Board Advisors

NETS Victoria Board of Management

  • Bec Cole

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    Director, Creative Arts: Latrobe City Council
    Chair: Board of Management

    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.

  • Michael Fox

    Director, Fox Galleries
    Treasurer: Board of Management

    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.

    Photograph (detail): Manon Mikolaitis

  • David Sequeira

    Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery
    Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
    Chair: Artistic Program Advisory Committee

    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.

    Photograph (detail): Guilia McGauran

  • 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.

    Photograph (detail): Wani Toa

  • Tammy Wong Hulbert

    Lecturer, Masters of Arts (Art Management) in Curating
    RMIT University, School of Art

    Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic in the RMIT University School of Art, lecturing in the Master 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.

    Photograph (detail): Shane Hulbert

  • Claire Watson

    Director, NETS Victoria
    Secretary, Board of Management

    Claire Watson is a passionate contributor to the arts community through her role on boards and advisory committees, as a judge for industry prizes, a writer, and lecturer. Her professional experience includes serving as an advisor on the Touring Panel for Creative Victoria (2014-2016), board member of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (2017-2019) chairing their Advocacy and Research Committee; and a range of senior roles at arts organisations including BLINDSIDE, Asialink, Gippsland Art Gallery, and Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Claire has curated over 100 exhibitions including the Artspace Mackay touring exhibition Violent Salt co-curated with Yhonnie Scarce; NETS Victoria/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition Synthetica (2015-2016); and the Asialink/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition Vertigo (2014). She has been a guest speaker at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; Galerie Soemardja, Indonesia; and the TransCultural Exchange Conference, USA. Claire is an Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the National Association of Visual Arts, an advocate for inclusive practices and a lover of innovation.

    Photograph: Kate Longley

Artistic Program Advisory Committee

  • David Sequeira

    Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery
    Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
    Chair: Artistic Program Advisory Committee

    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.

    Photograph (detail): Guilia McGauran

  • Myles Russell-Cook

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    Curator of Indigenous Art
    National Gallery of Victoria

    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.

  • Yhonnie Scarce

    Kokatha and Nukunu
    Artist

    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.

    Photograph (detail): Janelle Low

  • Adam Harding

    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.

  • Zoë Bastin

    Independent Artist & Curator

    Zoë Bastin is an artist, choreographer, curator, sometimes writer and self-described ‘rat-bag’. As an artist who makes performances, sculptures, videos, photos and runs a radio show, she’s fascinated by the porousness of the body, where it starts and ends and how culture inscribes ideas of gender and sexuality onto our physical form.

    Since childhood she’s been interested in gender roles in dance class, particularly who’s allowed to do what and why. Drawing on her background of creative dance, she creates works that explore difficult psychological terrain. From the homophobia in her religious childhood to delving into the gender politics of ballet, Zoë’s works are often hard hitting. But from this deep emotional investigation comes the joy of dancing itself.

    Zoë has previously exhibited and performed at Dancehouse, Midsumma Festival, Bus Projects, Felt Space, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Seventh Gallery, Testing Grounds, BLINDSIDE, Bloc Projects, KINGS Artist Run, MADA Gallery at Monash University, Project Space at RMIT University and The Substation. Zoë recently completed her PhD (RMIT University) where she was researching gender by transforming patriarchal hierarchies in bodies and objects.

Development and Fundraising Committee

  • Bec Cole

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    Director, Creative Arts: Latrobe City Council
    Chair: Board of Management

    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.

  • Michael Fox

    Director, Fox Galleries
    Treasurer: Board of Management

    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.

    Photograph (detail): Manon Mikolaitis

  • Hester Lyon

    Gallery & Museum Program Officer: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

    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.

    Photograph: Samantha Lynch

     

  • 2022

    Bec Cole – Chair
    Isobel Morphy-Walsh – Deputy Chair
    Michael Fox – Treasurer
    Claire Watson – Secretary
    David Sequeira
    Tammy Wong Hulbert
    Nasalifya Namwinga
    Nicole Monteiro (from July 2022)
    David Hurlston (until July 2022)
    Clare Leporati – (Deputy Chair until March 2022)
    Nikki Lam (until March 2022)
    Jan van Schaik (until March 2022)
  • 2021

    Bec Cole – Chair (from March 2021)
    Penny Teale – Chair (until March 2021)
    Clare Leporati – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary (until February 2021)
    Claire Watson – Secretary (from February 2021)
    Michael Fox – Treasurer (from March 2021)
    Ben Macauley – Treasurer (until March 2021)
    Jan van Schaik
    David Hurlston
    Nikki Lam
    David Sequeira (from February 2021)
    Tammy Wong-Hulbert (from February 2021)
    Isobel Morphy-Walsh (from September 2021)
    Nasalifya Namwinga (from March 2021)
  • 2020

    Penny Teale – Chair from March 2020
    Adam Harding – Chair until March 2020
    Clare Leporati – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Ben Macauley – Treasurer
    Jan van Schaik
    David Hurlston
    Bec Cole (from February 2020)
    Nikki Lam (from March 2020)
    Lyn Johnson (until October 2020)
  • 2019

    Adam Harding – Chair
    Penny Teale – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Ben Macauley – Treasurer
    Clare Leporati
    Jan van Schaik
    David Hurlston
    Lyn Johnson
    Penny Byrne (until June 2019)
  • 2018

    Adam Harding – Chair
    Penny Teale – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Ben Macauley – Treasurer
    Clare Leporati
    Jan van Schaik
    David Hurlston
    Lyn Johnson
    Penny Byrne
    Sarah Bond (until June 2018)
    John Meade (until June 2018)
  • 2017

    Sarah Bond – Chair
    John Meade – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Ben Macauley – Treasurer
    Adam Harding
    Penny Teale
    David Hurlston
    Emma Telfer
  • 2016

    Sarah Bond – Chair
    John Meade – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Steve Smith – Treasurer (until 1 March 2016)
    Rekkae Moorthy – Treasurer
    Adam Harding
    Penny Teale
    Phip Murray
    Simon Gregg
    David Hurlston
    Emma Telfer
  • 2015

    Sarah Bond – Chair
    John Meade – Deputy Chair
    Catherine Pierce – Secretary
    Steve Smith – Treasurer
    Adam Harding
    Penny Teale
    Phip Murray
    Simon Gregg
    David Hurlston
    Emma Telfer