Gallery Staff

Martina Copley | Gallery Coordinator (Gallery Coordinator 2013-, Associate Member 2013-) is an artist, curator and writer interested in different modalities of practice and the annotative space. Working in film and sound, drawing and installation, she is researching a PhD of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Martina has significant experience as an independent curator of contemporary art and gallery manager in public, commercial and artist-run contexts. In 2001 she was arts ambassador for the Australian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale and curated WALK, a national touring exhibition with NETS Victoria in 2009. She was the founding curator of MAILBOX an independent public art space in Melbourne CBD, established in 2006.

Claire Grech | Assistant Gallery Coordinator (Assistant Gallery Coordinator 2016-) is a conservation scientist currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Melbourne, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry) and a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation. Her research is focused on the preservation of modern paintings in hot and humid climates, with a specific interest in the behaviour of acrylic paintings in Southeast Asia. She was the Australian Conservation Science Fellow at Harvard Art Museums (2015-2016), and has previously interned at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and volunteered for the Women’s Art Register, Richmond.

Kel Glaister | Gallery Technician  has recently joined BLINDSIDE to advise and assist exhibiting artists with the installation and deinstallation of their work.

Board of Directors 

Verity Hayward | Executive (Chair 2015-, Artistic Director 2015-, Curator 2014-, Secretary 2014) is an independent curator and arts writer who lives and works in Melbourne. She is currently Administrator of RMIT:ART:INTERSECT. In 2015 she was selected to be an Exhibition Venue Attendant for the Australian Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale. She holds a Masters of Arts Management from RMIT University (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Arts History from the University of Queensland (2012). She also sat on the RMIT School of Art Galleries Advisory Committee from 2013-2015. Verity has undertaken volunteer roles at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (2012), Love Love Studios, Brisbane (2011-2012), and RMIT Design Hub (2013). She was also an installation assistant for the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art's Asia Pacific Triennial in 2012. 

Ian Macwhirter | Executive (Treasurer 2015-, OH&S Coordinator 2015-, Vice Treasurer 2014) is a qualified accountant with over thirty years experience in commercial and not-for-profit businesses. His experience encompasses finance, system implementation, project management and training. He is currently with Mental Health Professionals Network and prior to this in managerial positions at Melbourne Health, HCS Australia and ICI Australia. He has a passion for the arts, innovation and social inclusion and expression.

Lili Belle Birchall | Executive (Secretary 2016-) is currently completing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management degree at the University of Melbourne where she completed her Honours Degree in Art History. In 2015 she was selected to be an Exhibition Attendant in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Fiona Hall’s Wrong Way Time exhibition. Lili Belle currently works in visitor services at Heide Museum of Modern Art and has volunteered at numerous public art galleries including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Ian Potter Museum of Art, and the Medical History Museum at the University of Melbourne. Her experience includes assisting with front-of-house operations, cataloguing collections, curatorial projects and coordinating events.

Lucie McIntosh | Executive (Vice Chair 2016-, Grants Coordinator & Curator 2015-, Member 2014-) is a visual artist, photographer and curator based in Melbourne. Lucie completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours) with First Class at RMIT university in 2015, majoring in Print Imaging Practice. Lucie has a deep commitment to the independent arts community and has volunteered her time to a number of not–for–profit and contemporary art projects. Lucie's exhibition and research based practice explores politics surrounding notions of the image and the materialities of the photographic ‘image object’. Lucie’s work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the Testing Grounds in Melbourne.

Arvind Vasan (Vice Treasurer 2015-) is currently working within Group Strategy at the National Australia Bank and was previously a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and the Monitor Group working across Europe, Middle East and Australia.  His area of focus over the last 10 years and more has been on corporate strategy and finance, strategic planning and team development.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (2009) as well as Bachelor of Engineering (2004) and Bachelor of Science (2004) degrees from the University of Melbourne. Arvind’s passions lie in supporting the development of emerging artists in both contemporary and traditional forms.

Lisa Mansfield (Graphic Designer 2016-, Media and Marketing Coordinator 2015) is a senior designer and media planner with over twenty years publishing experience including positions at The Sydney Morning HeraldBelle magazine and The Big Issue. Lisa is passionate about the arts and not–for–profit/social enterprise business models. A visual artist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Sydney (2005), her work has been included in The Blake Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and Next Wave Festival.

Philippa Brumby (Development Coordinator 2016-) is a Melbourne-based arts manager with a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management (2014) and Bachelor of Arts, Honours (2012) from the University of Melbourne. Currently working in Exhibition Management at the National Gallery of Victoria, she has previously fulfilled the role of Assistant Gallery Manager at Centre for Contemporary Photography (2015 – 2016) and worked with the Australia Council for the Arts through their Professional Development Program as Gallery Attendant at the Venice Biennale (2015). She has also served as carer advocate on the Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Council (2012 – 2015).

