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 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 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 the Front of House and Curatorial Assistant at Artspace as well as an independent curator and writer. Prior to her appointment at Artspace, Johanna worked and volunteered at various arts organisations in Australia and New Zealand including the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Sydney), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (New Zealand), Artspace (Auckland, New Zealand) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth, New Zealand). She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and University of Queensland.
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