Curator, Writer, Artist and Activist
Djon Mundine is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales and a distinguished pioneer Indigenous curator. A foremost figure in the Australian art world, he is an activist, writer, critic, and commentator. He is well known as the concept curator for the Aboriginal Memorial (1988) installation permanently on display in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Mundine was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia, Medal for services to the visual arts) in 1993 and was Research Professor at Minpaku Museum of Ethnology in Osaka between 2005-2006. He was Senior Curator for the Gallery of Aboriginal Australia, National Museum of Australia, Canberra until 2000, after his position as Senior Curator of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Djon's Bungaree's Farm projection exhibition won the Museum Australia's National Exhibition Award in 2015. At the Cementa Festival he worked with descendants of Jimmy and Peggy Lambert in painting a memorial mural on the external wall of Kandos Museum. Djon installed mixed media as part of the Another Country exhibition at Auburn's Peacock Gallery and I Was Born by a River with photographers Joe Mallard, Peter McKenzie, and painter Michael Philps, at the Rocks Discovery Museum.
His recent exhibition Sixth Sense brought together Archie Moore, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Skye Raabe, Silvana and Gabriella Mangano, Nicole Foreshew, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Nasim Nasr, Emily Kngwarreye and Willurai Kirkbright, exploring the human senses and their readings at the National Art School. Djon contributed an essay, In Praise of Shadows and Otherness, for Tracey Moffatt's 2016 Venice Biennale catalogue. Mundine continues to relentlessly curate and write on Aboriginal art and is currently a PhD candidate at University of NSW.
Gallerist and arts benefactor
Roslyn Oxley is the Director of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. She has been a leading dealer in contemporary art in Sydney since 1982. She has driven the Gallery's commitment to promoting cutting-edge contemporary art, winning critical and commercial recognition for the Gallery's artists both in Australia and overseas. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery artists have gone on to be some of the very best practitioners in Australian contemporary art, such as Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson, David Noonan, Patricia Piccinini, Dale Frank, Fiona Hall, Destiny Deacon, James Angus, Newell Harry, and TV Moore.
For over two decades Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has been maintaining a presence at selective international art fairs such as Art Cologne, Hong Kong Art Fair, Art Basel, The Armory Show and Frieze New York.
As well as being a significant art dealer, Roslyn Oxley has been a board member of a number of high profile arts organisations such as the Melbourne Art Fair and has also been invited to participate on Advisory Committees established by the Australia Council for the Arts and Austrade regarding export strategies for Australian contemporary art.
Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong
Alexie Glass-Kantor is Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, a kunsthalle space committed to supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, exhibitions, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators through the provision of a dedicated studio program.
Since 2000 she has curated or co-curated over 100 exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals, collaborating with international artists across generations to develop projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Prior to her appointment to Artspace she was Director–Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, and Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne. She is currently Curator of the Encounters installation sector for Art Basel | Hong Kong 2015—2018.
Ambassador for the visual arts
Wendy Whiteley OAM is best known as the "goddess muse" and wife of the artist Brett Whiteley, and as the mother of their daughter, the actress Arkie Whiteley (1964-2001). She has become a notable cultural figure, particularly since her ex-husband's death in 1992. She posed for Brett many times and his work was strongly influenced by her opinions. Although they divorced three years before he died, she has control of Brett Whiteley's estate including the copyright to his works, and she honoured his memory in the establishment of the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney, which is now owned and managed as an art museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Wendy is also known for the restoration and landscaping of derelict railway land in Sydney's Lavender Bay which she turned into a "magic garden", and where Brett and Arkie Whiteley's ashes were scattered.
Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery
Rhonda Davis has curated numerous major exhibitions including Central Street Live, Berowra Visions: Margaret Preston & Beyond, Virtual Encounters: Paula Dawson Holograms, A Man for All Seasons: Rollin Schlicht Retrospective and co-curator of Sixties Explosion. More recently, Rhonda was co-curator and project manager for the exhibition Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 Objects, winner of the 2014 Museums and Galleries National Award. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the social history and impact of the Central Street Gallery 1966-1970, including the production of several exhibitions that centre on this period.
CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia
Barry Keldoulis has had more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Barry started his career in New York where he worked as the Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Honorable Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first Curator of 20th Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After 15 years in America and Europe, Barry returned to Australia where he worked at Djamu, a branch of the Australian Museum, dedicated to exhibiting their Indigenous collections alongside contemporary Indigenous art. Barry then entered the commercial world as a Senior Manager, Collections Development for Sherman Galleries.
In 2003, he opened his own gallery to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. Artists from his stable are represented in all the state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, and now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the world. In 2013 Barry was appointed the CEO and Director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia's international art fair. Barry is also the Chairman of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
Director of the Art Gallery of NSW
Dr Michael Brand serves as the ninth Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. An international art scholar and cultural leader, Michael's commitment to the arts is evident in his significant contribution to Australian and international art and in his work that spans art museums and academia as well as the government, philanthropic and community sectors.
