhibition at KUMU Estonian Art Museum in the national program of “Tallinn – European Capital of Culture 2011”.
In 2011, Rees, working with Departure, the creative agency of the City of Vienna and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, managed the citywide exhibition curated_by: East by South West focused on redefining notions of Europe in relation to the former-communist territories and Turkey. Later that year he joined the team of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art where he is now working in museum management and curatorial development.