About Art + Australia


Art + Australia was established in 1963 by Sam Ure-Smith and in 2015 was donated to the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne by then publisher and editor Eleonora Triguboff as a gift of the ARTAND Foundation.

Art + Australia acknowledges the generous support of the Dr Harold Schenberg Bequest and the Centre of Visual Art, University of Melbourne.

Art + Australia acknowledges that we live and work on the unceded lands of the people of the Kulin nations who have been and remain traditional owners of this land for tens of thousands of years, and acknowledge and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and emerging.


Agency is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profit organisation that responds to an identified need expressed by cultural leaders, which resonates with Government priorities, academic research and the voice of innovative philanthropists who care deeply about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, art and Country. Our values align with the foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resilience, strength and a desire to share. We aspire to develop and facilitate new and stable platforms that promote, celebrate and support cultural maintenance, allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership to thrive, and feature strong participation and economic opportunities for Indigenous people. 

Alan Pert

Alan is also an acclaimed architect. As Director of NORD (Northern Office for Research by Design) Alan aims to carry out practice-based research, analysing and forging propositions across writing, discourse, exhibitions, education and building. NORD was established to allow the practice of architecture and research to coexist. It is through the practice of architecture and design that NORD undertakes its research, often by using competitions and live projects as vehicles to develop and test ideas.

Alasdair McLuckie

Alasdair MckLuckie is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne and Mothers Tankstation Limited, Dublin and London

Andy Simionato (he/him)

Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato have worked exclusively together in the expanded fields of computational art and design since 1990. Recently their work received the Tokyo TDC Award for two consecutive years, the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, and the Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature.


Angela Brennan (she/her)

Angela Brennan is a Melbourne based painter Angela Brennan has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. In recent years her work has been included in the major curated exhibitions Shut Up and Paint at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the National Gallery of Australia’s touring exhibition Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists and she presented a solo study in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s major 2016 exhibition Painting. More Painting. She completed a PhD at MADA, Monash University in 2019, a BA from the University of Melbourne (1992), and a BA, Fine Arts, Painting, RMIT University (1981). She has been awarded numerous overseas residencies, most recently in Rome and in Cyprus. Her work is widely represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Angela Brennan’s practice operates on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. She acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 

Anne Marsh (she/her)

Anne Marsh is a contemporary art historian and Professorial Research Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts. Before joining the University of Melbourne, she was Professor of Art History and Theory at Monash University. Her books include LOOK: Contemporary Australian Photography since 1980 (2010) and Body and Self: Performance Art in Australia, 1969-1992 (1993, 2015). Anne has published hundreds of essays, journal articles, exhibition catalogues and reviews. She was the Herald Sun art critic 1994-1997 and she has been the Melbourne contributing editor for Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts since 1997.

Ariel Hassan (he/him)

Ariel Hassan was born in Argentina in 1977. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia, Spain, Singapore and China. Group exhibitions include the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2012); Art Stage Singapore (Greenaway Art Gallery), Singapore (2012); SH Contemporary (Aura Gallery and Greenaway Art Gallery), Shanghai, China (2011); Australian Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, China (2010); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2008); Uneasy – Recent South Australian Art, curated by Timothy Morrell, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide (2008); Della Pittura Digitalis (Painting and the digital momentum), curated by Paco Barragan, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin (2007). 

Ashley Barber

Callum Morton (he/him)

Callum Morton is an artist, Professor of Fine Art at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) Melbourne and Director of Monash Art Projects. He has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1987, including solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (1999), the MCA in Sydney (2003), The Indian Triennale in New Delhi(2004) and ACCA in Melbourne (2005). Morton represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2007 with his work Valhalla. His public projects include Hotel (2008) on the Eastlink freeway in Melbourne, the permanent pavilion Grotto (2009) for the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, the Netherlands, Silverscreen (2011) for the new location of MUMA in Melbourne in 2010 and Monument Park in Melbourne’s Docklands (2014). In 2011 Morton’s work was the subject of a retrospective at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and in 2014 he participated in the 19th Sydney Biennale, Imagine What You Desire. In 2017 he completed the outdoor work Sisyphus in Silkeborg, Denmark for the European Capital of Culture.

