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Amrit Kaur Gill

Amrit Kaur Gill
Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer

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Amrit joined 4A as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer in February 2021. She is an arts and cultural worker with experience in producing, programming, strategy, international relations, community development and social enterprise. From 2013 to early 2021, Amrit worked at the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory agency. As the Council’s Director of International Development, she led on international strategic investment across artforms, overseeing the Venice Biennale project and implementation of the agency’s first international arts strategy, expanding engagement and investment in Asia and global First Nations exchange. Earlier in her career, Amrit held roles at Milk Crate Theatre, the British Council Australia, and Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE). She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of New South Wales.

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Nuala Furtado

Nuala Furtado
General Manager

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Nuala Furtado is a producer/ programmer with over 10 years of experience working across contemporary practice and experimental forms from inside Australian festivals and small-medium arts organisations. As Executive Producer/ CEO at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (2018-2021), Nuala was instrumental in the organisational shift to a collaborative cultural leadership model, implementing an Artistic Directorate of 5 practicing mid-career Artists. In this role she developed and produced focused creative and professional development opportunities for the next generation of Australian creative innovators. Nuala holds a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. As a participant in the Future Leaders program at the Australia Council for the Arts (2019), Nuala is currently investigating her own diverse cultural heritage as a first generation Australian with a Goan-Indian father and a Northern-Irish Catholic mother. Nuala brings her understanding of difference to all aspects of her work and is deeply invested in programming and presenting marginalised voices and new narratives.

nuala.furtado[@]4a.com.au

Mariam Arcilla, Gadigal land, 2020.

Mariam Arcilla
Communications and Development Manager

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Mariam Arcilla is an artsworker who collaborates with creatives and institutions to turn radiant ideas into exhibitions, publications, dialogues, and digital resources. She was raised in a household of interdisciplinary artists, which led her to pursue an elastic career as a communications strategist, creative producer, writer, editor and digital marketer. Mariam has held co-founding director roles in galleries and artist-run initiatives, as well as senior roles in governments, cultural agencies, and global tech companies. She has worked on programs, strategies, and campaigns with bodies such as Museum of Brisbane, Institute of Modern Art, THE WALLS, Asia Pacific Design Library, Art Month Sydney, STATION Australia, Gold Coast City Gallery (now HOTA), and Liquid Architecture. During her time in Queensland, Mariam contributed to cross-sector government implementation of policies and programs for artists, designers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Her text and editorial work is placed in institutional books and digital platforms, and in publications like VAULT, Running Dog, Neue Luxury, Art Collector, Art Guide, Runway, and Broadsheet. Mariam is of Filipino-Singaporean descent and immigrated to Yugambeh & Kombumerri lands in 1996. She has worked in the Australian arts sector since 2006 and holds a BA Hons (First Class) and Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from Griffith University. Mariam joined 4A in mid 2020 and lives on Gadigal land.

mariam.arcilla[@]4a.com.au

Bridie Moran

Bridie Moran
Stakeholder Manager

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Bridie Moran is an arts manager, editor and programmer, with extensive experience in art, craft and publishing, who has worked for over a decade with contemporary art and cultural organisations. From 2016-2017, Bridie was 4A’s Manager, Development, Communications and Marketing, and from 2017-2019 was the 4A Engagement and Development Manager before moving to lead the organisation as Acting Director from November 2019 - January 2021 and as Executive Director from January 2021 - April 2021, before moving into her current role. Bridie has delivered a range of exhibitions, programs, public art projects and publications across Australia and the Asia region, and was from 2017-2018 Board Director at Sydney artist-run initiative Firstdraft, and is Assistant Editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. She has worked at Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, and the Australian National Maritime Museum, as inaugural Program Manager of the Australia Council for the Arts’ National Craft Initiative, Executive Producer of Arts and Culture at FBi Radio, and as Partnerships and Marketing Manager at The Walkley Foundation. Bridie has a strong interest in arts governance, diversity, and craft practice, and in 2016 completed a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney. Bridie is currently a PhD candidate at the University of NSW and Curator on the 4A touring exhibition Drawn by stones. Bridie lives and works on unceded Awabakal lands.

