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.

Anna Vincent | 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.

Lili Belle Birchall | Executive (Vice Chair and Grants Coordinator 2017-, Secretary 2016-) is a Melbourne based arts administrator and curator with a Master of Arts and Cultural Management (2017) and an Honours Degree (2013) majoring in Art History from the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she was selected to be an Exhibition Attendant in the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Lili Belle is a Senior Visitor Services Officer at Heide Museum of Modern Art and Gallery Assistant at Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art. 

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.

Jessica Curry | Executive (Secretary 2017-) is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours) at RMIT University in 2015, graduating with first class honours and was the recipient of the Abbotsford Convent Studio Stat up Scholarship in 2016. Her photo-media and spatial practice explores the seductive subliminal exchange between object and consumer and since graduating Jessica has exhibited in a number of not-for-profit and commercial galleries. 

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 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.

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 is currently working as a freelance artist-educator and collections consultant. Her experience has arisen from professional, intern and volunteer experiences at small-medium not-for-profit arts spaces including Heide Museum of Modern Art, The Dax Centre, the University of Melbourne and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, working predominantly within education and collections-based roles. 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).

Rachel Paintin (Acting Public Programs Coordinator 2018)

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).

Artistic Directors

Verity Hayward (Chair 2015-17, 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Lucie McIntosh See above.

Associate Members

Gallery Interns

BLINDSIDE welcomes Chloe Herbert-Smith, Rae Danczinger and Siena Di Domenico as our gallery interns. 

BLINDSIDE thanks previous gallery interns 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 Photography Intern Nina Prendergast. Nina is a second year Photography student at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Thanks to previous photography interns, Rubie Bridie, Louis Fourie, Ellie Bracci, Guy Grabowski and Nick James Archer.


Gallery Volunteers 

BLINDSIDE thanks current volunteers 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.

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, Associate 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, 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).