Artform Advisory Boards
Create NSW Artform Advisory Boards members are leading arts and cultural practitioners including professional artists, producers, business managers and independent company leaders selected by Expression of Interest held annually. Chairs and representatives of the cultural institutions, government and major arts organisations may be appointed directly by the Minister.
The purpose of the Artform Advisory Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program, to provide recommendations and advise the Minister on strategic directions for the sector.
The following Chairs will lead a cross-sector of arts and cultural leaders in their respective artforms:
- Aboriginal Arts and Culture Board – Wesley Enoch AM
- Classical Music, Opera and Choral Board – Naseema Sparks AM
- Contemporary Music Board – John Oddy
- Dance and Physical Theatre Board – Karen Moses FAICD
- Festivals Board – Noel Staunton
- Literature Board – Jennifer Byrne
- Multi-arts Board – Professor Ross Harley
- Museums and History Board – Kim McKay AO
- Theatre and Musical Theatre Board – Christopher Puplick AM
- Visual Arts Board – Simon Mordant AM
- Local Government Authority Round Sub-Committee – Kim McKay AO
Find out more about each Board:
Chair: Wesley Enoch AM – Nunukul and Ngugi man. Former Artistic Director Sydney Festival. Playwright and Director of some of Australia’s most iconic Indigenous theatre productions. Previous roles include Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra (Brisbane), Ilibijerri (Melbourne), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir, a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House and a director of the Indigenous Section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Back to top
- Rachel (Rei) Cheetham – Rei is a Euahlayi woman from North West NSW. She is Professional Development Coordinator at the National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) and has previously worked at the Australia Council for the Arts.
- Jannali Jones – Business Affairs Executive at the ABC. She is an award winning author, scriptwriter, and winner of the 2021 First Nations Varuna Fellowship
- David Leha – Musician and singer, known professionally as Radical Son and respected community leader and music facilitator.
- Alison Murphy-Oates – Ngiyampaa Wailwan woman. Managing Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts with over a decade of arts management, producing, and policy experience.
- Rhoda Roberts AO – Creative Director, First Nations Program – Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA). Senior Creative Advisor, Welcome to Country. A Bundjalung woman from northern NSW, Rhoda is a producer, actor and director who works as a consultant, speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. Founder and former Artistic Director of the Festival of Dreaming and Former Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House.
- Nathan Sentance – Head of Collections, First Nations at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and former Digital Program Manager at the Australian Museum. Nathan works to ensure that First Nations stories being presented at cultural and memory institutions are being told and controlled by First Nations people.
- Jamie-Lea Trindall – Executive Director at Outback Arts with over a decade of experience working on Arts & Cultural strategy and projects in remote communities of far western NSW. Jamie-Lea is recognised as a successfully exhibiting Wiradjuri artist and freelance Curator.
- Alison Williams – Creative Director, Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Recognised as one of the leading contemporary Indigenous artists on the North Coast of NSW and has provided leadership as a spokesperson for the cultural heritage of Australian First Nations people .
Chair: Naseema Sparks AM – Chair and Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (Sydney Living Museums) as well as SLM Foundation Director. Former Managing Director of global advertising company M&C Saatchi with a wealth of philanthropic expertise. Served on a number of boards including ASX-listed, private equity companies, education and arts Boards, including Biennale of Sydney. Back to top
- Jan Bowen AM – Current Board member of the Australian Haydn Ensemble. Previously, Jan was the Chair of Sydney Youth Orchestras for 14 years. In her professional career she is the Principal of Plain English Communications and in a previous role managed the grants program of the Law Foundation of NSW.
- Rosemary Curtin – Violist at Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rosemary has played with many Australian and international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Australian World Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Current President of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Musicians Association.
- Caroline Downer OAM – Executive Director at Arts North West. Arts and Cultural leader, previous Gallery Director and Artistic Director of classical music festivals.
- Ryley Gillen – Manager, Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Illawarra On Pointe Productions. Strong classical music experience with Ensembles and Chamber Music and was Principal Trumpet, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and NSW Corrective Services Band.
