Gallery Coordinator (Associate Member)
Martina Copley (Gallery Administrator 2013 -) is a multi-disciplinary artist, independent curator and writer. Martina has significant experience as an independent curator and gallery manager. She was arts ambassador for the Australian Pavilion of the 2001 Venice Biennale and is the founding curator of MAILBOX 141. Recent curatorial projects include Self Species, LaTrobe University VAC Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Maroondah Art Gallery (2012); The Five Obstructions, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA (2011) and WALK, a national touring exhibition with NETS Victoria (2009). With a BFA from Prahran College, and an Honours degree in Art Curatorship and Museum Management from the University of Melbourne, Martina is currently studying a Masters of Contemporary Art at the VCA.
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Claire Anna Watson (Chair 2012-, Sponsorship & Funding Coordinator 2011-12, Member 2010-) is Art Curator at Banyule City Council. Prior to this she was the Visual Arts Program Coordinator at Asialink. Curatorial projects include Unravelled (2011), Sojourn in White (2008) and Hockey Plot (2008). Claire’s multi-disciplinary art practice is centred on ephemerality and public space. She exhibits works nationally and internationally and holds a MFA from Monash University and a Grad. Cert. in Public Art from RMIT University. With a passion for collaborative models and international projects, Claire is also an advocate for artists and strategic development within the public gallery sector. She regularly writes on Australian contemporary arts practices and has served on various panels including Arts Victoria.
Andrew Tetzlaff (Treasurer 2013-, Chair 2010-12, Member 2008-) is Coordinator of the international Artist in Residence Program at RMIT University (since 2011), the Gallery Administrator for RMIT’s Project Space/Spare Room and School of Art Gallery (since 2007), the secretary to the School of Art Galleries Advisory Committee (since 2007) and is a practicing Melbourne artist and curator. Andrew is a graduate of Tufts University (BA summa cum laude, 2002), the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (BFA, 2002) and RMIT University (MFA, 2006). He has exhibited works in private and public galleries in Australia, the US, Japan and Austria.
Shae Nagorcka (Secretary 2012-, Vice Chair 2013-, Gallery Administrator 2011-13, Treasurer 2010-12, Member 2010-,) completed his BA (2008) and BA Hons (2010) within the school of Theory of Art & Design at Monash University. In 2008 he contributed the written catalogue texts: Now 2.0, Inner Conflict, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and Perfect from Now On for exhibitions at Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, and Inflight Gallery, Tasmania. Shae is an active member of the Gertrude Contemporary community: he curated We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us in 2008. He was also a contributing writer to the publication “21:100:100” (2008). He is currently an installation and curatorial assistant at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects (since 2008).
Raymonda Rajkowski (Sponsorship & Funding Coordinator 2013-, Member 2012-) was a founding member, former Co-Director and Secretary (until 2011) of Boxcopy, Brisbane. She has worked in administrative roles at a range of art museums and galleries, including UQ Art Museum (2006), QUT Art Museum (2006-07), Institute of Modern Art (2007) and in the Managerial Research department at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (2008-2012). Raymonda holds an Honours degree (Fine Art) at Queensland University of Technology (2004) and an Honours degree (Art History) at University of Queensland (2007), and is currently undertaking a Masters in Cultural Material Conservation at University of Melbourne.
Felicity Strong (Social Media Coordinator 2013-, Member 2012-) is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, researching instances of art forgery in contemporary culture. Previous roles include Gallery Assistant at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, and Projects Coordinator at Art Education Victoria (2010-11). She coordinated Art Education Australia’s South East Asia-Pacific Congress (2010) and has volunteered for organisations including the NGV (2011), Melbourne International Fine Art (2011), Idea Generation Gallery, London (2009), Tate Modern/Tate Britain (2009) and Queensland Art Gallery (2007). She holds an Honours Degree in Art History (2007), a Master of Art Curatorship (2011) and has curated shows at Brunswick Street Gallery, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art and the University of NSW.
Blaine Cooper (Vice Treasurer 2013-, Treasurer 2012, Co-Marketing & Media Coordinator 2011-12, Member 2011-) is a practicing artist with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from Monash University (2007). A member of Melbourne based collaborative Safari Team since 2006, he has exhibited extensively throughout Melbourne, Sydney as well as abroad in Italy and Canada; showcasing their unique brand of interdisciplinary practice Safari Team use video, installation, collage, painting, drawing and sculpture. Blaine’s installation practice has led him to further study where he is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT University, whilst focusing further on his solo practice, curating and writing with a constant interest in experimental video, story telling and drawing.
Elise Murphy (Editor 2013-, Sponsorship & Funding Coordinator 2012-, Member 2010-) is Programs Manager, Community Engagement at Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria. Elise has worked in various public programming, curatorial, arts coordination and teaching roles at the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands (2008-09), the National Museum of Australia in Canberra (2007-08), the Centre for Adult Education (2004-06), the University of Melbourne (2003) and RMIT University Gallery (2001-03). She completed her Honours degree in Art History and Literature at the University of Melbourne (2001), and was awarded the Dwight Final Examination Prize for Art History, Classics & Archaeology.