Charles Green (he/him)

Charles Green is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne in the Art History department, School of Culture and Communication. He has written Peripheral Vision: Contemporary Australian Art 1970-94 (Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995), The Third Hand: Artist Collaborations from Conceptualism to Postmodernism (University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2001), and (with Anthony Gardner) Biennials, Triennials, and documenta (Boston, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). He was Australian correspondent for Artforum for many years. He is an artist: Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have worked together as one artist since 1989. They were Australia’s Official War Artists in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007-08.

Charles Merewether (he/him)

Dr Charles Merewether is an art historian, author and curator who has worked and taught in Universities in Australia, Americas, Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. He is currently living in Melbourne and is a Senior Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Merewether is the author of books and many articles about contemporary art. His books include In the Sphere of the Soviets: Essays on the Cultural Legacy of the Soviet Union, (2020), Art in the 21st Century (co-editor) State of Play (2017), After Memory: The Art of Milenko Prvacki (2013), After the Event (co-editor, 2010) and Under Construction: Ai Weiwei (2008), Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan 1950-1970 (co-editor, 2007), and editor of The Archive (2006). Merewether has worked and lived in Tbilisi, Georgia over the past 4 years between 2016-2020. Having recently finished a book manuscript on museums, collecting and looting, he is currently writing a book on Ukrainian modernism.

Charles Nodrum (he/him)

Prior to opening his gallery in 1984, Charles Nodrum worked at the Joseph Brown Gallery (1971-5), managed Christie's Melbourne office (1975-8), and was a principal researcher for Alan McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art (1984 edition). The Charles Nodrum Gallery represents living artists and artist’s estates as well as dealing on the secondary market and presenting annual curated group shows with a historical focus.

David Harley (he/him)

Projects to date include: The design of an internally lit column in ‘The NAB Village’, a public meeting foyer of the National Australia Bank’s new head office in Melbourne (2013); A large scale installation of printed wall paper in the staircase of The University Library at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus (2013). The collaborative design and installation of over 250m of wall paintings with Michael Jäger, Volker Saul and Jürgen Palmtag for the Schwarzwald-Baar-Klinikums (hospital) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Dewi Cooke

Dewi Cooke is the CEO of The Social Studio, a not-for-profit social enterprise offering work and learning opportunities in fashion, design and the creative arts to people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds.

Dominik Mersch (he/him)

DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY (DMG) was founded in 2006 and continues to work closely with artists to realise a vibrant and active calendar of exhibitions, fairs and events. DMG represents artists who create conceptually challenging and cerebral works that hold powerful aesthetic impact. This forms the foundation of our aims to lend a discerning eye to art collectors and situate curiosity and critical engagement at the centre of all art encounters.

Edward Colless (he/him)

Dr Edward Colless Editor-at-large, Art+australia journal and A+a publications. Previously working as Senior Lecturer in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, lecturing in art and cultural history, aesthetics, cinema studies, and design with practical teaching in performance and writes across art criticism and journalism, book and film reviewing, fiction and travel. An anthology of his selected writing, The Error of My Ways, published in 1995, was nominated for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Literature. Colless has also been short-listed for the Pascall Prize for Criticism. He has been features writer and associate editor of Australian Art Collector since its inauguration and has worked as Melbourne art reviewer for The Australian newspaper. He has received numerous grants for critical writing from the Australia Council, the latest of which has been in support of a two-volume project titled Hallucinogenesis, which deals with performativity and possession in art.

Faye Dowling (she/her)

Faye Dowling is a curator, editor & consultant working across art, photography, publishing & visual culture.

Faye has curated and produced exhibitions in the UK and internationally featuring artists including Derek Ridgers, Penny Slinger, Clare Strand, Thomas Mailaender, Sam Jackson, Graham Dolphin, Cathy Ward, Iain McKell, Jason Evans, Sara VanDerBeek, Anouk Kruithof, United Visual Artists and Sergei Sviatchenko.

In 2020 Faye curated and produced ‘LESS Festival of Contemporary Collage Art’, which launched in Viborg, Denmark, supported by the Danish Arts Council and featuring collage artists including Penny Slinger and Nico Krijno. In January 2022 her exhibition UNFOLDING LANDSCAPES, an exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art, opened at Silkeborg Foundation, Denmark, just days before the tragic war broke out in Ukraine. With the artwork now a refugee, the exhibition is soon to embark on a European tour with locations in Brussels and Switzerland.

