Biographies

Alexie Glass-Kantor

Alexie Glass-Kantor

01 November 2019

Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator, cultural producer and advocate for the arts. She is currently the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. Glass-Kantor holds various board positions including Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia; Academic Board, National Art School; Advisory Board, Monash University, Curatorial PhD Program; Council Member, Sydney Culture Network; Ambassador, University of NSW Art & Design; and Council Member, Advisory Board, MCAD, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. She regularly contributes to public programs and symposiums, recently chairing three-editions of We The People’s, We The Arts in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan and the UNIC, and is a Jury Member for the Advance Awards.

Marco Fusinato

Marco Fusinato

01 November 2019

Marco Fusinato is an artist and musician whose work has taken the form of installation, photographic reproduction, performance and recording. His work has been presented in many exhibitions, including ‘All the World’s Futures’, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, (Venice 2015); ‘The Imminence of Poetics’, 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, (Sao Paulo 2012); ‘SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement’, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, (Sydney 2018); ‘The National 2017: New Australian Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, (Sydney 2017).

Frank Panucci

Frank Panucci, Executive Director, Grants and Engagement

22 October 2019

Frank Panucci was appointed Executive Director of Grants and Engagement in June 2013. Previously Director Community Partnerships Section of Australia Council, Chief Executive Officer of Community Cultural Development NSW and General Manager of Carnivale Festival. Frank has extensive experience in community arts and human rights.

Kerry

Kerry Gardner AM

01 May 2019

Kerry Gardner is a documentary film maker with a deep background in the arts, philanthropy and non-profit leadership, and is a champion of public/ private partnership. She has served as Deputy Chair on the boards of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre, and as a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Mario D’Orazio

Mario D’Orazio, Australia Council Board

30 April 2019

Mario D’Orazio has wide experience in media, technology and the arts. He was managing director of Channel 7 Perth for seven years until his retirement in 2019. He was Chair of WA’s contemporary dance company, Co3, and a director of WA Opera, stepping down from both roles to join the Australia Council board.

Darren

Darren Rudd, Australia Council Board

16 April 2019

Darren Rudd is Head of Corporate Affairs for Tata Consultancy Services, a global leader in IT services, consulting, technology and digital solutions and part of the wider Tata Group Executive team in Australia including Jaguar Land Rover (owned by Tata Motors), Tata Communications, Tata Steel and Tata Beverages.

Dr Wendy Were

Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy

04 April 2019

Dr Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy Appointed January 2014. Previously CEO at West Australian Music, Business Advisor with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Wendy also holds a PhD in Literature.

Lissa Twomey

Lissa Twomey, Executive Director, MPA and National Engagement

04 April 2019

Lissa Twomey is Executive Director, Major Performing Arts and National Engagement at the Australia Council for the Arts and the former Festival Director of the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Associate Director of Sydney Festival.

Patricia Adjei

22 March 2019

Patricia is a Wuthathi, Mabuiag Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney, Australia. Patricia has Bachelors of Arts and Law from UNSW. She currently works at the Australia Council for the Arts as the First Nations arts and culture director. She previously worked at the Copyright Agency l Viscopy as the Indigenous engagement manger. She is also a 2018 Churchill fellowship recipient, investigating the practical application of laws in the USA and Panama that protect Indigenous cultural rights.

Mary-Louise Carbone

12 March 2019

Mary-Louise is currently studying the Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. She has a background in Fine Arts and Design Studies and a passion for the promotion of cross-disciplinary collaboration. She has worked for multiple not-for-profit arts organisations in both professional and volunteer capacities, having most recently held the position of Deputy Chair of the Board for the Mundaring Arts Centre.

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