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NETS Victoria Board of Management

Chair

Bec Cole
Director, Creative Arts
Latrobe City Council

Bec Cole is Director Creative Arts at Latrobe City Council. This role encompasses the direction of Latrobe Regional Gallery and Latrobe Performing Arts Centre. Bec is a champion of creating access to quality contemporary art and has led the establishment of public art programs, creative industry development initiatives and public programming in gallery, major events and activity centre settings. Previous to commencing at Latrobe in early 2020, Bec led the Arts & Culture program at Wyndham City Council. Here she implemented a bold exhibition program at Wyndham Art Gallery, establishing a curatorial model of practice that supports a diversity of perspectives and raised the profile of the gallery to national presence. Bec holds a Master of Commerce with specialities in business, economics and marketing; winning the prestigious RMIT Master of Commerce Prize in 2018. She also holds a Master of Community Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts. Bec regularly writes articles on culture, creativity and community, and has an extensive background in community engagement and policy.

 

Deputy Chair

Clare Leporati
Visual and Public Art Officer, Maribyrnong City Council

Clare Leporati has worked in the creative industries in Australia and internationally since 1996. She currently works at Maribyrnong City Council across the visual art, public art, artist residency and collection management portfolios. Clare has specialised skills in visual and public art, interdisciplinary projects, community and government relations, strategic planning and programing. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art History from the University of Melbourne (1995), a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from Deakin University (2000) and a Master in Art in Public Space from RMIT University (2010). Having previously worked for an interface municipality she is committed to the development and delivery of contemporary art, craft and design opportunities both within and outside of metropolitan centres. Clare also has a particular interest in creative collaborative practices and the convergence of material and virtual public space.

 

Treasurer

Michael Fox
Director of Fox Galleries

Michael Fox is the Principal of Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer and the Director of Fox Galleries. He is a qualified accountant, fine art valuer and art collector. He holds a Master of Tax from the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Michael is a member of the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants. With offices in Melbourne and Hobart, Michael has worked with artists and creative industry professionals to manage their tax affairs utilising his specialised knowledge in business taxation, GST, cultural gifts, income averaging and more. Some highlights of his career include running the successful Save Super Art campaign in 2010 that prevented the proposed ban on artwork investment by super funds; co-founding Outlaw Gallery along with Barry Tate in Warrnambool, which provides art therapy classes for people living with disability in the community of Western Victoria; and in 2020 he was invited to the position of Art Market Consultant to the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart.

 

David Hurlston
Senior Curator, Australian Art
National Gallery of Victoria

David Hurlston has worked for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) since 1993 and is currently employed as Senior Curator, Australian Art. He has previously been employed by the NGV as Curator, Australian art exhibitions (2002-2007), Program Coordinator (1999-2002) and Access Gallery Curator (1993-1999). In 1985 Hurlston completed a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art at RMIT, majoring in ceramic sculpture, and in 1991 undertook post-graduate study in art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. He has curated a number of exhibitions for the NGV including, Yikwani: Contemporary Tiwi ceramics (2002-2003), Deborah Halpern: Angel (2006), Geoffrey Bartlett (2007) and Preserving the past, enriching the future: Hugh Williamson’s legacy (2008) and Ron Mueck (2010). More recently he curated Inge King: Constellation (2014) and Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car (2015) and John Olsen: The You Beaut Country (2017). He also developed the concept for NGV Studio, a contemporary exhibition space at NGV Australia, and from 2011 until 2015 coordinated the exhibition program. Hurlston is a member of the RMIT Design Archives Advisory Panel.

 

Jan van Schaik
Architect, co-director of MvS Architects, researcher and lecturer at RMIT University, creative and cultural industries strategist at Future Tense.

Jan van Schaik’s work focuses on the cultural and societal underpinnings of architecture, and the complex relationship between human beings and their environments. His collaborative approach to the design of public buildings; mixed use developments; strategic plans; feasibility studies; master-plans; secondary and tertiary education projects; adaptive reuse projects; exhibitions in major art galleries; buildings in sensitive ecological environments; and prototypical residential projects has received awards, and been published, both in Australia and internationally. Jan is the producer of the WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture series and publications project which reflect on the role that writing plays in the development of contemporary creative practice. He has worked on projects in China, Kuala Lumpur, and throughout Australia. In regional Victoria he has specialised in leveraging creative practice to deliver resilience to communities and their economies. His experience includes past appointments as deputy chair of Gertrude Contemporary, chair of the City of Melbourne Creative Spaces working group and adviser to the Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformation project, and he is a patron of West Space and ACCA.

 

Nikki Lam
Co-Director of Hyphenated Projects and Associate Producer at Next Wave

Nikki Lam is a visual artist, curator and producer. With an expanded art practice in writing, exhibition and festival making, she is passionate about bridging the boundaries between disciplines, audiences and spaces. Working primarily with moving images, performance and installation, her work often examines hybridity through studies of rituals, language and representations, as well as the ephemeral medium of video. Born in Hong Kong, Nikki’s research deals with the complexity of migratory expressions within and beyond the concept of diaspora. As an artist and curator, Nikki has worked across Australia and internationally, physically and digitally, including Itoshima International Arts Festival (Japan), Pier 2 Art Center (Taiwan), Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), The Substation, The Ferry Gallery (Bangkok), Galleria Marcollini (Italy), and Over View International Festival of Video Art. Nikki was Artistic Director at Channels video art festival (2014-2017) and visual arts editor at Peril Magazine. She has also worked in programming and production roles at ACMI, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK) and Seventh Gallery. Nikki has a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia (Monash University) and Executive Master of Arts (University of Melbourne).

