People

Staff

Alexie Glass-Kantor
Executive Director

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Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator and the Executive Director of Artspace, Gadigal Country / Sydney, where she oversees an international program supporting ambitious co-commissioning, exhibitions, publishing and accessible archives, program of rent-free residencies, and guided the transformation of The Gunnery with board and staff. She was the curator of DESASTRES, artist Marco Fusinato’s Australian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022), and since 2015 is the curator of Encounters, the large-scale installation sector at Art Basel | Hong Kong, where she presents significant commissioning and premiere projects. Curating in independent spaces, museums, biennials, and festivals, for over twenty years Glass-Kantor has curated and jointly developed hundreds of collaborative projects, including co-curator with Natasha Bullock of Parallel Collisions the 12th Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art and the Australian curator for the 13th SITE Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico. As an advocate for the cultural sector Glass-Kantor serves on numerous boards including: Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia (CAOA) since 2017; Advisory Board, Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MCAD), De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila; Academic Board, National Art School, Sydney; Jury Member, Advance Global Australian Awards; alongside a program of participating in juries, public programs, symposiums and lectures. She is alum of the Bachelor of Art History & Theory (Honours), University of New South Wales. 

Ali Hillman
Development Manager

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Having led international public art programs for corporate clients in London, Paris and Los Angeles, Ali founded curatorial collective Friday Trampoline. Specialising in debut exhibitions that springboard early career artists into public consciousness, Ali built strategic partnerships with Frieze Art Fair, Photo London, London Design Museum and The Photographer’s Gallery. Through fundraising activity, Ali’s main interest is driving cultivation and engagement strategies motivated by change and furthering an equal, inclusive, and diverse arts sector. Ali completed her Bachelor and Master degrees at UNSW in Fine Art Theory and Design and studied at the Sotheby’s Institute, London.

Contact ali.hillman@artspace.org.au

Masha Jayasiri
Communications Manager

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Masha Jayasiri is Communications Manager at Artspace, Sydney. Previously she worked as Sales and Marketing Executive at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Sri Lanka. She has a background in printmaking and has worked for various fashion design studios and working with community groups. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles and International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Contact masha@artspace.org.au

Yuanyu Li
Associate Curator and Front of House Coordinator

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Yuanyu Li is a Chinese curator and producer currently based on Gadigal land. She has a background in contemporary art curating and social science studies. She works as Associate Curator and Front of House Coordinator at Artspace and joined the Board of Runway Journal in 2022 as a Digital Producer. She has previous experience working at various art institutions in Australia and China, including the Art Gallery of NSW, Power Station of Art Shanghai, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 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.

Contact yuanyu@artspace.org.au

Talia Linz
Senior Curator

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Talia Linz is Senior Curator at Artspace, Sydney, collaborating on solo and group exhibitions, new commissions, publications and multi-platform projects with contemporary artists across generations. She has worked throughout the arts in performance, radio and publishing, including as the Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney and assistant editor at Art & Australia. Her writing has been published in monographs, journals and exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Australia, MCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Hatje Cantz, and the European Capital of Culture, among others. She was recently one of the curators for rīvus, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, 2022

Contact talia@artspace.org.au

Michelle Newton
Deputy Director

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Michelle Newton is Deputy Director at Artspace, Gadigal Country/Sydney where she has co-commissioned and co-curated significant projects with artists and in partnership with leading international institutions. She has recently written for and co-edited the monographs, 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 (2006–09), and Jirrawun Arts on Gija Country (2009–11), and was Associate Director for private gallery, Grantpirrie, Sydney (2011–12). She is a dedicated advocate for the arts and culture sector and is currently Chair of Cementa, Inc. and on the Board of Create NSW Visual Arts Artform Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Economics, Curtin University.

Contact michelle@artspace.org.au

Marco Rinaldi
Operations and Production Manager

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Marco Rinaldi is Operations and Production Manager at Artspace, Sydney. He is an independent curator, installation artist, and Founder/Co-Director of Passage Gallery. Rinaldi has held various positions, including Creative Director of osmosis, Gallery Curator at Dominik Mersch Gallery, and Curatorial Assistant at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Across these roles, he has worked with more than 100 artists and presented over 40 exhibitions, events, listening experiences, public programs, and installations. Rinaldi holds a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership (With Excellence) from UNSW Art & Design and a Bachelor of Interior Design. 

Contact marco.rinaldi@artspace.org.au

Sarah Rose
Associate Curator and Executive Assistant

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Sarah Rose is Associate Curator and Executive Assistant at Artspace, Sydney. In recent years, she has curated extensively across independent and council-run spaces, collaborating closely with artists to develop 20 group and solo exhibitions. Recently, her curatorial project ‘In the fibre of her being’ at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery won a 2022 MGNSW IMAGinE Award. Rose has previously held positions at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and Create NSW, and is currently Coordinator for Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOA). She is also Co-founder and Project Coordinator for More Than Reproduction, an artist-run printmaking initiative for female-identifying and gender diverse artists. Rose holds a Masters of Curating & Cultural Leadership with Excellence and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from UNSW Art & Design.

Contact sarah.rose@artspace.org.au

Board

Current Board Members:


Andrew Cameron AM (Chair)
Kathy Bail
Daniel Boyd
Michael Baldwin
Lisa Chung
Mikala Dwyer
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Taloi Havini
Amanda Love
Peter O'Connell
Leisa Sadler
Peter Wilson

Former Directors

Artspace Executive Directors from 1983

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 from 1983

Jim Allen
Lisa Anderson
Louise Dauth
Dian Lloyd
Michael Dolk
Jill Scott
Richard Dunn
Merilyn Fairskye
Frances Joseph
Su Baker
Brad Buckley
Nicholas Tsoutas
Nick Waterlow
Anne Zahalka
Anne Graham
Richard Perram
John Potts
Suzanne Currie
Michael Dagostino
James Emmett