Hana Vasak (Education Program Coordinator 2016-) is currently a candidate of the Masters of Art – Arts Management at RMIT University, where she completed her Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) in 2012. Hana loves to be active in the arts community and is currently working as a Gallery Attendant at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as an Arts Facilitator at Footscray Community Arts Centre, and as the Exhibition Coordinator at the Department of Foreign Affairs Immigration and Trade for the Federal Republic of West Papua. Hana’s experience working, interning and volunteering in the arts includes working on curatorial projects, project management, exhibiting as well as administration and front-of-house operations.

Eliza Tiernan (Social Media Coordinator 2017-) is currently completing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management degree at the University of Melbourne. Eliza has been involved in various social media roles including Social Media Strategist for Seventh Gallery and Social Media Coordinator at Letitia Morris Gallery. Her experience stems from her involvement with a range of arts and cultural organisations including West Space, Mossgreen, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Fringe Furniture, Road to Refuge and Cultural Collisions at the Ian Potter Museum.

Artistic Directors

Claire Anna Watson | Chair (Curator 2010-, Chair 2012-2015, Sponsorship & Funding Coordinator 2011-12, Member 2010-2015, Advisor 2015-) is the Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Her previous roles include Visual Arts Program Coordinator at Asialink and Curator at Gippsland Art Gallery. Claire’s major curatorial projects include co-curating ‘Re-visioning Histories’ at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre with Yhonnie Scarce in 2016, the NETS Victoria/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition 'Synthetica' 2015 , the Asialink/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition 'Vertigo' 2014, and the award winning project 'Home—Reframing Craft and Domesticity', Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, 2013 (Museums Australia Award for Temporary Exhibitions). Claire’s experience includes being an advisor for Creative Victoria’s Programming, Regional Partnerships and Touring panels. She co-edited and co-wrote Asialink publications Every 23 Days: 20 years Touring Asia and Abundant Australia–Highlights of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. She holds a Master of Fine Art from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Art from RMIT University. Claire's multi-disciplinary arts practice has seen her exhibit in Australia, Finland, Portugal, Turkey and the USA.

Andrew Tetzlaff (Curator 2008-, Treasurer 2013-2015, Chair 2010-12, Member 2008-2015, Advisor 2015-) works with RMIT University’s international Artist in Residence Program (since 2011) and Project Space/Spare Room and School of Art Gallery (since 2007). He was the secretary to the School of Art Galleries Advisory Committee (2007-2013) 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.

David Thomas (Curator 2014-, Advisor 2014-) is Professor of Fine Art in the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne. He has lectured extensively overseas in Europe, USA and Asia. David’s practice includes painting, photopainting and installation. It is informed by both Eastern and Western ideas of monochrome and geometric abstraction. He curates and writes on these issues locally and internationally. Solo and group exhibitions include: Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Cologne, Hong Kong; Melbourne Now, NGV (2013), Dialogue, raum 2810, Bonn; Shifting Continuities Interventions and Microstructures, (with Christoph Dahlhausen), Heide Museum of Modern Art. Public collections include NGV, Chartwell Collection NZ, Lim Lip Museum, Korea and Kunstmuseum, Bonn.

Leslie Eastman (Curator 2014-, Advisor 2014-) is a Senior Lecturer and Painting Programme Coordinator in the Department of Fine Art at Monash University. Leslie has held over twenty solo and collaborative exhibitions nationally, at venues such as ACCA, Linden and Experimenta, and internationally. He has been the recipient of grants from the Australian Film Commission, the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria. Leslie has often worked in collaboration with both artists and writers as a way of questioning conventional assumptions about authorship as well as working in response to a situation or location as a way of extending and testing the role of art practice and its outcomes. Leslie has been a key member of Light Projects, an experimental project space in Melbourne which held over thirty exhibitions by local and international artists addressing themes of psychoanalysis and perception.

Kiron Robinson (Curator 2016-, Advisor 2016-) is an artist living and working in Melbourne. Kiron is a lecturer in the Photography department at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. These two positions are complimentary to each other. Through these two roles Kiron uses doubt as a constructive material in the search for an articulation of that which is outside of articulation. Kiron has served as the director of 24seven and on various committee’s, boards and panels. Mostly Kiron likes art.

Kali Michailidis (Public Program Coordinator 2015-2016, Curator 2014-, Fundraising Coordinator 2014, Associate 2016-) is an independent curator and arts professional. She is currently the General Manager at The SUBSTATION. Kali has curated a number of exhibitions and been involved in numerous projects, including ‘Unhidden’ (2017) at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize (2016), Debut XI (2015) and Curtain Call (2013) at BLINDSIDE. Kali holds a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne (2014) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) from the VCA (2012).

