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, an advocate for inclusive practices and a lover of innovation.
Photograph: Kate Longley
Jenna Rain Warwick
First Nations Engagement Coordinator
Jenna Rain Warwick is an emerging Artist and published Writer living and working on the unceded Kulin lands of Birraranga/ Naarm. Born in Mossman, Queensland, a proud Luritja Woman, Jenna’s published work speaks to her desire to champion the creative imagination of First Nations peoples. Jenna graduated with a Bachelor of Art History and Curating from Monash University in 2021 . She is adamant that critical engagement with First Nation’s work should come from First Nations voices first and foremost. Jenna’s work seeks to challenge the notion of objectivity believing that objectivity is not an absolute state and that it may only somewhat occur when the authors’ relativity to subject is actualised, to be objective to the world is inaccessible colonial desire, impossible and somewhat short sighted. She has written for Un Projects, Art and Australia and others.
Photograph: Hayley Millar-Baker
Manager, Partnerships and CommunicationsLouise Joel has over 15 years’ experience in the Australian and international arts sectors. Having worked for private galleries, auction houses, large public museums and in the not for profit arts sector she has a strong network and expertise in navigating the ecosystem of the Australian arts industry. As an arts manager Louise has managed more than 15 touring exhibitions of contemporary Australian art to over 20 venues across Asia and Australia.She holds qualifications in art history, a Master’s in Art Business as well as an MBA.
Jessica Row has worked for a number of public, university and not-for-profit arts organisations in Melbourne and Brisbane, recently as Assistant Curator for Latrobe Regional Gallery and Bayside City Council Art Gallery. She worked at the 2017 and 2019 Venice Biennales, as a member of Australia Council for the Art’s team to present Tracey Moffatt and Angelica Mesiti’s respective exhibitions at the Australia Pavilion. Jessica holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art.
Jessica is passionate about delivering high-quality exhibitions and public programs that promote inclusion, accessibility, understanding, enjoyment and advancement for individuals and communities through arts & culture.
Erin Mathews is a gallery professional who is passionate about equality curating. She specialises in dynamic exhibition design and development, combined with detailed researching and writing. Erin is driven to promote equality through curatorial practice and provide access to the arts for the whole community.
Erin has completed a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne. Her professional experience includes working in regional galleries such as Gippsland Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery in Victoria, as well as working internationally with JGM Art Ltd in London. She has curated numerous exhibitions include Space: 50 Years Since Man First Stepped On The Moon, the biennial John Leslie Art Prize 2018 and 2020, Lesley Duxbury, Echo: A Survey and Heather Shimmen, The Ladies of the Pleiades.
Photograph: Hayley Duyn