Mark Feary has worked within the visual art sector for twenty years in a range of contemporary art centres, universities, museums and 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 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 support 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.
Tracy is Secretary to the Gertrude Board.
Tim Riley Walsh
Curator in Residence
Tim Riley Walsh is a curator and art historian. Tim has previously worked in gallery management, communications, and programming roles at Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Camden Arts Centre, London; and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Recent projects include the exhibition and publication On Fire: Climate and Crisis (2021, Institute of Modern Art) and edited volume Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings (2020, Power Publications and Griffith University Art Museum). Tim is also the Australia Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong, and a previous contributor to Frieze, Art Monthly Australasia, Art + Australia, Eyeline, Apollo, OSMOS, Runway, and Artlink.
Exhibition and Studios Coordinator
Ian Bunyi is an art technician and archivist based in Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) and a Diploma of Product Design from RMIT University. Ian has previously worked in collections management, installation/de-installation and administration roles at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Benalla Art Gallery, RMIT Gallery, RMIT Design Hub Gallery and RMIT Design Archives.
Brigit Ryan is a sculptural artist, educator and exhibition producer in contemporary art and design. She holds a Master of Fine Art (Visual Art) from Victorian College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), from VCA and a Bachelor of Design from RMIT University. Brigit has worked in lecturing, programming, producing, editorial assisting and communications roles for organisations including the Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne); Art + Australia; Melbourne Fringe; and Midsumma Festival.
Gallery and Education Manager
Sharon Flynn is an arts worker and communications specialist with experience working for businesses and contemporary art organisations (both commercial and non-profit models). Qualifications include a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), where Flynn has held professional services and casual academic roles. Flynn's experience as both a creative and a communications professional includes working with organisations in NSW and VIC including Kaldor Art Space for Kaldor Public Arts Project 30 (Marina Abramović), aMBUSH gallery, Goethe Institut, The Lifted Brow, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Artman Gallery, Liquid Architecture and the collaboration The Lifted Brow X Dark MOFO.
Su Baker is an artist, a highly respected arts leader and cultural advocate. Long versed in the arts sector as a mentor, lecturer and for many years Head of the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her current roles are Pro Vice Chancellor Community and Cultural Partnerships at the University of Melbourne; and Director of the Centre of Visual Arts at the VCA, which she instigated as an initiative to bring connectivity across various departments of the University of Melbourne. In addition to these roles, she is Trustee of the NGV and Chair of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
Co- Chair / Treasurer
Bianca is a Partner in PwC's Deals team, specialising in valuations. She works with her clients to assess the value implications of business decisions and to prepare valuations for financial statement and regulatory purposes. Bianca has more than 13 years' of corporate finance experience with PwC and has worked extensively in Australia and Switzerland. Bianca is passionate about creative expression and encouraging diversity of thought.
Kim Brockett has been involved in the arts for over 15 years as a fundraiser, curator, writer and supporter. She is currently Development Manager, Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business and Economics, at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, Kim has held fundraising positions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Malthouse Theatre. She is also on the Board of un Projects, an independent platform for art writing and was previously Deputy Chair at artist-run organisation Bus Projects between 2011 and 2019. Kim holds a Master of Art Curatorship and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Cinema Studies) from the University of Melbourne.
Osman Faruqi is a leading voice in journalism and broadcasting in Australia. He is the culture news director for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. In recent years, Osman relocated to Melbourne from Sydney and held the role of Head of Audio at Schwartz Media. With an astute intellect on politics and culture, Osman has worked in the media field for many years, previously working as an editor at ABC, and remains an occasional contributor to The Guardian amongst other distributed media. Osman regularly lectures at universities in Sydney and is a frequent commentator on issues of culture, social issues and politics in Australia with relation to global issues.
Ben has over 20 years experience working across media, communications and politics. 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, having previously been the Chief of Staff to former State Government Minister Gavin Jennings (with responsibility for creative industries) and, more recently, Chief of Staff to Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp. In 2018 he founded leading storytelling and content agency Fireside.
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.
Yhonnie Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples, South Australia. Yhonnie’s interdisciplinary practice explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass and photography. Her work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people. Recent exhibitions include, 2020 Adelaide Biennial, South Australia, Paris Photo, Paris, France, Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy, Museum of London, Ontario, Canada. Previous international shows include the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India, 2018, 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Personal Structures 2013, Venice, Galway Art Centre, Ireland 2016, Harvard Art Museum, Massachusetts 2016, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, Virginia, USA 2012.
Darcey Bella Arnold
Studio Artist Representative
Darcey Bella Arnold’s practice involves making images, objects and organising projects. Her work has an interest in materiality and visual languages. It considers the artist’s close and unique relationship with her mother, Jennifer. Jennifer has an acquired brain injury, which amongst other things, has altered her use of language.
Darcey studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, and Monash University. She has held recent solo exhibitions at Gertrude Glasshouse and ReadingRoom and has worked on collaborative projects with artist Jon Campbell.
She is a finalist in the 2022 Churchie Art Prize and the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize and has been included in group exhibitions locally and internationally. She is represented by ReadingRoom, Naarm/Melbourne, and is acting Gallery Manager at Sutton Gallery.
Studio Artist Representative
Matthew Harris was born in Wangaratta (Yorta Yorta/Scandinavian) and is an artist and sometimes curator whose own work often debases normative hierarchies with a queer mix of sentimentality, cuteness, vulgarity and abjection. Since dropping out of high school as a teenage goth, Matthew has had solo shows at Futures, Galerie Pompom, Neon Parc, Alaska Projects, Blindside. Matthew has been included in group shows at Murray Art Museum, The Hole, Hayden’s, Bus Projects, Sullivan & Strumpf.