Martina Copley | Gallery Coordinator (Gallery Coordinator 2013-, Associate Member 2013-, Artistic Director 2018-) 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 has recently completed 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.
Jen Matthews | Gallery Technician has recently joined BLINDSIDE to advise and assist exhibiting artists with the installation and deinstallation of their work.
Board of Directors
Lucie McIntosh | Executive (Chair 2017-, Artistic Director 2017-, Curator 2015-, Vice Chair 2016-17, Grants Coordinator 2015-17, Member 2014-) is a visual artist and curator based in Narrm (Melbourne). Lucie completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours) with First Class at RMIT university in 2015. 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 the process of signification and, more specifically, how the process of signification might be made visible through the content of an artwork. Her practice emphasises the inherently plural and personal nature of meaning — reminding us of, and celebrating, our agency in its creation. Lucie’s work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions, most recently at Project Space / Spare Room — RMIT:ART:INTERSECT, Melbourne.
Chloé Hazelwood | Executive (Secretary 2019-) is an emerging curator and arts writer. She has written exhibition essays for a number of artist-run spaces, such as BLINDSIDE, SEVENTH Gallery, Bus Projects and Firstdraft. Her research interests include feminist/queer art, First Nations cultural expression and curatorial activism. Chloé has curated exhibitions at Verge Gallery and Cold Cuts, and her next curatorial project will be held at RMIT University in September 2019. She is currently completing the Master of Arts Management at RMIT University and was previously a member of the First Site Committee, where she coordinated a dynamic range of public programs and events for students and the wider community. Chloé works as the Volunteer Officer at Linden New Art, with an extensive background in arts-based volunteering herself. Some of her own volunteer highlights include working as a Team Leader at Midsumma 2019 and Assistant Cultural Producer (Intern) at Kingston Arts.
Josephine Briginshaw | Executive (Treasurer 2019, Vice Treasurer 2018-2019) is an arts fundraiser and development project manager. She is currently the Development Coordinator at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Josephine also has experience in curatorial projects, public programs and writing through a variety of freelance projects which explore her interest in the intersections between art, craft and design. Josephine holds a Master of Arts Management with Distinction from RMIT as well as a Master of Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania.
Jonathan Homsey | Executive (Grants Coordinator 2018 -) is an arts maker and manager interested in the intersection of street dance, visual art and social engagement. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010 where he is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts (BA Dance) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (MA Arts Management with Distinction). His choreographic practice has evolved from a theatrical context with works such as the award-winning Together As One (Arts House, Melbourne Fringe 2013) to an interdisciplinary practice in galleries and public spaces from Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne) to 107 Projects (Sydney) and Design Festa Gallery (Tokyo).Jonathan’s practice post-graduation has led him to work with street dance and with curation. From Circus Oz to national tours for Australian pop star George Maple and indie sensations Haiku Hands, Jonathan’s choreographic practice goes beyond genre lines. In addition, Jonathan is passionate about community outreach using the moving body as a source of empowerment. He has worked in community engaging for organisations such as Polyglot Theatre and festivals such as Dance Massive and Melbourne Music Week. His most recent work Mx.Red amalgamates all his passions for social engagement and conceptual art with the creation of 14 art installations and workshops as part of the Festival of Live Art in 2018. He has worked administratively as an independent producer, Australian Dance Council New South Wales and Victoria, Phillip Adams Ballet and is currently the Development Manager at Dancehouse. As an academic he has presented internationally and has lectured at University of Auckland (World Alliance for Arts Education Conference), Victorian College of the Arts , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and JMC Academy.
Rachel Paintin (Vice Chair 2018- & Public Programs Coordinator 2018-) is interested in designing public programming that provokes audiences to engage on a deeper level with work both inside and outside of the traditional gallery space. She is the co-founder of Wi Chi Chi, a quarterly event designed to provide a platform for collaboration and a space for new audiences to discover and engage with art.
Jasmin Mcneill (Development Coordinator 2018 -) is an emerging curator, completing a Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. With a passion for contemporary art, Jasmin has experience in curatorial projects, public programs, arts education, festivals and publications. She is currently working as Events & Community Engagement Coordinator at Linden New Art where she was formerly the Gallery Administrator. Previously, Jasmin has fulfilled the roles of Creative Producer for Mudest 2017 arts festival at the University of Melbourne, Treasurer for the Art History Student Society and has experience in various not-for-profit organisations including Camden Arts Centre (London).
Olivia Hutchinson (Vice Treasurer 2019 -) is an accomplished arts administrator based in Melbourne. After completing her Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, Olivia has been working as Operations Manager at Dancehouse, bringing her enthusiasm for administration and organisation to the arts. She is passionate about staying involved in the creative world and continues to volunteer in the community as well as maintaining an artistic practice. Her curatorial interests lie in exploring the interdisciplinary potential of contemporary art practice, and how the gendered body has been represented in art history and contemporary visual and image culture.
