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 2015-2019.
Deputy Director | Contact
Michelle Newton is the Deputy Director of Artspace and works as a curator-producer to support the commissioning of contemporary art projects. Prior to her appointment at Artspace she was the General Manager at Grantpirrie Gallery and worked with First Nations’ artists at Jilamara Arts on the Tiwi Islands (NT) and Jirrawun Arts in the East Kimberley (WA). She previously worked in media across editorial and business development for The Sydney Morning Herald. She has commissioned and produced new works for Artspace in partnership with peer institutions internationally such as Angelica Mesiti’s Relay League for Art Sonje Center (Seoul); Helen Johnson’s Warm Ties for ICA (London); Nicholas Mangan’s Ancient Lights with Chisenhale Gallery (London); Justene Williams’ A Curtain Breathed Deeply for Performa 15 Biennial (New York); Chicks on Speed SCREAM and Volume | Another Art Book Fair with Printed Matter Inc (New York). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales | Art & Design and a Graduate Certificate in Finance 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
Richard Phillips is an artist and writer, graduating with an Honours in Photography and Situated Media from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Development Manager | Contact
Jenny Alaca is the Development Manager of Artspace – supporting capacity, collaboration, and relationships across partnerships, benefaction, grants, foundations and trusts. Prior to her appointment, Jenny has worked and volunteered at various art organisations including the City Portfolios of Sydney Living Museums, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Biennale of Sydney, Performance Space, Interlude Gallery and Kudos Gallery. She’s also worked several years in communications and development at one of Australia's largest multi-brand retailer.
Jenny holds a Bachelor Art Theory (Hons.) from the UNSW Art & Design. As an artist and writer, she has performed, exhibited and written for numerous galleries, projects, catalogues and art publications across Australia.
Production Coordinator | Contact
Jack Tarlinton is an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and prop builder who has worked across the fashion, art and film industries. As well as as being Production Coordinator at Artspace, he is also Art Director of The Skateboarder's Journal. Most recently he worked on the production of Alien: Covenant (2017), directed by Ridley Scott, and he has also worked extensively with Australian artists and fashion designers, including Romance Was Born and Nell.
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