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, she has strong connections to Kuku Yalanji Country and the Kabi Kabi lands on which she grew up. A proud Luritja Woman, Jenna’s published work speaks to her desire to champion the creative imagination of First Nations peoples. In 2020, she will be graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Art History and Curating. 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, The Dead End Film Festival and more.
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.
Shae Nagorcka is responsible for the logistics, registration, presentation and installation support of the exhibition program, learning programs and administrative support. Shae Nagorcka is a Melbourne based producer and curator. Previously the Exhibitions and Studios Manager for Gertrude Contemporary, Shae has curated projects for Gertrude Contemporary, Next Wave Festival and BLINDSIDE as well having worked with organisations including Abbotsford Convent, C3 Contemporary, Neon Parc and Dianne Tanzer Gallery. Shae holds a Bachelor of Arts Hons majoring in Theory of Art and Design from Monash University.
Jessica Row is responsible for the logistics, registration, presentation and installation support of the exhibition program, learning programs and administrative support. She has worked for a number of public, university and artist-run galleries in Melbourne and Brisbane, evidenced through her recent work as Assistant Curator at Latrobe Regional Gallery and as ongoing Curator/Committee Member for KINGS Artist-Run. Jessica worked at the 2017 and 2019 Venice Biennales, as a member of Australia Council for the Art’s Professional Development Team to present the Australia Pavilion’s exhibitions. She has also worked and curated for Bayside City Council Art Gallery, Liquid Architecture, Jugglers Art Space, Griffith University Art Gallery and MAAP: Media Art Asia Pacific. 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.