- Felicity Fenner is a curator of contemporary art and consultant on corporate and state government public art projects. Based at UNSW Art & Design as an associate professor in curatorial studies, she was the inaugural Director of UNSW Galleries (2013-2018), establishing the museum as a leading centre for Australian and international contemporary art. Felicity has curated more than 40 exhibitions of Australian and international art for organisations including the Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, and several university art museums.
Felicity publishes widely on contemporary and public art. Recent books include Running the City: why public art matters (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2017) and Curating in a Time of Ecological Crisis: biennales as agents of change (Oxford: Routledge, 2022). Her next book Shifting Ground: the evolving role of art in the Australian public domain, charts the emergence of new approaches to place-making and knowledge-sharing in Australian public art.
Tony Albert is a politically-minded artist provoked by stereotypical representations of Aboriginal people and the colonial history that attempts to define him, and what Aboriginality is, in the present. Tony has spent the majority of his life in Brisbane, but has strong family connections further north to the Girramay and Kuku Yalanji people of the rainforest region. In 2004 he completed a degree in Visual Arts, majoring in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, at Griffith University. Tony is a founding member of the Brisbane-based collective, proppaNOW, which was officially incorporated in 2006. He is the first Indigenous Trustee for the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is also chair of the AGNSW Indigenous Advisory Group. Tony's commitment to connecting and collaborating with other Indigenous artists and the wider community within his practice, has made him an integral part of Australia’s visual arts sector and the wider Australian community.
Judith Blackall is an independent curator, writer and producer of contemporary art projects. She has held senior roles in galleries and art museums in Sydney since 2000, with expertise in Australian and international contemporary art, publications, audience engagement and artists’ projects in the public domain.
As Curator and Gallery Manager at the National Art School, Sydney (2013-2019), and Head of Artistic Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2000-13), Judith has worked directly on numerous major contemporary art exhibitions and projects, touring exhibitions internationally and producing a range of outreach initiatives. She has been a member of the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel since 2007.
Judith was based in Italy from 1982 to 1997. She established an artist-in-residence program for Australians in Arthur Boyd’s Tuscan farmhouse, ‘Il Paretaio’ which she managed until 1990, and worked in contemporary art galleries in Milan and Florence, the Pecci Museum in Prato and the first Biennale of Art/Fashion in 1996, presented throughout the city of Florence.
Director, Richard Johnson Architect
Richard Johnson studied Architecture at UNSW, gaining the RAIA Prize for Design, the RAIA Silver Medal, and the NSW Board of Architects Bronze Medal. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1969. He was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship and in 1977 was admitted to the degree of Master of Philosophy following study in Town Planning and Urban Design at University College, London.
In 1976 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Public Service in the field of architecture. Richard was appointed as architectural advisor to the Sydney Opera House Trust 1998-2008. He was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 2006, a Life Fellow in 2008, a Life Governor of the AGNSW in 2012, and a distinguished Alumni Award from UNSW in 2013.
In 2014, Richard was admitted to the order of Australia for distinguished services to architecture, to the visual arts and the museums and galleries sector.
He is a founding director of Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd, (2001-2014) a Professor of Architecture at UNSW (Adjunct/Practice/Honorary 1999-2021) and serves on the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel and the State Design Review Panel.
Janet Laurence is a leading Sydney-based artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world. She creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between organic elements and systems of nature. Within the recognized threat of climate change she explores what it might mean to heal, the natural environment, fusing this with a sense of communal loss and search for connection with powerful life-forces. Her work is included in museum, university, corporate and private collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places.
Janet has been a recipient of Rockefeller, Churchill and Australia Council fellowships; recipient of the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW; is currently a visiting fellow at the NSW University Art and visiting fellow of the 2016/2017 Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) foundation fellowship; and artist in residence at the Australian Museum; She was the Australian representative for the COP21/FIAC, Artists 4 Paris Climate 2015 exhibition and in 2019 she had a major solo survey exhibition at the MCA and in 2020 at the Yu Hsui Museum of Art in Taiwan.She is currently exhibiting in Know My Name National Galleru of Australia working on her second Echigo Tsumari Triennale project scheduled for July 2021
Anne Loxley is Executive Director of Information + Cultural Exchange in Parramatta. Specialising in socially engaged practice and deep collaboration, Anne has a strong track record as a writer and curator working with artists in and outside gallery contexts, in communities and in public spaces. From 2011 until 2019 Anne was Senior Curator, C3West, for Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In that role she developed innovative ways for artists to work with businesses and non-arts organisations to address strategic issues and engage with communities. With Felicity Fenner, Anne was programming associate, visual arts, for the 2017 – 2019 Perth Festivals. With Blair French she co-edited Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum (MCA Australia, 2017).
Previously she directed Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, the Olympic Co-ordination Authority’s Public Art Program and the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery. A founding member of the City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel, a member of the City’s Eora Journey Working Group, and a former Sydney Morning Herald art critic, her work has attracted numerous awards.
Louise Zhang 张露茜 is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Louise explores the dynamics of aesthetics, contrasting the attractive and repulsive in order to navigate the senses of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness reflecting her identity. Her work is inspired by horror cinema, Chinese mythology and botany, adopting and placing symbols and motifs in compositions of harmonic dissonance.
Since graduating in 2013 from UNSW Art & Design, Louise has staged solo exhibitions and been awarded artist residencies in Australia and China, and undertaken public art commissions in Sydney’s Chinatown, across Greater Sydney and at Ngununggula, Bowral. She is represented by N.Smith Gallery.
- 2007–2022: Leon Paroissien AM, founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney – chair, 2007–2018, member 2007–2022
- 2007–2009: Ken Maher AO, Executive Chairman of HASSELL and Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel
- 2007–2010: Brian Parkes, CEO of JamFactory and previous Associate Director at Object Gallery
- 2007–2011: Hetti Perkins, Bangarra Dance Theatre Resident Curator and City of Sydney Eora Journey Curatorial Advisor
- 2008: Ewen McDonald, Curator Museum of Contemporary Art (acting for Judith Blackall)