Our Board & Advisors

NETS Victoria Board of Management


Penny Teale
Curator, Bunjil Place Gallery

Penny Teale has worked within the visual arts sector for almost 20 years. She has authored numerous essays and curated over 50 exhibitions engaged with concepts of environment and place. Penny was formerly Senior Curator, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery where she oversaw exhibitions and management of the Gallery’s collection. During this time she curated survey exhibitions Lisa Roet: Finger of Suspicion (2004) and Louise Weaver: Taking a Chance on Love – Selected works 1990–2006 (2006), retrospectives Journey: The sculpture of Augustine Dall’Ava (2009) and Geoffrey Bartlett: 280205 (2015) and developed an exhibition project series featuring Andrew Browne: From the Periphery (2010), Janet Laurence: The Alchemical Garden of Desire (2012), Alex Seton: Last Resort (2014) and Tim Silver: Talking to the Shadows (2015). Thematic exhibitions included the outdoor McClelland Sculpture Survey+Awards (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014), touring exhibition Spirit in the Land, co-curated with Robert Lindsay (2011) and Double Vision an exhibition reviewing Realism in contemporary art (2011). At Bunjil Place Gallery, Penny has curated Trace (2018) and collaborated on site specific projects with Dr Vera Möller to develop the Western Port inspired exhibition A Thousand Tides (2019) and Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan on Home/Land: Project Another Country (2019). Through a Gordon Darling Traveling Grant, Penny toured international sculpture parks and regional museums in the UK, Europe and the United States and in 2016 she collaborated with Asialink Arts to present Colourshift: Ross Manning+Kit Webster in Seoul.


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.



Ben Macauley
Chief Finance Officer, Baillie Asset Management Limited

Ben Macauley is the CFO of Baillie Asset Management Limited, a privately owned funds management company that is responsible for the management of targeted investments in a manner that is co-aligned with the interests of the select group of clients it represents. Ben has worked across the banking and finance industry for over 20 years in Sydney, Melbourne and London. He is a CPA qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney.



Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce has a general commercial practice with a particular focus on banking and finance, bankruptcy, insolvency and corporations and securities matters. Before coming to the Bar, Catherine worked as a solicitor in Hong Kong where she advised in relation to cross border insolvency and corporate and financial restructuring, including the liquidiation of Lehman Brothers companies based in Hong Kong and China. Whilst practising in Hong Kong, Catherine also advised in relation to multi-jurisdictional securities enforcement, trust disputes and shareholder and partnership disputes. Prior to this, Catherine was a Senior Associate at Madgwicks where she practised in commercial litigation, including advising on insolvency and restructuring and instructing in trials in the Federal Court of Australia and in the Victorian Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts as well as in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Catherine has also worked for many years as an interpreter in English, French and Mandarin Chinese.


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.


David Hurlston
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 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).



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)

Bec Cole (bio above)

Clare Leporati (bio above)


Development and Fundraising Committee


Jan van Schaik (Chair) (bio above)

Catherine Pierce (bio above)

Penny Teale (bio above)