bridie.moran[@]4a.com.au

Con Gerakaris

Con Gerakaris
Curatorial Program Manager

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Con is a curator, arts administrator and writer and currently is the Curatorial Program Manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Con has curated James Jirat Patradoon: ULTRA (2021); Holding Patterns (2020); DARK FANTASY (2019) and Chris Yee: HI MEDUSA! (2019) for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Independently, he curated the exhibitions D A R K S E A – Lynn Nguyen and J.S.D. Andrews (2019), goodspace, Chippendale; CITIZENS OF NO PLACE (2018), Down/Under Space, Chippendale; and IT’S PRONOUNCED “GIF” NOT “GIF” (2017), goodspace, Chippendale. Con programmed the inaugural Club 4A for Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2018 and instigated, curated and produced for 4A Digital throughout 2020 and 2021. He has published articles for 4A Papers, un. extended, Runway Conversations and Art Collector. Con completed a Bachelor of Arts (HONS) in 2013 and a Master of Art Curating in 2016 at the University of Sydney.

con.gerakaris[@]4a.com.au

Reina Takeuchi

Reina Takeuchi
Curatorial Program Producer

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Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, curator and dance maker interested in interdisciplinary collaboration. Influenced by her experiences living peripatetically across East and Southeast Asia during her youth, Takeuchi uses an auto-ethnographic approach to her art/performance processes. Her practice spans across visual arts, choreography, curatorial projects, written publications and creative facilitation. She has contributed to publications including Ausdance Qld, Delving into Dance, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Art magazine, 4A Papers and Runway Journal. Her curatorial projects have included installations at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and Holding Patterns, Truc Truong: hai con lân việt kiều, and Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Takeuchi holds a Master of Philosophy in Creative Practice from QUT, Advanced Diploma in Dance Performance from the Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year and is currently a PhD candidate at QUT, focussing on Asia-Pacific performance and curatorial projects.

reina.takeuchi[@]4a.com.au 

Lucia Tường Vy Nguyễn

Lucia Tường Vy Nguyễn
Gallery Assistant

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Lucia Tường Vy Nguyễn is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and arts worker living and working on unceded Dharug and Gadigal land. She joined 4A for its Lunar New Year activations in 2019, and now assists in communications. She is interested in exploring dichotomies of control and chaos in her own writing, which has been featured in publications such as Runway Journal, Kill Your Darlings and Voiceworks. She is a member of The Writing Zone, a mentoring program hosted by the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. In 2021, she was selected for Writing NSW’s development program for emerging editors. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Communications & Media (Journalism) at The University of Notre Dame Australia. 

lucia.nguyen[@]4a.com.au

Nicole Beck

Nicole Beck
Gallery Assistant

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Nicole Beck is an emerging curator, arts worker and producer, living and working on unceded land belonging to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. She started at 4A as an intern in 2019, and now works to support the gallery’s production and programming. During 2020-2021, Nicole curated digital and IRL parties with collective Room 2 Radio, celebrating Sydney's diverse electronic music scene. She is also behind 'Whole New World', a re-occuring party celebrating queer and PC music culture. For five years Nicole volunteered on So Hot Right Now, 2SER’s arts and culture program. During her time on the program Nicole worked as producer, executive producer and host, striving to elevate and support Sydney’s independent and DIY arts community in all these roles. In 2020, Nicole co-curated her first group show (dis)assembling care with Amelia Lazberger at AIRspace Projects Inc. She graduated from a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design in 2021. Prior to this further study, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Communication (Media, Arts and Production) at The University of Technology Sydney.

nicole.beck[@]4a.com.au

Board
Julie Ewington

Chair (Julie Ewington)
Chair

Julie Ewington is a specialist on contemporary Australian art, working in Sydney as an independent writer and curator. From 1997-2014 she worked at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, leading its Australian art department from 2001, and contributing as a curator to the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series of exhibitions between 1996-2012, with a special emphasis on artists from Southeast Asia. Over four decades she has also contributed to the Australian cultural field as an academic, including at the University of Sydney, and through arts organisations including the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (1994-8). Julie was a founder member of the Women’s Art Movement, Adelaide (1976) and the Artworkers Union, Sydney (1979-80), and is currently a member of the Foundation Council of the Power Institute, University of Sydney, and the Board of the Samstag Museum, Adelaide. In 2014 she was awarded the Emeritus Medal for her work as a writer, curator and advocate from the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board.