- Casey Green – Classical Music Producer at the Sydney Opera House. Board member for Ensemble Apex and formerly Orchestra and Operations Manager, Sydney Youth Orchestras.
- Cressida Griffith – General Manager of the Pinchgut Opera. Cressida has also worked at the London Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera and Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne and started her career as a cellist.
- Hannah Mason – Director, Production & Events at the Sydney Opera House, formerly 50th Anniversary Project Lead. Prior roles include General Manager of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, management roles in web & digital marketing, talent management and theatre.
- Jack Symonds – Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera and established composer, conductor and accompanist. Jack continues to premiere new works, frequently conducting his own and others’ music.
- Simon Moore OAM – Presenter and producer at 2MBS Fine Music Sydney. Formerly Director and Chair, Music Broadcasting Society of NSW.
Chair: John Oddy – Legal Counsel at Australian Recording Industry Association, ARIA. John has experience in Dispute Resolution and Litigation with Marque Lawyers and as a volunteer at Arts Law Centre, Australia and Redfern Legal Centre. Back to top
- Geoff Bell – Owner of Laing Entertainment. Geoff is an entertainment agent, promoter, producer & programmer of contemporary and country music festivals and tours across Australia and Internationally.
- Nikki Brogan –Program Producer (Strategic Projects) at Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, former Managing Director of FBi Radio with prior roles in programming and partnerships at the station. Previous experience in publishing at Pedestrian Group.
- Zoe Hauptmann – Freelance Bassist and Artistic Director for The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and formerly the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
- Liz Martin – Arts Development & Training Manager at Accessible Arts. Liz is an independent Sydney musician and advocate with over 20 years’ experience working within the arts and disability sector, including facilitation of inclusive music making spaces as Associate Producer of Hack Sounds, and Lead Producer of SNDCLSH. She is also Deputy Chair of Arts Access Australia.
- Maria Mitar – Co-founder of the Cultural Arts Collective (CAC) and vocalist/songwriter, producing cross-cultural music and events with artists and communities from Western and Greater Sydney. She has worked in sector development with local government, artists, industry and arts organisations as the Performance Curator at Blacktown Arts, and as an independent producer, recently launching the Women of the West Music Festivals.
- Philip Mortlock – Long-time Creative Director at ORiGiN Music with a wealth of experience in the contemporary music arena. Previous industry involvement includes Head of Repertoire, Albert Music and Managing Director Warner Music Australia.
- Emily Nicol – Executive Producer at Radio at Media Heads. Emily is also a Radio Producer, Arts Journalist and Music Curator.
- Jane Slingo – Director of Electronic Music Conference and Artist Manager at Young Strangers, Label Manager, Middle Name Records and Board Member of MusicNSW and the Association of Artist Managers.
- John Wardle – Live Music Consultant at APRA AMCOS for the Live Music Office with experience in reviewing the impact of policy frameworks on the Australian live music sector and strategic sector development, as well as continuing engagement in music education and live performance.
Chair: Karen Moses FAICD – Former Chair of Sydney Dance Company with directorships of Charter Hall, Orica, Boral and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Karen has over 10 years’ experience as a listed Company Director, over 20 years’ as a Company Director and over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry spanning oil, gas, electricity and coal commodities and upstream production, supply and retail. Back to top
- Olivia Ansell – Festival Director 2022-2024 of the Sydney Festival, with previous roles as Head of Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House, co-executive producer of immersive experience Hidden Sydney and Executive Producer of Shaun Parker & Company, which toured to Sadler’s Wells in the UK and to Europe.
- Alice Cadwell – General Manager/Creative Producer at Spaghetti Circus and Festival Director for the National Circus Festival. Alice has over 20 years’ experience as a Production/Stage Manager and Creative Producer for circus arts companies including: Circus Oz 12 years’ experience, Circus Monoxide and international festivals.
