Team

  • 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

  • Isobel Morphy-Walsh

    Taun Wurrung
    First Nations Engagement Coordinator

    Isobel Morphy-Walsh is a proud Nirim Baluk Woman from the Taun Wurrung (Taungurung) people. She is a lover of anecdote, an artist, activist, educator, curator, storyteller and weaver.

    Isobel’s creative practice is wide ranging and includes: weaving, lino printing, painting, fabric creation, woodwork, cultural objects and adornments, and more recently metals.

    Isobel’s curatorial practice extends to education and has a strong and deliberate focus on First Nations narratives. She supports the need to decolonize, particularly through the treatment and interpretation of artworks, objects and images, with a focus on the communities they come from and approaches taken in development. Isobel embeds the values of her culture and ancestors in all that she does.

    Photograph (detail): Victoria Morphy

  • Jessica Row

    Exhibitions Coordinator

    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

    Exhibitions Coordinator &
    Manager, Partnerships and Communications

    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 over ten years experience working in galleries, the majority as a curator, and as part of her work she enjoys running tours, facilitating panels and making podcasts.

    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

     

  • Sophia Cai

    Exhibitions and Administration Coordinator

    Sophia Cai 蔡晨昕 is a curator, arts writer and knitter. Sophia is particularly interested in Asian art histories, the intersections between contemporary art and craft, and feminist curatorial methodologies and community-building as forms of political resistance.

    Sophia completed her Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London in 2014, specialising in contemporary Chinese art post 1979. Prior to this, she graduated from the Australian National University with a First-Class Honours degree in Art History and Curatorship in 2011, receiving the Janet Wilkie Art History Prize for her thesis on contemporary Chinese photography.

    As an independent curator Sophia has worked on a number of projects. Recent exhibitions include Sincerely Yours at West Space and Arts Project Australia, Home is More Than a Place at Hamilton Gallery with NETS Victoria, and The Four Letter Word at Artbank as part of its Emerging Curators Program. Her ongoing project Disobedient Daughters has been exhibited at Metro Arts (2018) and Counihan Gallery (2021), and was accompanied by a printed catalogue with newly commissioned writing by 10 Asian-Australian writers.