Gareth Sansom (he/him)

Sansom was appointed Head of Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1977–1985, and Dean School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1986–1991. He was an artist-in-residence at the University of Melbourne in 1985, when he resumed his full-time painting practice with a series of large works on canvas. He held a retrospective, Gareth Sansom: Paintings 1956–1986, at the University Gallery, University of Melbourne in 1986, Gareth Sansom: Welcome to My Mind at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne in 2005 and Gareth Sansom: Transformer at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, in 2017.

Giacomo Costa (he/him)

Born in Florence, Italy, Giacomo Costa has been creating imagined dystopian landscapes through manipulated photography for over two decades and exhibiting all over the world. Notably, he represented Italy at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2009. He depicts towering city metropolises that eerily emerge from fog or peek through unchecked nature, reminiscent of Pripyat after Chernobyl or a scene from ‘Bladerunner’. Recently the subject of an article published by CNN, Costa’s “imagery strikes an unsettling tone, reminiscent of urban centers recently put under strict lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Hossein Valamanesh

Hossein Valamanesh AM (2 March 1949 – 15 January 2022) was an Iranian-Australian contemporary artist who lived and worked in Adelaide, South Australia. He worked in mixed media, printmaking, installations, and sculpture. He often collaborated with his wife, Angela Valamanesh. Hossein Valamanesh was born in Tehran, Iran on 2 March 1949.He worked with theatre director Bijan Mofid from 1968 to 1971, and graduated from at the Tehran School of Art in Tehran in 1970.He emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, in 1973, and while living there travelled to remote Aboriginal communities in WA, where he felt a connection between their ancient culture and his own Persian cultureHe worked with the Round Earth Company and Aboriginal children. He continued his art education at the South Australian School of Art after moving to Adelaide in 1974, graduating in 1977.

Jan Murray (she/her)

Since 1982 Jan Murray has shown regularly in both solo and group exhibitions in public museums, commercial galleries and artist run initiatives. Her work has been included in national and international surveys of contemporary art in Australia, Germany, France, Italy and the USA and is widely represented in significant National and International public collections – including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Art and Music at the University of Melbourne – before which she held various teaching and leadership roles at the VCA for over 30 years, including 10 years as Head of School. She completed her postgraduate qualifications at VCA and RMIT and has been awarded several Australian Council Grants and Residencies including Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Via Farini, Milan the British School at Rome.

Jeremy Eaton (he/him)

Jeremy Eaton is an artist, writer, curator and works in arts publishing. Over the last five years Eaton has been concerned with exploring various underrepresented homosocial histories to develop print, sculptural, drawing and text-based artworks, which form poetic and material relations between the past and now. Engaging with cinema, literature, art history and social history, Eaton maps potential subtexts that pervade repeated gestures, correlative material use across design and art, and the queer contexts that underpin these relationships. Eaton has presented solo exhibitions at Bundoora Homestead, BUS Projects and West Space and has been included in group exhibitions at LON Gallery, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Sarah Scout Presents, Dominik Mersch Gallery and CAVES.


Jon Cattapan (he/him)

In 2006 he was honoured with a comprehensive survey The Drowned World: Jon Cattapan works and collaborations, at The Potter Museum, University of Melbourne. In 2008 a monograph Jon Cattapan: Possible histories written by Dr Chris McAuliffe was published. In 2008, he took up a commission through the Australian War Memorial to become Australia’s 63rd Official war artist and was deployed to Timor Leste, with the Australian Defence Forces, where he explored the nature of Night Vision technology as an aesthetic tool, which continues to inform his works. He has been honoured with a number of significant awards including the Bulgari fellowship awarded through the Art Gallery of NSW in 2013 and the Moira Gold Award, through The Rockampton Museum of Art in 2016. In 2022, Art Ink Australia published a major monograph Jon Cattapan Threshold Signs. Jon Cattapan’s work is held in most major Australian public museum collections as well as private and public collections in Australia, India, Korea, United States and the UK.