- Zebastian Hunter – Artistic Director at Precarious Inc. T/as Circus Monoxide and former Head of Performance Coordinator at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). Zebastian has had an extensive performing career in contemporary circus companies including Cirque Du Soleil and Flying Fruit Fly Circus and as performance director and choreographer.
- Colm O’Callaghan – Colm is an arts executive and producer with fifteen years of experience within world-class organisations in Australia and Ireland, including Force Majeure, Sydney Theatre Company, Druid Theatre and Landmark Productions. Colm currently sits on the New South Wales government’s Dance & Physical Theatre Board.
- Carl Sciberras – Independent choreographer, performer, teacher and producer from Western Sydney. Co-Director, Founder and General Manager of Dance Makers Collective, proud member of the Western Sydney Arts Alliance. Advisory Board Member of Riverside Theatres, Parramatta and Creative Industries Specialist Business Advisor, Creative Plus Business.
- Bethwyn Serow – Strategist for the Performing Arts and Board Director of Shopfront Theatre. Bethwyn is former Executive Director of Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) and prior to that she was Production Executive and Senior Policy Manager for the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA).
- Jasmin Sheppard – Contemporary dancer and choreographer. Jasmin has experience as a teacher at NAISDA Dance College and contemporary dance choreographer at Bangarra Dance Theatre and Artist in Residence at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
- Caroline Spence – Chief Commercial Officer and former Director Education and Outreach at Sydney Dance Company. Caroline has experience in contributing to the growth and financial sustainability of not-for profit performing arts organisations including management roles at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney Opera House, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).
- Kim Walker – Chief Executive Officer of NAISDA Dance College, with two years’ experience on the board of Ausdance NSW. Freelance director and choreographer, with previous roles as principal dancer, Sydney Dance Company and choreographer for the MPACs and long-term Artistic Director, Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
Chair: Noel Staunton – NIDA Chairman and Executive Producer at the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, with experience as a freelance creative director and producer specialising in large-scale productions and special events. Prior roles include Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, Opera Technical Director at English National Opera and Technical Director at Opera Australia. He has toured productions extensively throughout Europe and the United States, produced the first Australian Ring Cycle in Adelaide and was previously the CEO of Sydney Dance Company. Back to top
- Mary Jo Capps AM – Leadership Consultant, Mentor, Arts Recruitment. Mary Jo is also Chair of Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), Chair of Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Australian Arts and Digital Events; Non-Executive Director, Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Recently vacated roles as Chair Australian Major Performing Arts Group; Chair, Advisory Board, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne; and former CEO Musica Viva Australia.
- Adam Deusien – Artistic Director at Lingua Franca, Bathurst, with interdisciplinary physical theatre experience of more than 12 years. Former Artistic Associate with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Artistic Director of the Artstate – Bathurst Arts Program. Adam was 2016 recipient of a Create NSW Regional Arts Fellowship.
- Kerri Glasscock – Director and CEO, Sydney Fringe Festival and co-chair City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel. Previously founder and Director of the Old 505 Theatre in Surry Hills and curator for the small to medium independent theatres and live music venues.
- Bill Harris – Head of Programs and Site Activation at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Bill has held production and producer roles at Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Global Creatures, Sydney Festival, NIDA, Adelaide Festival and the Olympic and Paralympic Arts Festivals. He is former Chair of Performing Lines and Urban Theatre Projects.
- Nicholas Pickard – Executive Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Events for APRA AMCOS, Chair of the Australian Society of Authors and board member of Regional Arts NSW and Music Australia. A former arts journalist, theatre critic and cultural policy adviser, Nicholas has fifteen years’ experience working across the arts and culture sector.
- Dan Potra – Production Designer at HLA Management. Dan has worked as a set and costume designer for opera, theatre, festivals and events, dance and film. Dan has three Helpmann Awards for his design work in opera and theatre.
