Mariam Arcilla is an artsworker and storyteller who works across writing, editing producing, arts communications, and gallery management. Since 2006, she has partnered with artists and organisations to turn radiant ideas into exhibitions, publications, dialogues, and resources. Mariam joined 4A in June 2020, and is also the Deputy Chair at Runway Journal and a Future Leaders participant at the Australia Council for the Arts. Prior to this, she held senior roles at museums, commercial galleries, tech companies, cultural policy boards, and public sector departments in Queensland and New South Wales. Born to a Filipino artist and air-stewardess mother, Mariam spent her childhood in the Philippines, Singapore, and Hong Kong, before immigrating to Australia in 1996. She kicked off her arts career on the Gold Coast, where she co-founded and managed creative-led initiatives. She later dreamed up campaigns and programs in collaboration with leading bodies, including Institute of Modern Art, Arts Queensland, City of Gold Coast, Museum of Brisbane, Powerhouse Museum, THE WALLS, State Library of Queensland, and HOTA. As a writer, Mariam's text is published in VAULT, Running Dog, Art Collector, and Art Guide. She lives on Gadigal land, and holds a BA Hons (First Class) and BCA in Contemporary Art & Writing from Griffith University.
Image: Mariam at home on Gadigal Land; photo: Eloise Fuss, 2020.