ERIN COATES - acting chair

Erin is a Perth-based curator, creative producer and artist. In her curatorial roles she has undertaken both institutional and independent projects, including staging a number of exhibitions outside of conventional gallery spaces. Erin is Special Projects Coordinator at Fremantle Arts Centre, where she co-curated We don’t need a map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert, in 2012, which went on to tour nationally from 2014 to 2016. Other curatorial projects include; Light Geist at Fremantle Arts Centre in 2016; The Cars That Ate Perth, Spectrum Project Space, 2013; and Rumblestrip, a night-one exhibition in an abandoned car park in Perth in 2016. Erin’s creative practice is defined by a cross-disciplinary approach and she often collaborates with specialists from other fields, including engineers, architects, sound artists, scuba divers and parkour traceurs. 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.



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).




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. 





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.

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Soula has worked across visual arts and museum collections areas, managing projects and sites, developing exhibitions,  programs and collections for organisations in Australia and overseas.

She is interested in the interface between artwork and it’s public and the way it re-identifies how we see ourselves within the context of space, whether in physical, cultural, political and social terms. 




Katherine Wilkinson is a Perth-based arts worker, writer and curator. She graduated with a BA, Fine Arts Honours from the University of Western Australia in 2010 where she specialised in contemporary arts practices focused on public art and social practice. Wilkinson previously held the position of Program Manager at International Art Space (formerly IASKA), and has worked extensively as an arts coordinator on youth-based projects in both metropolitan and regional communities. Her previous curatorial projects include; an internship with the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); tour manager, spaced: art out of place (2012-14); curator of HERE&NOW13 in partnership with DADAA at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia (2013); Beyond the western edge, Regional Arts Australia Summit, Kalgoorlie (2014); and curatorial assistant for spaced 2: future recall, Western Australian Museum, Perth (2015). Most recently Wilkinson completed a position as Team Leader for the Australian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, through the Australia Council for the Arts (2015), and is currently curating Know Thy Neighbour, a new series of Perth-based public art projects, presented by International Art Space (2016).




Eric Sankey emigrated from Canada in 1971 and has since worked as a freelance bookkeeper/BAS agent to various arts companies and small businesses, and as a film production accountant. Eric is a former board member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and is a current board member for Art on the Move and Stages. Eric enjoys kayaking, cycling, films and cake!