- Chris Tooher – Long-term Executive Director of Sydney Festival and former General Manager, Bell Shakespeare Company. Previous roles include production and programming at Sydney Opera House and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
- Julie Turpie – General Manager, Events at Destination NSW. Julie has a strong background in events and festivals including Rugby World Cup, Australian Fashion Week, World Theatre Festival and exhibitions at Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA. Previous roles include Director Commercial and Marketing Services at Sydney Living Museums and Director Major Events & City Marketing at Brisbane Marketing.
- Lissa Twomey – Executive Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre. Previously: Executive Director, Major Performing Arts and National Engagement for the Australia Council for the Arts, Artistic Director of New Zealand International Arts Festival (NZIAF) and former Artistic Director of the inaugural Wellington Jazz Festival, Associate Director Head of Programming at Sydney Festival.
Chair: Jennifer Byrne – Acclaimed journalist, television presenter and former book publisher. Former host of the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s (ABC) long running program First Tuesday Book Club. National Arts School Board Member and long-time ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Program. Back to top
- Felicity Castagna – Holds multiple positions as both a writer, community arts worker and academic, with published works produced for ABC Radio National and ABC television and her work and winner of the Prime Minister’s Literature Award (YA) in 2013 for The Incredible Here and Now.
- Ian David – Freelance screenwriter for Film Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Southern Star Group, HBO, Nine Network, Kennedy-Miller, TaylorMedia, Essential Viewing, Fremantle Media, TV1, PlayMaker and Cordell Jigsaw Productions. Previously President of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
- Johanna Featherstone – Poet and Red Room Poetry founder, recent/former research associate with The University of Western Sydney and an honorary associate of The University of Sydney’s School of Letters Arts and Media. A founding writer of the Chaser newspaper and is a poetry writing teacher in schools and correctional centres. Chair of Oranges & Sardines Foundation and board director with Belvoir Theatre and the Biennale of Sydney.
- Fiona Kelly McGregor – Dr McGregor is an author and performance artist. She is an award-winning novelist and essayist who has published ten books. She is currently writer-in-residence at Carriageworks.
- Rosemarie Milsom – Founding Director of the Newcastle Writers Festival and Chair of Hunter Creative Alliance. She has been an award-winning print journalist, and broadcaster with the ABC.
- Peter Polites – A writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. Peter writes and performs at a number of events, including Urban Theatre Projects. His first novel Down the Hume was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2017. His second novel is The Pillars.
- Richard Walsh – He has written for both television and the stage and he is the author of nine books. Richard has been Managing Director of Angus & Robertson Publishers, Chief Executive of Australian Consolidated Press and is currently a commissioning publisher at Allen & Unwin. Richard was co-editor of OZ magazine in the 1960s and editor of Nation Review in the 1970s.
- Michael Williams – Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. A writer, editor and broadcaster, he was co-founder and Director of Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Michael is host of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club.
Chair: Professor Ross Harley – Emeritus Professor and former Dean of UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Ross is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney, and at the Sydney Opera House. Back to top
- Dr Kylie Boltin – Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries at SBS Australia where she commissions interactive documentaries for SBS OnDemand and is part of the NITV commissioning team. Dr Boltin is a Walkley award winning journalist/producer and recipient of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary award for screenwriting. Her projects have exhibited widely, including SXSW, Idfa DocLab, Sheffield DocFest and Future of Storytelling (NYC).
- Rebecca Bushby – Director Audience & Creative Production at Sydney Living Museums. Rebecca has previously worked in leadership roles responsible for exhibitions, production, collection management and content creation at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Australian War Memorial.
- David Francis – CEO at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music (Wollcon) and former Executive Director, Four Winds Concerts, which encompassed the Easter Festival. Other managerial and directorial experience includes Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Arts Council England.
- Dr Blair French – CEO at Carriageworks. Blair has previously held leadership roles at a range of key NSW organisations including the Australian Centre for Photography, Performance Space, Artspace and most recently MCA Australia. He was also President of Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia from 2006 until 2009.
- Andrew Gray – Executive Director at South East Arts. Andrew has extensive experience in the creative and cultural industries, including public programs at the National Film and Sound Archive, Museum of Australian Democracy and the Australian War Memorial.