Deputy Chair (John Choi)

Deputy Chair (John Choi)
Deputy Chair

John Choi is co-founder of CHROFI, a dynamic architectural practice that operates across a wide portfolio from houses to cities. Established in 2000, the practice’s founding design, TKTS booth at centre of Times Square in New York, has been widely recognised for its design excellence and innovation, from fields as varied as planning, architecture, branding, public space and tourism. Awards include New York Art Commission Award, World Architectural Festival Award, Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, and has been cited as New York’s Building of the Decade. Other key projects include Stamford on Macquarie, Lune de Sang, The Goods Line with Aspect Studios, Millstream Lookout and Mona Vale House. In 2012, John was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and in 2014, was prize recipient in AR International Award for Emerging Architecture. John has lectured extensively on architectural design, is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at University of Sydney, and serves on Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel.

Treasurer (Adrian Williams)

Treasurer (Adrian Williams)
Treasurer

Adrian Williams is Chief Financial Officer at NewForests, a Sydney-based investment management firm. He has 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting within large Australian and global organisations. Prior to joining New Forests, Adrian held a number of senior leadership roles in investment and funds management, real estate, media, and accountancy. Adrian has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of NSW. He is also a Certified Practising Accountant and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Adrian has a strong history of community involvement and board memberships across a range of not-for-profit and social enterprises in the arts sector and assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue careers in finance and accounting.

Sue Acret

Sue Acret
Board member

Sue Acret is an art advisor, writer and collector with 20 years experience in the field of  contemporary Asian art. She is a former editor of Art AsiaPacific magazine as well as a book editor. Sue spent 13 years in Hong Kong, during which time she worked with the Asia Art Archive and as a freelance writer and editor. In 2010 she co-founded Art Asia Advisory. Sue returned to Sydney in 2014 and continues her freelance and advisory practices.

Rainbow Chan

Rainbow Chan
Board member

Rainbow Chan is a vocalist, music producer and interdisciplinary artist. Driven by a mixture of DIY aesthetics and postcolonial discourse, her works investigates the diasporic imagination through tales of love and loss. Chan has performed at Sydney Opera House, Vivid, MONA FOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Iceland Airwaves, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Tai Kwun. Her record “Pillar” (2019) was nominated for the Australian Music Prize and featured on community radio nationwide. In 2017, her single “Let Me” won the FBi SMAC Award for Best Song.Chan is currently part of Artspace’s One Year Studio Program and is researching 圍頭Weitou women’s oral history. She is a passionate mentor and has worked with MusicNSW, I.C.E Parramatta, Hack Sounds and Sydney Conservatorium where she teaches in Contemporary Music Studies. In 2020, Chan received her MFA from UNSW Art & Design.

Caroline Choy

Caroline Choy
Board member

Caroline Choy is a Project Director for Stockland’s commercial property business with over 20 years experience in the real estate industry, holding previous roles with AMP Capital and Westfield. She joins the 4A Board with a keen interest in the arts and having also worked previously on projects for the Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian War Memorial, Powerhouse Museum, and South Australian Museum.

Elizabeth Pakchung

Elizabeth Pakchung
Board member

Elizabeth Pakchung is a company director, lawyer, and supporter of Fashion, Art and Architecture.   She is currently a Director of H&M Australia & NZ (part of the global fashion H&M Group), Oranges & Sardines Foundation, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.  Elizabeth is also a supporter of Australia at the Venice Art Biennale and the National Gallery of Australia, a Patron of the Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas, a Member of the International Women’s Forum, and was a Member of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) Centre for Fashion Designers Circle.  Prior to her director career, Elizabeth was a corporate lawyer at global law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) for over 25 years and was a partner of the firm for many years.

Maree Di Pasquale

Maree Di Pasquale
Board member

Maree Di Pasquale has held cultural leadership positions across greater Asia and is credited with successfully relaunching Melbourne Art Fair in the Melbourne Arts Precinct as a leading showcase for the Australasian contemporary art market. She was Director of Strategic Partnerships at MCB Visit Victoria (2016-2017) and a member of the leadership team for Art Fairs Australia (2010-2016), where she played a pivotal role in revitalising projects and developing ventures in new markets, most notably as founding Director of Art Central Hong Kong (2014-2016) and Assistant Director of Sydney Contemporary (2013, 2015) and Melbourne Art Fair (2014). During her time in the United Arab Emirates, Di Pasquale managed exhibitor relations and delivered public programs for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Art Fair and the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, the latter in partnership with global teams for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum (2009-2010). Di Pasquale holds a BA Visual Arts (Creative Industries) from QUT, and a MA in Marketing from Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne.