As the Gallery approaches its 150th anniversary in 2021, Michael's vision for the institution is to enhance its cultural, social and economic vibrancy while advancing its national and international reputation as an innovative art museum that welcomes and engages diverse local and global audiences.
Creating a new narrative for the Gallery is the Sydney Modern Project, a bold vision lead by Michael and the Gallery's team of creative thinkers to deliver inspiring new cultural infrastructure for the pursuit of artistic expression and appreciation in New South Wales, informed by both Sydney's natural beauty and its multicultural community.
Prior to his Art Gallery of New South Wales appointment Michael was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto while it was under construction. Before this he worked as director of the world-renowned J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2005–2010.
Arts Patron and Director of Harry Seidler & Associates
Penelope Seidler combines the aesthetic and practical skills of an architect with financial skills of an accountant. Her particular interests are international and Australian contemporary and ethnographic art, which she collects.
She is directly responsible for commissioning artists for projects of Harry Seidler & Associates and has an intense concern for both the built and natural environments. She has travelled widely as a Director of Harry Seidler & Associates and has a broad working knowledge of international arts organisations through her long association with the Museum of Modern Art, New York and more recently in Europe through the MAK in Vienna.
International Curatorial Advisor
Since arriving in Australia in 1996, Barbara has drawn on an extensive network of contacts to assist Australia-based artists to enlarge the audience for their art.
Since 2008 Barbara has worked with artists, architects and the Australian property development sector to realise works of public art for new office tower developments in the Sydney central city at 1 Bligh Street, 8 Chifley Square, and 161 Castlereagh Street. She is art advisor to Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House for Central Park and to AMP Capital for Quay Quarter Sydney.
Barbara acts as Curatorial Advisor to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Lend Lease for Barangaroo. As Curatorial Advisor to the City of Sydney for the City Centre (2013-16), she has analysed the role art can play and identified artists to be part of the transformation of Sydney as George Street is progressively pedestrianised and light rail is implemented.
Director of Carriageworks
Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks, Sydney. Carriageworks produces and presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The Centre’s program is artist led and emerges from its commitment to reflect social and cultural diversity.
From 2005 - 2011 Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Under her directorship Campbelltown Arts Centre pioneered a multidisciplinary contemporary arts program, bringing together artists and communities across disciplines to examine ideas through the processes of producing contemporary art. Lisa was previously Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1998–2004).
Lisa specialises in the intersection between contemporary art and community engagement. She has developed and managed a range of national and international exchange, exhibition and residency programs. Curatorial projects include Anita & Beyond (2003), For Matthew & Others: Journeys with Schizophrenia (2006), What I think About When I think about Dancing (2009) and Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12), a three-year project produced for Sydney Festival that commissions artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new work in partnership with suburban communities.
She has lectured in Management and Organisation (Master of Fine Arts) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Previously she has been the Chair of Arts NSW’s Western Sydney Program which was responsible for the implementation of the State Government strategy to deliver arts and cultural infrastructure across Western Sydney. In 2010 Lisa was named as one the top 100 influential people in Sydney for her work at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia
Justin Miller is one of the world’s most trusted art advisors. With over twenty five years experience in the fine art industry, Justin has been instrumental in the sale of many of the twenty-first century’s most iconic artworks.
Justin Miller was the Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia from 1999 to 2010. His company, Justin Miller Art, advises clients in Australia and worldwide on the purchase and sale of the finest paintings, sculpture and works of art. He has previously judged the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Justin is currently an active patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deputy Chairman and Foundation Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company, a member of the board of Governors of the Taronga Zoo and an Ambassador of the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art. Justin holds an Honours degree in Fine Arts and Anthropology from the University of Sydney Australia.
Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW
Gretel Packer has been involved in philanthropic endeavours since 2000 when she was appointed as one of the Founding Governors of the Taronga Zoo Foundation, a position that she still holds. Her other current positions include Chairperson of the Advisory Board to the Crown Resorts Foundation; Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation; Founding Patron of the Taronga Zoo Conservation Science Initiative; and most recently her appointment to the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees. Gretel has held previous positions as a Director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, and been a Council Member of the Royal Botanical Gardens Foundation. Gretel has a long term commitment to supporting a broad range of community activities and charities aligned to the arts, education, and environmental science.
Director of the Art Gallery of SA
Nick Mitzevich holds a degree in Fine Art and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Fine Art from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. Nick commenced in his position of Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, in 2010. He intends to build on the outstanding legacy of the Gallery's past directors by bringing the energy, ideas and inspiration necessary to lead the Art Gallery of South Australia into its next exciting phase.
Previously, Nick was Director of The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. His strategic direction resulted in major innovative change for the art museum enhancing the museum's national profile, providing significant increases in visitor numbers, growth of the art collection particularly in the area of Aboriginal art and the development of philanthropic support. He was recognised for his outstanding achievements by receiving the Museum and Gallery Services Queensland 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Nick was also Director of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, a position he held for six years. In this role his initiatives included a transformation of the gallery in the areas of community engagement, support groups, programming, sponsorship and collection development, particularly in the area of contemporary Australian art. Other achievements included a broad refurbishment of the gallery and master planning for a major redevelopment plan for the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.