Jessica O’Brien (Media and Marketing Coordinator 2013-) is an independent writer and curator. She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne (2011), and completed her internship at the National Gallery of Victoria. Having worked as Assistant Registrar at Deutscher and Hackett auction house, she is currently employed at Asialink, assisting with artist residencies and exchanges. Jessica has curated a number of shows at artist run initiatives, and is a former board member of Seventh Gallery. In 2012 she co-curated New Babylon as part of Next Wave Festival, and took part in the Singapore<>Brisbane Exchange, a residency and exhibition focused on rapid urban development.
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Robert Heather (Advisor 2010-, Member 2006-2009) is the Manager, Collections Interpretation at the State Library of Victoria, responsible for exhibitions and publishing programs. Prior to commencing the appointment of Manager, Events and Exhibitions (2006-2010) at the State Library he was the Director of Artspace Mackay (2002-2006). His extensive career in the visual arts has included roles as the Executive Director of the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland (1999-2002), Marketing Manager and Deputy Director at Cairns Regional Gallery (1995-99) and Queensland Art Gallery. Robert has volunteered on a number of boards including Flying Arts Inc., Queensland Museum, The University of Queensland Art Museum and he is currently Treasurer of the Print Council of Australia.
Daine Singer (Advisor 2010-, Member 2006-2009) owns a commercial gallery in Flinders Lane. Prior to establishing her own gallery she worked as an independent curator. Amongst her curatorial projects were exhibitions for Experimenta, the National Gallery of Victoria, CAST Gallery and BLINDSIDE. Previously Daine held positions including Associate Curator at Experimenta Media Arts, Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery and prior to that Curator of Melbourne’s Chinese Museum. She has a BA (art history and history), Grad Dip in Arts Management and Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.
Natalie Kazakis (Graphic Designer 2007-, Advisor 2010-, Member 2007-2009) has been a volunteer and committee member with BLINDSIDE since 2007. She oversees and designs the promotional material for exhibitions, including invitations, catalogues, and print ads for such magazines as Australian Art Collector, and Art Almanac. She has completed studies at Brighton Bay Art, Design & Photography (2002) and holds a BA Design (Visual Communication) (2005) and a BA Design, Hons (Visual Communication) (2007) from Monash University. Natalie has been a member of the Australian Graphic Designers Association (since 2005), and was in the Top 20 short-listed artists for: AG Ideas, Fabrica Scholarship, the Collie Trust Award, and “Before & After” Competition (2004).
Kristin McIver Kristin has been running a website business for over twelve years whilst also maintaining a highly acclaimed arts practice. Kristin helps to ensure that BLINDSIDE’s website remains current and dynamic.
Public Program Coordinator
Natalya Maller Natalya is responsible for coordinating the diverse public programs at BLINDSIDE including forums, artist/curator talks and special events. Natalya’s experience includes roles at the NGV, Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries, and Queensland Art Gallery.
Estelle Joannou Estelle is a trained photographer who was recently awarded a RMIT Sieman’s Fine Art Scholarship. Through her photography skills, she captures our talks, workshops and events ensuring that if you can’t make it, you can still get a taste for our program by visiting our Facebook page!
Education Program Coordinator
Xanthe Dobbie Xanthe looks after the education program at BLINDSIDE. Every week we receive cultural tours of Melbourne city through groups such as Art Aficionado, Walk to Art and Meltours. We also enjoy providing talks to school groups from a range of secondary schools and higher degree colleges.
Laura Batch Laura assists with gallery administration duties. She first came to our attention as an artist and we presented her work in BLINDSIDE’s inaugural Festival Everywhere But Here (2012). She is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at VCA.
Isabel O’Brien Isabel assists with gallery administration and front of house duties. She has an extensive exhibiting history as a practicing artist and brings a range of skills to BLINDSIDE including experience assisting with projects at Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
Chloe Mann is a practicing artist who assists BLINDSIDE on a range of administrative and front-of house duties. She is studying a Master of Public Art at RMIT University.
Rachael Warren helps us out one day a week, greeting our patrons and assisting with the effective management of the space. She studied art history and curatorship at the Australian National University.
Past BLINDSIDE Committee Members
Adele Macer (Member 2010-2012); Natalya Maller (Member 2008-2012, Secretary 2010-2011); Julian White (Member 2007-2011, Gallery Administrator 2008-2011); Julietta Park (Advisor 2010-2011, Member 2009); Drew Pettifer (Advisor 2010-2011, Member 2008-2009); Jared Davis (Member 2009-2010); Hanna Tai (Member 2010); Melanie Upton (Member 2009); Holly Arden (Member 2008-2009); Natalie Kazakis (Member 2007-2009), Designer 2007 – Current); Linda Good (Member 2006-2008); Marion Piper (Member 2006-2008); Joanna Collyvas (Member 2007); Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury (Member 2007); Robert Heather (Member 2006-2009); Daine Singer (Member 2006-2009); Jessie Borrelle (Member 2005-2007); Chris Howlett (Member 2006); Rosie Mahoney (Member 2004-2006); Simon Koger (Founder 2004, Member 2004-2007); Renai Grace (Founder 2004, Member 2004-2006); Christine Morrow (Founder 2004, Member 2004-2006); Pip Haydon (Founder 2004, Member 2004-2006); Asim Memishi (Member 2004-2005)
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BLINDSIDE's projects have been assisted by the Australian Government
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body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the
Australian, State and Territory Governments.