- Georgia Mokak – Georgia is a proud Djugun woman from Broome. She is the First Nations Research and Engagement Coordinator at National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and First Peoples Programs Coordinator at the National Art School (NAS) She is also a freelance producer, lecturer and writer.
- John Waight – Head of First Peoples Programs at the National Art School and former Artists in the Black Coordinator at Arts Law Centre of Australia. John is from the Mangarayi people whose country is just outside Katherine. He is a curator and has previously curated the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
- Alex Wisser – Contemporary artist and creative producer. Alex is co-founder of Cementa Contemporary Art Festival in Kandos. He is also a founding member of the artist collective Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
- Mouna Zaylah – Business and Engagement Manager at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Previously Artistic and Cultural Programs Manager at Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), Parramatta. Additionally, held administration roles at Casula Powerhouse and co-directed the nationally recognised Arab Film Festival.
Chair: Kim McKay AO – Director and CEO of the Australian Museum. Kim is the co-founder of Clean Up Australia and the Clean Up The World campaign. Kim co-created The Genographic Project for National Geographic which traces humankind’s genetic history and is the co-author of five books. Back to top
- Brett Adlington – CEO of Museums & Galleries of NSW. Formerly Director of Lismore Regional Gallery with previous roles at Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
- Julie Baird – Director of Newcastle Museum with past roles as Senior Curator at the National Motor Museum SA and curatorial roles in Canada. Current Vice President of Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Council, MGNSW Peer and Board member of Centre for 21st Century Humanities UoN.
- Martyn Killion – Director Collections Access & Engagement, NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA). Vice-Patron and former President of the Society of Australian Genealogists and Patron of the Richmond-Tweed Family History Society.
- Dr Brian Lindsay – Chair of the Board of the NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA). He is a professional researcher and author.
- Tristan Sharp – Director at Kingfisher and Co Consultancy. Tristan has held leadership roles at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Newcastle Art Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, as well as AMP Capital and Westpac.
- Madeleine Scully – Community Services Manager, Wagga Wagga City Council, with previous roles as Regional Museum Officer and Museum Manager at the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga.
- Christine Yeats – President at the Royal Australian Historical Society and former Treasurer, Australian Society of Archivists. Held roles as NSW State Liaison Officer and Chair of the Assessment Sub-committee UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee and has expertise in archival research, archives management, record management and historical research.
Chair: Chris Puplick AM – Chair at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), who has been a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, a member of the Board of NIDA, and has been the Chair of the Griffin Theatre Company and inaugural Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive. Back to top
- David Berthold – Director in Residence at NIDA. David has over 20 years’ experience as an Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, World Interplay Festival, Griffin Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People.
- Linden Duke – Cultural Events Officer at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Linden was formerly General Manager at Auckland Theatre Company.
- Larry Galbraith – Currently at the City of Sydney Council where his work relates to the arts, culture, creative Sydney and the night-time economy. Larry has a long-term involvement in community theatre and arts journalism.
- Sarah Gilchrist – Sarah has held leadership roles at Belvoir St Theatre as Head of Development, Sydney Writers’ Festival and The Australian Youth Orchestra. Previously she was Chief Executive Officer of Pinchgut Opera and a Non-Executive Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
- Suzanne Jones – CEO/Producer at Jones Theatrical Group (JTG) , Executive Producer at Cross Roads Live, Non- Executive Director with The Pinnacle Foundation and Erth Physical & Visual Inc. Suzanne works both Nationally and Internationally as a Producer across live entertainment.
- Joanne Kee – Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, with expertise in creating, commissioning, presenting and touring professional work from Western Sydney.
- Gus Murray – An actor, producer and founder of Sugary Rum Productions. Gus has worked extensively across film, television and theatre including screen.
- Sarah Parsons – Creative Producer/CEO at Outback Theatre for Young People and Director on the Board of Regional Arts NSW. Previous positions include Workshop Manager at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Educational Facilitator at Jigsaw Theatre Company, Lecturer and Tutor at Charles Sturt University.
