MARK FEARY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Mark Feary has worked within the visual art sector for fifteen years in a range of contemporary art centres, universities, museumsand artist-led initiatives, with an emphasis on contemporary art and almost exclusively within the not-for-profit sector. Feary has worked in curatorial and programming roles at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; and West Space, Melbourne.


TRACY BURGESS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Tracy Burgess is a passionate advocate for the visual arts and has extensive experience working in the not for profit sector, and in particular, in environments that supports both the production and presentation of art. With an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary art sector and strong national networks, Tracy brings to this role a commitment to supporting artists and connecting their work with public audiences, as well as strategic business and operational management skills garnered through the commercial sector. Previous roles have included General Manager of Wholefoods House, Sydney;  Acting General Manager and Studio and Public Programs Coordinator at Artspace, Sydney; and Exhibition Assistant at the Biennale of Sydney. Born and raised in California, Tracy relocated to Australia in 2005. She has a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney and Bachelor Degree in Art History, Criticism and Theory from the University of California, San Diego.


SIOBHAN SLOPER, GALLERY COORDINATOR

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Siobhan is an arts administrator and independent curator. She has a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts/Visual Arts from Monash University. Siobhan has worked with a number of visual art organisations both commercial and not-for-profit including Bus Projects, Spring 1883, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair and Loop Project Space and Bar. She is a current Board Member at BLINDSIDE ARI.


STEVEN STEWART, EXHIBITION AND STUDIO COORDINATOR

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Steven Stewart brings more than a decade of visual art experience owning and operating commercial galleries in New York City, with a focus on emerging artists and new programs. 

Steven has worked with a number of visual arts organizations including Neon Parc, Melbourne; Artist Space, NYC; Bellwether Gallery, NYC; Alexander and Bonin, NYC; FREIGHT + VOLUME, NYC; Sue Scott Gallery, NYC; and KANSAS, NYC. He has also worked as a private dealer and advisor as well as independent curator.  Steven relocated from New York to Melbourne with his family in 2018.



KATHY PAPPAS, GALLERY AND ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

1 - UnnamedKathy is an aspiring curator and artist, and is passionate about fostering diversity and inclusivity in the arts. She has a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Arts/Visual Art, majoring in Film and Television Studies, from Monash University. Kathy has previously worked and volunteered for a number of organisations, including West Space, Spring 1883, and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for the NGV Art Book Fair.

 


KYP BOSCI, CHAIR OF THE BOARD

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Kyp Bosci is managing director of Kalex, a Melbourne based property company specialising in design-led residential and commercial projects. In collaboration with Melbourne’s best creative talent, tradespeople and craftsmen, Kalex design for those who appreciate detail. Kyp is also a passionate collector of contemporary art.

 


JANE HAYMAN, DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Jane Hayman is a passionate supporter of the arts and a keen collector of contemporary art. With a background in events management Jane has worked with many organisations, including the Biennale of Sydney Events Committee and the MCRI Art for Science Committee, to broaden their support networks.  Jane currently supports Biennale of Sydney, ACCA, NGV, and Gertrude Contemporary. Jane is currently a Director of both Hayman Design and STATION Gallery, Melbourne. 

 


GORDON THOMSON, TREASURER/SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

Gordon is a partner in PwC’s Accounting Advisory Group, and is also a member of PwC’s Global accounting technical team. He has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance and specializes in a range of industries with a particular focus on the Government and Not for Profit sectors. Gordon is passionate about the arts, with a particular interest in the visual arts.


JON CAMPBELL, BOARD MEMBER

Jon Campbell graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT, 1980-82 and a Graduate Diploma, VCA, 1984-85. He was a Gertrude studio artist, 1986-87 and held his first solo exhibition there in 1986. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally over the past 30 years. Recently Jon made a solo presentation at Art Basel Hong Kong, 2015 with Darren Knight Gallery and undertook the Australia Council Greene Street Studio residency, NYC 2015. He won the Basil Sellers Art Prize, 2012 and released his debut solo Vinyl LP in 2016. He has been teaching in art schools since 1987 and is currently a lecturer in the Painting Department, VCA, University of Melbourne. Jon is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

 


KATE DAW, BOARD MEMBER

Kate Daw is an artist and academic based in Melbourne. Her conceptually based practice considers cultural norms, history, authorship and language. Daw’s work often engages with the broader community, and involves collaborating with artists, writers and designers; often with fellow artist Stewart Russell. Daw is currently Head of Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she completed her PhD in Philosophy. She has participated in many exhibitions, including most recently Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2016); You Imagine What You Desire: 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Melbourne NOW at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013-14); The India Art Fair (2013), and The Between Space, a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth in 2006. Daw has been the recipient of many grants and awards including The Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and New Work grants from the Australia Council and Creative Victoria. Daw has been a member of the Visual Art and Craft Board of the Australia Council (2011-2013) and Board Member and Chair of Next Wave Festival (2003-2006). She is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.

 


BEN HART, BOARD MEMBER

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Ben has over 20 years experience working across the media and communications sectors. Over that time he has led the communications functions at national government agencies such as headspace and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and developed narratives for organisations in the energy, transport, not-for-profit and sports sectors. He has advised leaders across all three tiers of government, while maintaining a presence in the media, writing for The Age and Sydney Morning HeraldABC Life and Broadsheet. After leaving the role of Chief of Staff to Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp in 2018 he founded content and storytelling agency Fireside.


KAY ABUDE, BOARD MEMBER, STUDIO ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE
1 - UnnamedKay Abude is an artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her creative practice engages many different forms of making, including sculpture, large-scale installation, performance, photography and silk-screen printing. Abude is fascinated with the nature of labour, with its economic, repetitive and somatic properties, and how work connects and separates us, taking so much of our time that it comes to define our lives.
Recent exhibitions include the Megalo International Print Prize, Canberra, 2019; Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria, 2019; National Anthem, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, 2019; Wangaratta Contemporary Textiles Award, Victoria, 2019; For Love or Money, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre, Hawthorn, 2019; Sunbury Cultural Commissions, Sunbury Art Gallery, Victoria, 2019; Projects at the Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand, 2018; and State of the Union, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, 2018. Abude is currently a Teaching Associate in Fine Art at MADA - the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Monash University.

JAMES NGUYEN, BOARD MEMBER, STUDIO ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE

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James Nguyen is a Melbourne-based artist working with aninterdisciplinary practice. His output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. Often collaborating with family and friends, together they create work that examines the politics of art, self-representation and how these decolonising strategies can contribute to diasporic dialogues.