 

Nasalifya Namugala Namwinga
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Pola Psychology

Nasalifya Namugala Namwinga is a Zambian, Naarm (Melbourne)-based clinical psychologist. She is passionate about working from an inter-sectional perspective to support clients, with a particular interest in culturally responsive practice. She trained as a clinical psychologist in Aotearoa (New Zealand) before moving to Melbourne and founding Pola Psychology.

 

Dr David Sequeira
Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Artist & Curator

Born New Delhi, India

Dr David Sequeira’s studio practice focusses on the use of colour and geometry in the creation of contemplative experiences. Working across media, David explores issues around high and low art, personal and shared histories, banality and profundity, the reverberations of colonization and the persistence of incomplete histories. Curatorship — articulating the intersections between objects, time, place and space — is an important aspect of his art practice. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Art Gallery of NSW, John Curtin Gallery, Perth; University of Queensland Art Museum and Nature Morte Gallery New Delhi. David’s residencies and awards include the Australia Council for the Arts studio Paris, the Collex Museum of Contemporary Art acquisitive prize, Artist in residence University of Texas, Dallas and the Wyndham Art Prize. Prior to his current role, David held senior positions in major national cultural institutions including Australian Parliament House, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Film and Sound Archive.

 

Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert
International Coordinator, School of Art: RMIT University

Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic in the RMIT University School of Art, lecturing in the Masters of Arts (Arts Management) program specialising in curating. She is also the International and Art: History + Theory + Cultures Coordinator. Tammy’s research focuses on curating inclusive cities, enacted through collaborations with marginalised urban communities, to care for and represent their perspectives in globalising cities. Tammy’s art practice stems from her interest in expressing the multi-layered and fragmented space between cultures, due to living in a super-diverse, postcolonial society. As a curator, she has worked with a wide range of Asian contemporary artists in Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hong Kong, in galleries, museums and public spaces.

 

Artistic Program Advisory Committee

 

Adam Harding (Chair)

Adam Harding is the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, since 2018 and was the Chair of the NETS Victoria’s Board of Management from 2012 to 2020. After beginning his training at Geelong Gallery in 1998, Harding was Assistant Curator at Warrnambool Art Gallery. In 2007 he moved to Horsham Regional Art Gallery (HRAG) as Curator, and was appointed Director in 2009. He continued Horsham’s commitment to community engagement while reinterpreting the Gallery’s collection to focus on their three main areas of collecting; artworks and images of Horsham and the Wimmera, the Mack Jost Collection of Australian Art, and its nationally significant collection of Australian photography. Harding has been focusing on investigating modes of exhibition development and presentation that places the Gallery and the Wimmera as a site of production and collaboration. This is happening through partnerships with the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, which saw contemporary artists work with community organisations such as the Natimuk Brass Band and the Natimuk Bowls Club, and the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and their project Life in your hands: the art of solastalgia, which saw works created within each touring venue’s community coming together for a national tour.

 

Yhonnie Scarce

Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu Peoples. A master contemporary glass blower, her practice explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass. Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people. Family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors, she offers herself as a conduit, sharing their significant stories from the past. Scarce was the winner of the prestigious NGV Architecture Commission 2019. In 2018 Scarce was the recipient of the Kate Challis RAKA award, for her contribution to the visual arts in Australia, as well as the Indigenous Ceramic Award from the Shepparton Art Museum. Her involvement in international exhibitions includes the Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan; and the Museum of London, Ontario, Canada. Previous international shows include the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India, 2018; 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Personal Structures 2013, Venice; Harvard Art Museum, Massachusetts 2016; and Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, Virginia, USA 2012.

 

Myles Russell-Cook

Myles Russell-Cook is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He is jointly responsible for the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the Art of Oceania, Pre-hispanic America and Africa. 

Myles passion is for First Nations contemporary art, and much of his influence and inspiration comes from his own maternal Aboriginal heritage in Western Victoria with connections into Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.

 Myles has lectured in Art History, Design Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Swinburne University, and he is currently editor of the NGV’s annual scholarly publication, The Art Journal.

 

Zoë Bastin

Zoë Bastin is an artist, sometimes writer and self-described ‘rat bag’. Bastin works in-between dance and sculpture creating choreography, objects, videos, essays and performances. Since childhood she’s been fascinated by gender roles in dance class; particularly who’s allowed to do what and why. Currently undertaking her PhD at RMIT University, she researches gender by transforming patriarchal hierarchies in bodies and objects. Bastin hosts Queer(y)ing Creative Practice live on Bus radio, performs often and is currently working with a team of eight dancers on an immersive performance called That Which Was Once Familiar. Bastin has previously exhibited and performed at The Substation, Kings ARI, Block Projects, Paradise Hills Gallery, Wyndham City Council, Seventh Gallery, MADA Gallery at Monash University, Testing Grounds, School of Art Gallery RMIT University, Tinning St Presents, c3 Gallery and BLINDSIDE.

 

David Hurlston (bio above)

Nikki Lam (bio above)

Clare Leporati (bio above)

 

Development and Fundraising Committee

 

Jan van Schaik (Chair) (bio above)

Bec Cole (bio above)

Michael Fox (bio above)

Dr David Sequeira (bio above)

Hester Lyon

Hester Lyon is an arts worker, writer and curator. Currently, she is Gallery & Museum Program Officer at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and GeoCentre, and sits on the Board of Directors at SEVENTH Gallery. Hester has previously worked at a number of public and commercial organisations including LON Gallery, VAULT Magazine, Monash University Museum of Art, ARC ONE Gallery and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Her writing has appeared in Memo Review, Fine Print Magazine and VAULT Magazine. Hester holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.