Josh Milani

Josh Milani is the Director of Milani Gallery. Milani Gallery specialises in contemporary art. Based in Meanjin (Brisbane), the Gallery has been showing the work of Australian and international artists since 2008.

Karen ann Donnachie (she/her)

Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato have worked exclusively together in the expanded fields of computational art and design since 1990. Recently their work received the Tokyo TDC Award for two consecutive years, the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, and the Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature.


Lauren Crockett (she/her)

Lauren Crockett is an architect with a background in design, publishing and education. The focus of her research is the impact of cultural and technological shifts on the way that people relate to each other in both physical and digital environments. She co-founded independent architectural publication Caliper Journal in 2017 and continues to write, teach and practice within the architecture and design field.


Lindy Lee (she/her)

Lindy Lee practice explores both her Australian heritage, and her Chinese ancestry through Taoism and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. She employs chance and spontaneity to produce a galaxy of images that embody the intimate connections between human existence and the cosmos. In 2018, the Art Gallery of South Australia; Adelaide acquired The Life of Stars, a 6 metre tall stainless steel sculpture. Other large scale public works include Tower of Ten Billion Stars, Sanya Bay Hainan Island, China; The Life of Stars - Tenderness of Rain, Province Midtown Cultural Centre, Zhengzhou, China; and Secret World of a Starlight Ember, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2020 Lindy had a major survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney titled Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop. The exhibition brought together her array of processes, including flung bronze, works on paper transformed by fire, rain and Chinese ink, painting, wooden sculptures and cut stainless steel, to explore her experience of living between two cultures. With a practice spanning over four decades, Lindy has exhibited widely in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and


Lynda Draper (she/her)

Lynda Draper is an Australian visual artist who works primarily in the ceramic medium, she is currently Head of Ceramics at the National Art School, Sydney . Her work explores the intersection between dreams and reality. Many ceramic sculptures evolve from a state of reverie shaped by fragmented images from her environment, memory, culture and ghosts from the past. She is interested in the relationship between the mind and material world and the related phenomenon of the metaphysical. Creating art is a way of attempting to bridge the gap between these worlds. Draper has received numerous national and international awards, including being the recipient of the 2019 Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award.


Marco Fusinato (he/him)

Marco Fusinato is the Australian representative at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Fusinato’s work has been presented in many international exhibitions, including All the World’s Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2015); The Imminence of Poetics, 30th Sao Paulo Biennale (2012); SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement, 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); and Australia: Antipodean Stories, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2019). His work was also included in Soundings: A Contemporary Score, the first ever exhibition of sound at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013) and Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix (2008–10), a European travelling exhibition of artists who have collaborated with the New York rock band, Sonic Youth.

Margaret Moore (she/her)

Margaret Moore is the founder and Director of MOORE CONTEMPORARY based in Perth. MOORE CONTEMPORARY was established in its Cathedral Square location in Perth in November 2017. MOORE CONTEMPORARY is a space dedicated to the presentation and promotion of major contemporary art, and is guided by respect for the development of artist careers and collector support. In recognition of Margaret's extensive curatorial and arts management career, MOORE CONTEMPORARY offers, in addition to a program of exhibitions, professional consultancy services in art commissioning, collection advice and management.

Michael Lindeman

Michael Lindeman is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. His work is an exploration into his own identity, a burrowing into the realm of institutional critique, and an exercise in bypassing culturally sanctioned principles. Lindeman’s work often takes form as large-scale text paintings, drawings and sculptures. Drifting between stream of consciousness writing and structured research based content, Lindeman’s work shines a light on the mechanics of the contemporary art world and his place within it. Lindeman aims for a type of wry institutional critique, addressing issues surrounding cultural meaning and the commodification of art with deadpan humour. The irony of course, is that Lindeman is a willing participant in the commodity culture that increasingly commands contemporary art. Michael Lindeman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (First Class) in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts, in 2004 from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.


Miriam La Rosa (she/her)

Miriam La Rosa is Project Coordinator and Research Lead at Agency and a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her research looks at notions of gift exchange and host-guest relationships in the art residency with the South as a geopolitical focus.