- Daniel Potter – Executive Director / CEO at Shopfront Arts. He previously held roles at Belvoir, Merrigong Theatre and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
Chair: Simon Mordant AO – Director of MOMA PS1 in New York, a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a member of the International Council of the MOMA, the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council and Enterprise Professor, Centre of Visual Art, University of Melbourne and Inaugural International Ambassador for Gallerie dell’Accademia Museum in Venice. Executive Co-Chairman at Luminis Partners with experience as past Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel 2000-2010 and Honorary Consul to San Marino in Australia. Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Back to top
- Steven Alderton – Director and CEO at the National Art School. Committed to arts and education and delivering sophisticated cultural development, arts innovation and audience engagement with roles as Director Casula Powerhouse, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, Curator Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, and Director Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum.
- Michael Dagostino – Director at Campbelltown Arts Centre, is currently a Board Member of Sydney Writers’ Festival, Accessible Arts and Western Sydney Arts Alliance and previously on FBi Radio and Artspace. He was a member of the Sydney Culture Network and NSW State Government Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, with over 23 years of experience in the contemporary arts sector.
- Danie Mellor – A contemporary artist of Ngadjon and Mamu heritage whose multidisciplinary practice explores intersections of Indigenous and Western culture and history. Danie’s work is held in significant national collections and internationally and is on the Board of MCA Australia. Previous positions include lecturer and senior lecturer at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, Chair, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
- Lauretta Morton OAM – Director of Newcastle Art Gallery with over 35 years’ experience in the visual arts and creative industries sectors in both private and government organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
- Susi Muddiman OAM – Gallery Director at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Board Member of Museums & Galleries of NSW. Highly regarded leader of the gallery and museum sector in Australia, with a strong interest in and commitment to enhancing gallery performance and presenting quality engagement programs.
- Michelle Newton – Deputy Director of Artspace and current Chair of Cementa Inc Board. Previous roles include General Manager at Grantpirrie Gallery, Co-Director at Jirrawun Arts, East Kimberley (WA) and Art Centre Manager at Jilamara Arts, Tiwi Islands (NT).
- Maud Page – Deputy Director and Director of Collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales with a career spanning two decades including roles as Deputy Director at Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and Senior Curator of Pacific Art.
- Khaled Sabsabi – An artist whose process involves working across art mediums, geographical borders and cultures to create immersive and engaging art experiences. Khaled has won a number fellowships and prizes, including the Blake Prize in 2011. He has exhibited at a number of international Biennale and has works in private, national and international collections.
- Brigette Uren – Program Director at Arts in Health Infrastructure and Chair, Arts in Health Community of Practice at Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance, with two decades experience delivering outstanding business outcomes for dynamic cultural organisations including three years as director at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Chair: Kim McKay AO – Chair of the Museums and History Artform Board. Director and CEO of the Australian Museum. Kim is the co-founder of Clean Up Australia and the Clean Up The World campaign. Kim co-created The Genographic Project for National Geographic which traces humankind’s genetic history and is the co-author of five books. Back to top
- Steven Alderton – Member of the Visual Arts Artform Board. Director and CEO at National Art School. Accomplished and entrepreneurial Senior Executive with 25 years’ experience in visual arts and education.
- Olivia Ansell – Member of the Dance and Physical Theatre Artform Board. Festival Director 2022-2024 of the Sydney Festival, with previous roles as Head of Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House, co-executive producer of immersive experience Hidden Sydney and Executive Producer of Shaun Parker & Company, which toured to Sadler’s Wells in the UK and to Europe.
- Dr Brian Lindsay – Member of the Museums and History Artform Board. Chair of the Board of the NSW State Archives and Records Authority (SARA) and a member of the NSW Heritage Council. He is a professional researcher and author.
- Chris Puplick AM – Chair of the Theatre and Musical Theatre Artform Board, Chair at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), who has been a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, a member of the Board of NIDA, and has been the Chair of the Griffin Theatre Company and inaugural Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive.