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.
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.
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 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-) 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).
Josephine Briginshaw (Vice Treasurer) 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.
Rachel Paintin (Vice Chair and acting 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).
Jonathan Homsey (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.
Tyson Campbell (Te Rarawa/ Ngāti Maniapoto) (Media and Marketing Coordinator) is a Narrm/Melbourne based multi-disciplinary artist whose work is engaged with the relationships between the indigenous and the settler-state imaginaries. Tyson is currently researching non-performativity as a way of de-railing and de-legitimising control, discipline and punishment within contractractual agreements of social and financial outcomes of contemporary indigenous culture production. Tyson is currently a candidate for honours in fine art at Monash University and holds a BFA from RMIT with a major in sound. Tyson has exhibited in “Why should we listen to plants” in association with Liquid Architecture, “The River Remains, ake tonu atu” at Artspace (NZ) ‘blak-queer futurism’ at Blak-Dot (2018), ’Põuliuli (Faitautusi ma fā’alinga)’ at Westspace (2017), ‘Emerging Cultural Leaders Exhibition’ at Footscray Community Arts Centre (2017). In 2017, Tyson curated three shows including; “Disconnection and Reconnection” at Blak-Dot gallery, ‘Lobster II’ at Zambesi Melbourne and ‘High-Pile Low-Pile’ at Magic Johnston studio.
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 Queertech.io 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.
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.
BLINDSIDE welcomes Chloe Herbert-Smith and Jenna Warwick as our gallery interns.
BLINDSIDE thanks previous gallery interns 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 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.
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.
Lili Belle Birchall (Vice Chair and Grants Coordinator 2017-2018, Secretary 2016-2017), 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).