Murray White (he/him)

Murray White is the founder and Director of Murray White Room. Established in 2006, Murray White Room maintains a ‘less is more’ display context, calendar of exhibitions and represented artists in an endeavor to provide a select group of emerging – mid-career artists a higher level of commercial agency and curatorial advocacy. The diverse practices of the artists represented by Murray White Room speak to an ‘of the hand’ aesthetic across photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Murray White Room exhibits new work on the primary market only. The artists represented and the exhibition program at Murray White Room is informed by the Director’s background as a former museum curator and registrar.

Natalie King (she/her)

Natalie King is an Australian curator, writer and senior researcher who is currently Curator of Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Art Biennale 2022 and Series Editor of Mini Monographs with Thames & Hudson. In 2017, King was Curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion, the 57th Venice Art Biennale. King is an Enterprise Professor of Visual Arts, University of Melbourne. In 2020, King was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for "service to the contemporary visual arts". She is President of AICA-Australia (International Association of Art Critics, Paris) and in 2021, she was awarded a University of Melbourne Excellence Award: The Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence.


Nicholas Thompson (he/him)

Nicholas Thompson is the Director of Nicholas Thompson Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Melbourne / Naarm established in 2015.


Nicola Cortese (she/her)

Nicola Cortese is an architect, designer, educator and co-founder of Caliper Journal. Her interest lies in architecture’s potential to function more broadly as an interdisciplinary tool that can facilitate research and produce shared knowledge. She explores this cross-disciplinary approach by questioning the intersection of spatial design practices and other means of communication such as publishing, writing and curating.


Nur Shkembi (she/her)

Nur Shkembi is a Melbourne (Naarm) based curator, writer and scholar. Nur has produced and curated over 150 events, exhibitions and community engagement projects, including You Am I, the first nationwide annual exhibition of contemporary Australian Muslim artists. She was part of the core team which established the Islamic Museum of Australia, serving as the museum’s inaugural Art Director, Exhibitions Manager and foundation Curator. Much of her interest has been in the development of community awareness in relation to the arts with a focus on the presence of Australian Muslim artists in the cultural landscape. As a museum curator Nur brought together artefacts, traditional art and contemporary art as a means for collective storytelling, subverting stereotypes and as a provision for the individual narrative.

Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini received a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1991. In 1994 she initiated The Basement Project Gallery in Melbourne, which she coordinated until 1996. She is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. In 2014 she was awarded the Melbourne Art Foundation Visual Arts Award. In 2016 she was awarded a Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts (Honora Causa) from the Victorian College of the Arts and appointed as Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Her studio and home are on Wurundjeri country in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia.

Paul Greenaway

Paul Greenaway Paul R. Greenaway OAM is Founder and Director of Greenaway Art Gallery, and Director of GAGPROJECTS  Adelaide, since 1991 and GAGPROJECTS Berlin since 2019..  Eight years ago, Paul bought a small space in Berlin and started the GagProjects, a nonprofit social and educational art gallery. One year ago, Paul opened Phasmid studios, providing studios for international artists, suitable for working and living.Paul is a Government Approved Valuer, qualified to can give advice to collectors of any caliber. Paul founded the South Australian Living Artists festival 17 years ago. SALA is a festival for artists to display there work. This year over 4000 artists were in attendance. Paul is devoted, passionate, motivated, and driven to provide opportunities for artist. He has dedicated himself further to the Korogo Project, a project that raises funds to buy water filters along the middle Sepik River in Papua New Guinea in efforts to prevent and reduce the infant mortality rate. Paul is currently working closely to help raise awareness and funds to lower the infant mortality rate by 90% within the next 5 years.

Pilar Mata Dupont

Pilar Mata Dupont is a Latinx visual artist and filmmaker living and working between Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Boorloo (Perth), Australia. Dupont's work spans video, performance, and photography and delves into the fallibility of structures of history, gender, and memory. Using highly theatrical and cinematic methods, they re-imagine histories and classical texts, creating alternative readings that question the conditions of the construction of dominant narratives that shape Western society. Dupont's Argentinean background and upbringing in Australia, Argentina, and Brunei Darussalam – all settler states or former colonies – feed into their practice.