With over 15 years of experience managing and directing public galleries, Nick has gained extensive knowledge and understanding of contemporary art gallery practices and its current trends. He has curated notable international and national exhibitions including AES+F The Revolution starts now! (2010), Margaret Olley: Life's journey (2009), Strange Cargo: contemporary art as a state of encounter (2006) and Auto Fetish: the mechanics of desire (2004).
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
Professor Ian Howard was the Dean of the College of Fine Arts (COFA) for 15 years at the University of New South Wales. His training nationally and internationally in art, art education and film and television production, has provided strong foundations for a career that encompasses artistic, academic and administrative leadership roles in the area of experimental media production.
The subject matter of his research is concerned with the relationship between military and civilian populations. This aesthetic shifts between the unlikely quadrants of conceptual art, archaeology, popular culture and agit-prop, resulting in an output that includes gallery exhibited images, objects and videos, major international site projects/performances and broadcast media productions.
The ambition of Ian's research is to provide a framework which enables the open and expressive interpretation of pertinent subject matter resulting in a convincing narrative about issues of social significance. Digital cinema and the reformulation of narrative through the integration of interactivity is the vehicle through which this ambition is achieved.
Biography from UNSW Research and photo from COFA
Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the Transfield Foundation
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis was made a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division on Australia Day 2007, for service to the construction industry and to the arts in executive and philanthropic roles.
Guido is also a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chairman of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Director of the Transfield Foundation. Since establishing the Sydney Biennale in 1973, the Foundation also supports arts projects and organisations that nurture community initiatives, such as AIME – Australian indigenous mentoring experience.
Assistant Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Masters in Art History and Theory, Natalie Wilson continued as researcher for many essay publications and catalogues for the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
She was awarded the Art Gallery Society of NSW Staff Development Scholarship in 2011 and travelled to New Guinea where she attended the annual Goroka Cultural Festival. She also was awarded the Staff Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris which she intends to take up in January 2013. Natalie brings to the judging panel a wide knowledge of Australian art.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW
Janice Reid is a recipient of the Wellcome Medal and Centenary Medal and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. As well as being a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, she is a member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee and a regular judge of the UWS Sculpture Prize.
Janice's long association with education and welfare related institutions, as well as her interest in the arts, brings an abundant appreciation of all areas of artistic expression.
Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Dr Sherman is Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), a Sherman family philanthropic enterprise dedicated to the public exhibition of significant contemporary art from Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. She assumed this role following 21 years as Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries (1986-2007).
She is also a major philanthropist who supports aspiring and professional artists through a range of scholarships, donations and initiatives.
Chair of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
Professor Snell was appointed Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. He has curated many exhibitions and has published several books and catalogues.
A practising visual artist since 1968, Ted's work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, and in group exhibitions throughout Australia. He is an art reviewer for The Australian.
Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects
John Kaldor is known as a committed supporter and patron of international contemporary art in Australia. He is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and formerly the International Council of the Tate Modern in London. John is also a former trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and PS-1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York.
Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Glenn Barkley is Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney and was previously curator of the University of Wollongong Art collection from 1996 - 2007. Major curatorial projects have included Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO (2009), Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, MCA (2009), avoiding myth & message: Australian artist and the literary world, MCA (2009), Home Sweet Home - Works from the Peter Fay Collection, NGA (co-curated with Dr Deborah Hart) (2003/2004), Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collection of the MCA and the University of Wollongong, MCA (2006 and touring), Without Borders: Outsider Art in an Antipodean Context (co-curated with Peter Fay), Monash University Museum of Art and Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney (2008).
Curator at University of Western Sydney
Monica McMahon has been the UWS Art Curator at the University of Western Sydney since 2002 and during this period she has established three galleries on its campuses. She is the artistic director for all exhibition programs in the following UWS galleries: Female Orphan School Gallery (Parramatta Campus), Margot Hardy Gallery (Bankstown Campus) and the UWS Art Gallery (Werrington North, Penrith Campus) which are recognized public galleries.
Monica is the artistic director of the UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition (biannual outdoor exhibition held at the Campbelltown campus), which was established in 2004. She is also the curator of the University's permanent art collection, responsible for the promotion, development, research and management of the collection which is distributed throughout the University's six campuses across western Sydney.
Monica has a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Art History, Literature and Communications, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Information Science and a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage.
Director of Artbank
Founder of The Balnaves Foundation
Trustee of The Balnaves Foundation
Director of Art Gallery of NSW
Senior Curator of Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW
Curator of Art at Australian War Memorial and Curator (temporary) at Old Parliament House
Director Curatorial and Head Curator International at Art Gallery of NSW
Curator at Ivan Doherty Gallery, NSW College of Fine Arts
Chair of Fine Art at School of Fine Art, Drama and Music, University of Newcastle
Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
Sherman Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Art, Sydney University
Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW
Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Gallerist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington
Curator of Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW
Art Critic, The Australian