Elizabeth McInnes (Social Media Coordinator 2019 -) is a curator, writer and artist currently based between Oslo, Norway and Narrm (Melbourne) Australia. In 2014 Elizabeth completed her BA of Fine Art Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts receiving the Gary Fell Award. Elizabeth's curatorial research centres around institutional critique and expanded curatorial praxis. She is committed to building and participating in art institutions that consider social agency as an essential part of the production of art, and how curators can link artists and the public with didactic and considerate curatorial approaches and conscious gallery to artist negotiations. In 2016 Elizabeth opened Conch Rotterdam a platform for experimental publishing and curatorial practice that operated as a physical gallery in The Netherlands throughout 2016 - 2017 and as has continues to evolve as a select number of printed press and nomadic exhibition programmes across Europe and Scandinavia. Annual issues of Conch’s printed matter are currently held in the the public and private collections of Museen Koeln Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek in Cologne Germany. Elizabeth has exhibited and worked in Japan, Australia, South Africa, Scandinavia and throughout Europe.
Bridie Lunney (Curator 2017-, Advisor 2017-) Combining practices of sculpture and durational performance, Bridie Lunney acknowledges the body as a conduit between our emotional and psychological selves and the physical world. Her work suggests a reconfiguration of hierarchical relationships between architectural space, objects and the body. Upcoming projects include From Will to Form, Tarrawarra Biennale 2018. Recent projects include Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation Square, 2017, for which she was the recipient of the Professional Development Award. Lunney is a lecturer in Contemporary Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture and in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University.
James Carey (Curator 2018 -) has inherent curiosities to notions of process, time and duration. His practice is one of mark making, marking time, making time, and time making; foregrounding duration and marking an occurrence. Carey’s technique is one of working responsively, allowing particular temporal conditions to surface within sites and situations. The residue of specific processes are then assembled as collections of materialised and spatialised time. James is a Melbourne based artist and a Lecturer in Interior Design, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University, where he also completed a PhD by Project in 2016.
Jake Treacy (Curator 2018-) is a curator, writer and poet whose practice employs numinous acts through exhibition-making, performativity, and the spoken and written word. He is a University of Melbourne graduate with a Master of Art Curatorship (2017) and Postgraduate Art History (2013) who has previously co-directed an artist-run initiative, sat on grant advisory panels, and written published copy on numerous contemporary arts practices. His recent thesis examines ways of constructing liminal experiences in order to incur healing, promoting inclusivity and community, and exercising the therapy of art.
Lucie McIntosh See above.
Hana Vasak (Education Program Coordinator 2016-2019, Sponsorship Coordinator 2019-) is a Melbourne based ceramic artist. Hana holds a Masters of Art- Arts Management at RMIT University, where she also completed her degree in Fine Arts. (2012). Hana is currently working as a Gallery Attendant and Venue Hire Supervisor at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Hana’s experience across the arts includes arts education and community engagement working as an Arts Facilitator at Footscray Community Arts Centre and as an Exhibition coordinator at the Department of Foreign Affairs Immigration and Trade for the Federal Republic of West Papua. Hana has been involved in an array of roles working for various arts and cultural organisations and spaces, including arts administration, curatorial projects, project management, fundraising and front-of-house operations.
Eliza Tiernan (Social Media Coordinator 2017-2019, Associate 2019-) is a Melbourne based arts worker with a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from 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 The Ian Potter Museum of Art. Eliza currently works at Craft Victoria as Curatorial and Marketing Assistant.
BLINDSIDE welcomes Julia Flaster and Chloe Gleeson as our new gallery interns.
BLINDSIDE thanks previous gallery interns Elly-Louise Tyquin, Chloe Herbert-Smith, Jenna Warwick, Siena Di Domenico, Lou Fourie, Monica Do, Rachael Paintin, Yuting Liu, Tess Diaz, Gracie Vincenzi, Henry Law, Alex Walker, Callum Jackson, Timmi Tsapaliaris, Brigid Hansen, Amy Stead.
BLINDSIDE welcomes Talia Carroll and Roberta Govoni as Photography Interns.
Thanks to previous photography interns, Nina Prendergast, Rubie Bridie, Louis Fourie, Ellie Bracci, Guy Grabowski and Nick James Archer.
BLINDSIDE thanks current volunteers Sarah Dart, Georgia Polichroniadis, Jacquelin Tsui, Nicole Soulsby, Erica Wrigley, Sarah Lammardo, Florencia Sanchez, Shao Hui Kwok, Laura Roberton, Isabella Thornton, Alisha Abate, Evangeline Clark, Tess Diaz, Monica Do, Lou Fourie, Henry Law, Matt Pelaggi and Jenna Warwick for their assistance with gallery invigilation, archive management, projects, events & education programs.
Past Board Members and Associates
BLINDSIDE acknowledges its past members who have helped build the art space to what it is today.
Tyson Campbell (Member 2018), Ian Macwhirter (Member 2014, Executive Member 2015-2019), Xanthe Dobbie (Member 2013-2015, Advisor 2016-2018), Carly Richardson (Member 2017-2019), Lili Belle Birchall (Executive Member 2016-2018), David Thomas (Advisor 2014-2017), Leslie Eastman (Advisor 2014-2017), Arvind Vasan (Member 2015-2017), Philippa Brumby (Member 2016-2017), Brigid Hansen (Associate Member 2017), Tiarney Miekus (Associate Member 2017), Kali Michailidis (Member 2014-2017); Andrew Tetzlaff (Member 2008-2015, Chair 2010-15, Advisor 2015-2017); Claire Anna Watson (Member 2010-15, Chair 2012-2015, Advisor 2016-2017) Lisa Mansfield (Member 2015-2017); 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); 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); 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).