Rebecca Coates (she/her)

Rebecca Coates is an accomplished museum director, curator, public speaker, writer and lecturer. She directed the development and opening of an iconic regional precinct and building, reinvigorating its artistic program and collection strategy, while taking its fundraising to unprecedented levels. (CEO & Artistic Director, Shepparton Art Museum 2015 - Dec 2021) Rebecca has worked extensively in Australia and overseas. She is a leading advocate for arts and culture, Indigenous engagement and diversity and inclusion. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of Melbourne, and is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre of Visual Art (COVA), University of Melbourne. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of AICA Australia. Rebecca has extensive Board experience as both a Chair and non-executive director in leading arts and cultural organisations and government boards. She is committed to contributing to and shaping our arts and cultural conversations and shared future.

Richard J. Frankland (he/him)

Professor Richard J. Frankland is one of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal singer/songwriters, authors and film makers. Born in Melbourne, but raised mostly on the coast in south-west Victoria, Richard is a proud Gunditjmara man who has worked as a Soldier, Fisherman, and Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. His work with the Royal Commission led to his appearance as presenter in the award winning Australian documentary WHO KILLED MALCOLM SMITH? Richard has written, directed and produced over fifty video, documentary and film projects including the award winning NO WAY TO FORGET, AFTER MABO, HARRY’S WAR and THE CONVINCING GROUND documentaries. Richard is also an acclaimed musician whose music features on the soundtracks to many of his films. In 1991 his first band DJAAMBI supported PRINCE on his Australian Tour.

Robert Buckingham (he/him)

Robert Buckingham is a creative director, curator and strategist with a long association with the Australian design, fashion and retail sector as well as government and arts organisations through his work with Craft Victoria (1992-1996), the establishment and leadership of the Fashion Design Council of Australia (1984-1990), Melbourne Fashion Festival (1996-2003), MPavilion and Naomi Milgrom Foundation (2013-2017). In these roles he was responsible for the creative direction of events and exhibitions, cultural programming, publishing, communications, marketing and developing national and international associations through business events, exhibitions, design workshops and seminars.

Rory Hyde

Dr Rory Hyde is Associate Professor in Architecture, Curatorial Design and Practice at the University of Melbourne. Hyde is the author of Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture, and co-author of Architects After Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice, both focused on redefining the role of the architect and developing new forms of practice for the public good. From 2013 to 2020 he was the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A Museum in London, where he co-curated the major exhibitions All of This Belongs to You, and The Future Starts Here.

Samantha Barrow (she/her)

Samantha Barrow is a Director at Station Gallery. Samantha Barrow is a Melbourne-based arts administrator, artist and curator. Following an international career in Management Consulting, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 2016.   In 2019 she was appointed as an Independent curator for the Knox City Council Immerse program, which presents 30 artists across 30 locations for the month of September. Most recently she was a Director at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, over seeing all aspects of the gallery’s operations including artist management, public art commissioning projects and the presentation of exhibitions, including the 2018 Melbourne Art Fair. 

Sangeeta Sandrasegar (she/her)

Sangeeta Sandrasegar has consistently engaged with shadow as a formal and symbolic motif in her exploration of postcolonial and hybridity theory. Best known for her delicate paper cut-outs, Sandrasegar’s practice includes watercolour, drawing, sculpture, video, embroidery and printmaking. Drawing from her own upbringing in Australia and Malaysia, and her Indian and Malaysian ancestry, Sandrasegar explores the relationship between migrant communities and homelands, giving voice to the identities of people caught on the margins of society.

In 2004 Sangeeta Sandrasegar completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has exhibited throughout Australia, her work has been featured in numerous public exhibition including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; and the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland; in addition to major international exhibitions and biennials in New Zealand, Korea, India and the USA.

Sarah Cottier

Sarah Cottier Gallery was established in 1993 by directors Sarah Cottier and Ashley Barber, and has operated in various locations throughout Sydney including Lennox Street, Newtown; Elizabeth Street, Redfern; Neild Avenue, Paddington and presently at Roylston Street, Paddington. Since opening, the gallery has worked with leading local and international contemporary artists to deliver a cross-displinary and intergenerational programme, while establishing successful careers. The pre-existing building at the gallery’s current Roylston Street location was developed into a gallery in 2013, and offers two distinct exhibition spaces. 