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Nusra Latif Qureshi
Board member

As an artist Nusra’s practice has developed through an in-depth study of conventional South Asian painting techniques in conjunction with image manipulation softwares. Her work ranges from small, highly detailed paintings to large scale digital prints that engage with the visual histories of South Asian region and Australian culture, pulling apart and reconfiguring the found patterns to construct new narratives.

Her extensive exhibition history includes shows in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. Nusra’s work features in several private and institutional collections around the world, including the British Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, QAGOMA, and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. She has been designing and offering public programs including lectures, artist’s talks and workshops in collaboration with art institutions on an ongoing basis. In 2019, her design was selected for the ART Tram project as part of Melbourne Art Festival; Nusra was the recipient of Bulgari Art Award in the same year.

Michael Rolfe

Michael Rolfe
Board member

Now retired, Michael Rolfe was CEO of Museums and Galleries of NSW from October 2010 to December 2020, and has over 30 years experience working primarily in the visual arts. Rolfe brings an in-depth overview of funding, governance and policy, and importantly, a commitment to supporting art and artists.

 Hannah Skrzynski

Hannah Skrzynski

Hannah Skrzynski is Director of Creative Asia, a consultancy producing cross-cultural arts projects between Australia and Asia. She has extensive experience working in the Australia-Asia cultural field, and is a Mandarin speaker. Hannah’s not for profit interests include directorship on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the Atelier Council of the Art Gallery of NSW, The Sky Foundation and membership of the Australian Ballet Ambassadors’ group.

Alumni

Previous Directors

Melissa Chiu, 1999 – 2001

Gia Nghi Phung, 2002

Linda Goodman, 2003 – 2004

Binghui Huangfu, 2004 – 2006

Aaron Seeto, 2008 – 2015

Mikala Tai,  2015 – 2020

Previous staff

Melissa Chiu, Curator, 1996 – 1999

Vicente Butron, Project Manager, 1996-1998

My Le Thi, Assistant, 1997 – 1999

Tiffany Lee- Shoy, Assistant Curator, 1999 – 2001

Aaron Seeto, Gallery Assistant / Curator, 2001 – 2004

Gia Nghi Phung, Gallery Assistant / Gallery Manager/ Acting Director, 2000 – 2001

Jennifer Kwok, Marketing & Public Relations, 1999 – 2003

Natalie Seiz, Administration Coordinator, 2001 – 2002

Jacqueline Thomas, Gallery Assistant, 2001 – 2003

Adelle Kilian, Administration, 2005

Brianna Munting, Administration, 2005

Owen Leong, Administration, 2005

Imogen Yang, Acting Gallery Manager, 2006-2007

Evelyn Liong, Gallery Coordinator, 2006

Julia Flanagan, Gallery Coordinator, 2006 – 2008

Tom Sylva, Administration, 2006

Luke Leonard, Administration, 2006

Rod Murray, Gallery Manager, 2006

Yeehwan Yeoh, Gallery Coordinator, 2007 – 2009

Summar Hipworth, Program Manager, 2009 – 2012

Annette Wiguna, Community Projects Officer, 2010

Simon Soon, Community Projects Officer, 2011 – 2012

Yangping Zhang, Gallery Assistant, 2008 – 2010

Samuel Zammit, Gallery Assistant / Gallery Coordinator / Program Coordinator, 2010 – 2013

Yu Ye Wu, Gallery Assistant / Communications Assistant / Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 2008 – 2015

Yuting Chen Intern/Project Assistant 2014

Joanna Bayndrian, Marketing & Gallery Assistant, 2015

Ashanti Fogden, Marketing & Gallery Assistant, 2015

Jessica Kostera, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 2015 – 2016

Dean Worthington, Marketing Project Manager, 2016

Toby Chapman, Community Projects Officer / Assistant Curator / Curator, 2011 – 2016

Isabelle Hore-Thorburn, Gallery Assistant – Research, 2016 – 2017

Harriet Reid, Gallery Assistant – Research, 2016 – 2017

Pedro de Almeida, Program Manager / Business Manager, 2012 – 2019

Micheal Do, Assistant Curator, 2016 – 2020

Kai Wasikowski, Operations and Production Coordinator, 2017 – 2020

Robert Henningham, Marketing and Programs Coordinator, 2019 – 2020

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