DR MARNIE BADHAM - chair
Marnie has a long history of art and social justice practice in both Canada and Australia. Her interests include socially-engaged art, participatory advocacy research methodologies, and the politics of cultural measurement. Marnie has recently been appointed as the Vice Chancellor's Post Doctoral Research Fellow and Deputy Director of CAST Centre of Art, Society and Transformation at the School of Art, RMIT University. She is a Lecturer in the Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT and previously convened the Master of Arts and Community Practice at University of Melbourne.
Marnie has received awards from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (2015) and an Early Career Researcher Award (2016) for her work on ‘the social turn in artist residencies’. Her co-edited book, Making Culture Count: the politics of cultural measurement (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) extended her research on democratised forms of cultural planning and arts evaluation. She maintains an active art-research practice through participating in residencies, curating exhibitions, and collaborating on community-based projects.
Hannah is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011), as well as NEW 11, ACCA and Primavera 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Hannah has a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne (2002).
Erin is a Perth-based curator, creative producer and artist. She is Special Projects Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre, where her curatorial projects include: Bush Women: 25 Years On (2018); In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country (2017), which will tour venues nationally from 2018 onwards and We don’t need a map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert, (2012), which toured nationally. Coates also has experience as a creative producer and in 2012 produced the award-winning animated artwork Cannibal Story with artist-directors Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes. Her creative practice is defined by a cross-disciplinary approach and she often collaborates with specialists from other fields, including engineers, architects, composers and special interest communities. Her work spans video, installation and drawing and was included in the major survey exhibition The National: New Australian Art, held across the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in 2017. Erin is the recipient of several awards and commissions, including the Catalyst: Katherine Hannah Visual Arts Commission in 2014, which resulted in the solo exhibition Kinesphere at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the publishing of an artist monograph.
Kelda is an artist and arts worker. Her unique career trajectory has moved from landscape architecture to social practice while working within notable art institutions.
She has a particular interest in education and marketing in not-for-profit art organisations and has worked in notable London spaces including Matt's Gallery, Chisenhale and Pump House galleries.
As an artist she specialises in site-specific projects with a social focus. Her work has been supported by organisations that include Arts Council England, Arcus Japan, Khoj International Artists’ Association India, Delfina Foundation London, Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne, NAVA Australia and California College of the Arts.
Her interest in site-specific and community art was sparked by an early career as a landscape architect. She specialised in arts based consultation, working with communities to develop designs for the spaces they use. Her most recent project, a school campus on the London Olympic site won a Civic Trust Award, which recognises the very best of the UK’s architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.
MARCO MARCON | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + CO-FOUNDER
Dr. Marco Marcon was born in Italy and migrated to Australia in 1985. He was awarded degrees by the University of Rome, Murdoch University and a PhD by the University of New South Wales. In Italy Marcon co-founded Murales, one of Rome’s leading contemporary jazz venues, and worked as a writer-producer of cultural programs for the Italian Broadcasting Corporation (RAI). In Australia Marcon edited Praxis M, the now defunct Western Australian journal of contemporary art, and taught at several universities. In 1998 Marcon co-founded the International Art Space (formerly known as IASKA), an organisation which he has been managing ever since. In 2009 he created spaced, an international event of socially engaged art involving the participation of regional and rural communities throughout Western Australia. Marcon has also curated several large exhibitions, given papers at national and international conferences and published over 110 essays and articles in journals, books and catalogues. He has recently completed a manuscript analysing the relationship between the ideas of aesthetics and community in contemporary art which is due for publication in late 2014. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
SOULA VEYRADIER | PROGRAM MANAGER
Soula is a cultural producer, curator and arts manager having worked on projects across the visual arts and museum areas in Australia and overseas. She is the Program Manager for International Art Space and works on curatorial projects for the Law Society of Western Australia. Previous roles include Manager of the Perth site of the Western Australian Museum, Curator of the Heathcote Museum and Gallery and Wireless Hill Museum, Project coordinator National Geographic in Greece and Coordinator Pulsart Artists collective in France..
Soula was Co - Convenor for the Day of Ideas symposium with the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the WA Museum, 2012 and Co - Convenor for the Museums Australia National Conference, 2011. She is a 2018 recipient of the Gordon Darling Foundation Museum Leadership Program scholarship, the Ilford Book Major Photography Prize,1996, and the Channel 9 Media Prize, 1989.
With studies in Art History, Photography, Media and Museum Studies she is interested in the interface between an artwork and its public, and the way it can shift how we see ourselves within the context of space, whether in physical, cultural, political and social terms.
KATHERINE WILKINSON | CURATOR, KNOW THY NEIGHBOUR
Katherine Wilkinson is a Perth-based arts manager and curator, with an interest in socially-engaged, participatory and site-responsive art practices. She currently holds the positions of Curator & Project Manager at DADAA Fremantle, Creative Producer for Perth Festival's project Five Short Blasts, and is the incoming Program Director for the Fremantle Biennale. Previously she has worked on independent and collaborative projects, and held positions with institutions including; Artsource, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Perth Public Art Foundation, the City of Melville, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Venice Biennale. Katherine holds a BA, Fine Arts Honours from the University of Western Australia (2010).