Sergei Sviatchenko (he/him)
Shaun Gladwell (he/him)

Shaun Gladwell Born 1972, Sydney, New South Wales. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria. Shaun Gladwell works predominantly in video performance. His works are shot in natural and urban environments and explore the relationship between landscapes and people. Gladwell came to prominence as a member of the Sydney based Imperial Slacks collective, and with his first solo project at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in 2000. He rapidly became the most internationally prominent artist of his generation working with the fast-evolving medium of digital video, showing in major exhibitions such as Yokohama Triennale (2005), Busan Biennale (2006), Venice Biennale (2007), Sydney Biennale (2008) and in 2009, less than a decade following his first solo public gallery exhibition, representing Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale.


Stephanie Pahnis (she/her)

Stephanie Pahnis is an architectural designer, educator and researcher practicing in Naarm/Melbourne. Her current research focus is embedded in the cultural meaning, histories and life cycles of materials embedded in our built environment as a means of an ecologically attuned architectural practice. Since co-founding Caliper Journal, the ongoing publishing, editing, exhibitions and events affiliated to the architectural publication has assisted Pahnis in broadening the application of architectural ideas across various scales and mediums.


Steven Rendall (he/him)

Steven Rendall’s work is littered with references to technology, art history, horror movies and pop music. Materials, images and meanings are scavenged and rearranged in various ways. Rendall was born in the UK in 1969. He moved to Melbourne in 2000 where he currently lives and works. Steven Rendall is a lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) at DeMontfort University in Leicester, undertook post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2015. Rendall has staged numerous exhibitions in Australia and the UK. His work is in various collections including The National Gallery of Victoria, The Monash University Collection, Artbank, RMIT University Art Collection, The City of Melbourne, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and St. Helier Hospital, London.


Su Baker (she/her)

Su Baker has held solo exhibitions since 1983 in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. Her painting has been included in significant group exhibitions including Perspecta '89 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1989), Dissonance: Aspects of Feminism at Artspace, Sydney (1993) and Heavenly Creatures at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2004-5). Baker was awarded the Portia Geach Prize in 1996. Her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank and several regional and tertiary collections. Sustained Sensation a monograph of her work was published in 2016. Su Baker is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne and Professor in Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for significant service to tertiary education in the visual and creative arts.


Suzanne Archer (she/her)

Suzanne Archer was born in Surrey, UK and studied at the Sutton School of Art (1964). She arrived in Australia in 1965 and is based in the Wedderburn region of New South Wales. Archer has exhibited regularly since the late 1960s and is a recipient of the Wynne Prize (1994), the Dobell Prize (2010), the Kedumba Drawing Prize (2010) and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2018). She has undertaken residencies at Greene Street Studio, New York; Power Studio at Cite Internationale, Paris and Red Gate Residency, Beijing. Career surveys have been held at the Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney (2016) and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown (2019). Archer’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank as well as significant regional, tertiary and private institutions. A monograph ‘Song of the Cicada’ was published by Nicholas Thompson Gallery in 2019.

The Huxleys

Will and Garrett Huxley are Melbourne-based collaborative performance and visual artists. Who work together as The Huxleys.The Huxleys are a dynamic duo of cataclysmic proportion who present camp commentary and spectacle across the visual art, performance and entertainment sectors. Their photography and performance art traverses the classifications of costume, film and recording. A visual assault of sparkle, surrealism and the absurd, The Huxleys saturate their practice and projects with a glamorous, androgynous freedom which sets out to bring some escapism and magic to everyday life. 

Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf (she/her)

Established in 2005, Sullivan+Strumpf presents the work of emerging and established artists working at the forefront of contemporary art. The gallery is devoted to the presentation and promotion of its represented artists and is committed to the development of their practice. Sullivan+Strumpf represents 44 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers.


Zamara Zamara (They/them/her)

Zamara is a sculpturally and performatively grounded installation artist, a writer, facilitator, and arts worker. Their practice engages with the formation of, and resistance in, identity. Looking to how non-traditional modes of communication and composition can be located to highlight the un-liveability of social structures and to preserve space for disruption within the mundane. Recently their focus has been an evolving series of projects toying with how re-appropriation can create space for difference and for subversive forms of use/strength, pursuing the fabrication of new queered iconography and propaganda, through which histories may be located and alternate futures may be performed.