Alexie Glass-Kantor | Executive Director
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, 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 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 2015-2017.
Deputy Director | Contact
As the Deputy Director of Artspace, Michelle Newton works as a producer to support the commissioning of contemporary art projects. Prior to this she was the General Manager, Grantpirrie Gallery; worked in leadership roles at Jilamara Arts, Tiwi Islands and Jirrawun Arts, East Kimberley; and as the Photo Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2010 she co-curated, with Alexie Glass-Kantor, No Name Station, an international cultural exchange and exhibition project for Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Curtin University of Technology.
Curator | Contact
Talia Linz has an MA in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto and was the 2013 – 14 Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney. Prior to Artspace she was Executive Producer of Arts and Culture, FBi Radio 94.5FM and Assistant Editor, Art & Australia. Talia has lectured in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto and contributed to publications for the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art & Australia, Runway, The Modern Woman’s Anthology and Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand. She holds a BA in Performance Theory and Practice from the University of Western Sydney and an MA in Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Communications Coordinator | Contact
JD Reforma is an artist, writer and curator, with a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. He has exhibited extensively throughout NSW, including solo and group exhibitions at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Artspace, Firstdraft, MOP Projects, Alaska Projects and Breezeblock. His writing has been commissioned and published through Das Platforms and Campbelltown Arts Centre. Prior to Artspace he was Associate Gallery Manager of Minerva, Sydney, and a Co-Director of Firstdraft from 2013 – 14, during which he oversaw the organisation's historic relocation and relaunch in Woolloomooloo.
Development Coordinator | Contact
Prior to this role, Ann was Melbourne Art Fair’s Project Manager and Curator between 1998 and 2008. Her role included overseeing major government and corporate sponsorship, marketing and development and regular business travel to Korea, Japan and China. She is also recognised as one of Australia’s leading milliners, having shown and received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, and her collection ‘Mono Daily’ was exhibited at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney 2014.
Production Coordinator | Contact
Front of House Coordinator & Curatorial Assistant | Contact
Prior to this role Lola worked at the Australian Centre for Photography in Education and Public Programs as well as the Flying Arts Alliance in education programming. She has written for web and print including ACP online and The Heavy Collective. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Melbourne and the University of Granada with honours in Art Theory from the UNSW Art & Design.
Executive Assistant & Curatorial Liaison | Contact
Elyse Goldfinch is Executive Assistant and Curatorial Liaison at Artspace, Sydney. As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions across Sydney including Electrofringe16, gaffa gallery and Wellington St Projects. Writing extensively, Elyse has contributed to publications such as DLux Media Arts and Terra Firma Magazine. Prior to her appointment to Artspace Elyse worked and volunteered at various arts organisations including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School Gallery. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons.) from UNSW Art & Design and is currently completing her Masters of Art Curating at the University of Sydney.
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