Alexie Glass-Kantor is Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. Since 1999 she has curated or co-curated over one hundred exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals. She has collaborated 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 worked in Curatorial at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Glass-Kantor is the Chair of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia and on the Academic Board of the National Art School. She is curator of the Encounters sector for Art Basel | Hong Kong 2015-2019.
Deputy Director | Contact
Michelle Newton is Deputy Director at Artspace, Sydney where she has co-commissioned and co-curated significant projects with artists and in partnership with leading international institutions. She has written for and co-edited monographs on Mel O’Callaghan, Centre of the Centre and Taloi Havini, Reclamation. Prior to joining Artspace in 2012, she worked directly with Indigenous-led art centres, Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association, Tiwi Islands (2006–2009), and Jirrawun Arts on Gija country (2009–2011), and was Associate Director for private gallery, Grantpirrie, Sydney (2011–2012). She is a dedicated advocate for the arts and cultural sector and is currently a Board Member for Create NSW Visual Arts Artform Advisory Board and Chair of Cementa, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Economics, Curtin University.
Curator | Contact
Talia Linz is a writer and Curator at Artspace, Sydney. In the last three years she has curated, co-curated and produced over 40 Australian and international solo and group exhibitions and projects, and co-edited the publications Angelica Mesiti: A Communion of Stranger Gestures and Helen Johnson: Warm Ties. She was previously the Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney, Executive Producer of Arts and Culture at FBi Radio 94.5FM and Assistant Editor at Art & Australia, and has recently contributed to catalogues for Primavera 2018, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Biennale of Sydney, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects and the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017. Talia is currently part of the curatorium for rīvus, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, 2022.
Development Manager | Contact
Alanna Irwin is Development Manager at Artspace, Sydney. Prior to this position, she was Associate Director at Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, driving innovative cultural and business strategies to connect practicing contemporary artists and the public. She is also an accomplished project manager and arts writer, shaping projects including Janet Laurence’s ‘Requiem’ Festival as part of Sydney Festival, the Allens Online Art Journal for the Allens Corporate Art Collection, and a conservation initiative for the Art Gallery of NSW’s Time-based Art Collection. She holds a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney and spent 4 years as a sessional academic in Art History, Theory and Curating at the same institution.
Associate Curator and Executive Assistant | Contact
Elyse Goldfinch is Associate Curator and EA at Artspace, Sydney. Recently, she co-curated Artspace’s 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition and the NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship exhibitions. She has worked across a breadth of non-profit and independent arts organisations with a focus on advocacy, collaboration, exchange and support for artists locally, nationally and internationally. Elyse is also an independent curator and writes extensively for print and online publications.
Associate Curator and Front of House Coordinator | Contact
Johanna Bear is Associate Curator and Front of House at Artspace, as well as an independent curator and writer. She has previous experience at organisations including the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and Artspace Aotearoa. Her writing has been published in ArtAsiaPacific, un Extended, Runway Journal, and Sullivan+Strumpf Magazine. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History/International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and University of Queensland, and is currently Deputy Chair and Program Coordinator at Runway Journal.
Production Manager | Contact
Prior to this role as Production Manager at Artspace, Court was operations manager at Bell Shakespeare, a graphic designer and a producer/project manager of national and international events. He studied at Sydney College of the Arts and the Universität der Künste in Berlin and has a Master of Fine Arts.
Court also has experience lecturing in art and design at University of Sydney's Media and Communications department and Sydney College of the Arts.
Communications Coordinator | Contact
Richard Phillips is an artist and writer, graduating with an Honours in Photography and Situated Media from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to his position at Artspace, he has worked and volunteered in a variety positions across the arts in various arts organisations and institutions. Richard also has experience lecturing and tutoring into photographic history and theory subjects at the University of Technology Sydney.
Front of House and Curatorial Assistant | Contact
Yuanyu Li joined Artspace as the Front of House and Curatorial Assistant in 2020. She has a background in contemporary art curating and administration. Prior to this position, Yuanyu worked at various arts institutions in Australia and China including the Art Gallery of NSW, Power Station of Art Shanghai, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vermilion Art, where she has worked on exhibitions such as Heaven and earth in Chinese Art (2019), Shanghai Biennale Proregress (2018), Sworn Sisters (2018). In addition, as an independent curator and producer. She has curated exhibitions and produced programs at 107 Projects and Vermilion Art. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership from University of New South Wales.
The Artspace Board is complemented by up to nine directors, including the Executive Director, who each play a vital role in achieving the organisation’s objectives. They bring a wide range of skills to management, fundraising and day-to-day operations. Each director is appointed for a four-year fixed-term, with the exception of two artist-appointed directors appointed for a two year-term who represent the interests of our key constituency of visual arts practitioners. In 2014 Artspace changed this policy to re-appoint both artist-appointed directors for an additional two-years.
Current Board Members:
Andrew Cameron AM (Chair)
Artspace Executive Directors 1983-2015
Judy Annear (1982–83)
Gary Sangster (1984–87)
Sally Couacaud (1988–1992)
Louise Pether (1992–94)
Nicholas Tsoutas (1994–2005)
Blair French (2006–13)
Alexie Glass-Kantor (2013–current)
Chairs of Board 1983-Current
Andrew Cameron AM