Xanthe Dobbie (Social Media Coordinator 2014 – 2016, Vice Chair 2015, Curator 2013 -, Secretary & Education Coordinator 2012 – 2013, Associate 2016-)  is a Melbourne-based new media artist and curator. Her practice aims to capture the experience of contemporaneity as reflected through feminism, art history and internet and queer culture. Graduating from RMIT Fine Art (Honours) (2013), Xanthe has been included in Next Wave, Channels, Paradise, Midsumma, MELT, Mardi Gras and Gertrude Street Projection Festivals. She has presented solo exhibitions for Grey Gardens Projects (2015) and John Buckley Gallery (2014), was a curated guest speaker for Screen Futures 2016 (ACMI, RMIT) and ACMI X OpenLAB (2017), and has been a finalist in the John Fries Award (2016) and the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award (2014). She is the recipient of City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria arts grants and was selected as a Kickstart artist for her collaborative project One Million Views for Next Wave 2016. A member of the Curatorium (2017), Xanthe has co-curated an international touring collection of queer digital artworks for a series of on- and offline exhibitions.

Verity Hayward See above.

Associate Members

Carly Richardson (Public Program Coordinator 2017-) is a maker, collections specialist and educator, and is interested in collaborations between artists and audience groups. She specialises in audience engagement, and interpretation methods that empower the audience as active participants in the museum experience. She currently works at Heide Museum of Modern Art as Education and Public Programs Coordinator and holds prior work, intern and volunteer experiences within small-medium not-for-profit art spaces. Carly’s formal qualifications include a Masters of Art Curatorship (University of Melbourne, 2015), a Diploma of Education –Secondary, Visual Arts (Monash University, 2006) and a Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting (RMIT, 2005).

Brigid Hansen (Fundraising Coordinator 2017-) is currently completing her Master of Arts (Arts Management) at RMIT University. She splits her time between freelance art writing and working at The Melba Spiegeltent as an all-rounder. After interning at Craft Queensland, RMIT Gallery and BLINDSIDE, Brigid developed a particular interest in engaging with ARIs in Australia. She has a passion for fostering the talent of emerging practitioners, particularly historically marginalised peoples.

Tiarney Miekus (Media and Marketing Coordinator 2017-) is a Melbourne-based writer, musician and media professional who currently works as a Gallery and Communications Assistant at Arts Project Australia. She has a dual Communications and Arts degree (2014), has completed honours at the University of Melbourne in English Literature (2015) and has over five years experience in various media and communications roles. Tiarney has spent over five years in community radio, produced and hosted nationally-distributed arts show No Brow and has written on contemporary art, sound and music for un MagazineRealTimeThe Lifted BrowOverland and Australian Women’s Book Review, as well as participating in SEVENTH gallery’s writers program. She has further exhibited and performed various works through West Space, Liquid Architecture, ABC Radio National’s Soundproof and Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival and is part of experimental group No Sister.

Gallery Interns

BLINDSIDE welcomes Gracie Vincenzi and Henry Law as our gallery interns.  Gracie is an artist and arts educator. Henry is an artist, currently studying at RMIT.

BLINDSIDE thanks previous interns, Alex Walker, Callum Jackson, Timmi Tsapaliaris, Brigid Hansen, Amy Stead. 

BLINDSIDE photography interns, Ellie Bracci and Nick James Archer are currently studying at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Gallery Volunteers 

BLINDSIDE thanks volunteers Alisha Abate, Sophia Cai, Jessica Glaser, Clare Gretch, Lauren Guisti, Yuting Liu, Sam Mather, Amie McCallum, Isabel O’Brien, Erica Wrigley, Diana Story, Chiara della Costa & Jessie McClure for their assistance with gallery invigilation, archive management, & education programs.

Past Board Members

BLINDSIDE acknowledges its past members who have helped build the art space to what it is today.

Charity Bramwell (Member 2015-2016); Bianca Tainsh (Member 2015-2016); Daen Kelly (Member 2015-2016); Claire Mooney (Associate Member 2015-2016); Caitlin Patane (Member 2016); Kate Ellis (Member 2014-2015); Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison (Advisors 2014-2015); Natalie Kazakis (Advisor 2010-2016, Member 2007-2009); Raymonda Rajkowski (Executive Member 2012-2014); Robert Heather (Member 2006-2009, Advisor 2010-2015); Paul Kooperman (Member 2015); Shae Nagorcka (Member 2010-2014); Felicity Strong (Member 2012-2014); Apryl Morden (Member 2013-2014); Daine Singer (Member 2006-2009, Advisor 2010-2013); Blaine Cooper(Member 2011-2013, Treasurer 2012); Elise Murphy (Member 2010-2013); Jessica O’Brien (Member 2013); 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, Advisor 2007-present); Linda Good (Member 2006-2008); Marion Piper (Member 2006-2008); Joanna Collyvas (Member 2007); Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury (Member 2007); Jessie Borrelle (Member 2005-2007); Olivia Poloni (Member 2006-2007); Chris Howlett (Member 2006); Rosie Mahoney (Member 2004-2006); Asim Memishi (Member 2004-2005); 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).