Firstdraft is a national artist-led organisation dedicated to creating a professional context for the exploration of new ideas in contemporary arts practice and supporting emerging artists, curators and practices. We believe that in order to sustain a cultural ecology, we must provide a dynamic and energetic infrastructure that positions artists firmly at its centre. The Firstdraft Board of Directors is made up of a diverse range of artists, writers, curators and arts administrators, whose skills and knowledge are key to realising the success of its vision.

The Firstdraft Board consists of eight volunteer Directors each serving a two-year tenure. Each year, Firstdraft seeks and selects four people to join the Directorate. As a Firstdraft Director, you become an ambassador for one of Australia’s longest-running artist-led organisation and a key stakeholder within the emerging arts community, while gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of arts management, maintenance and development.

Firstdraft would like to thank the 2015/2016 outgoing Directors. You can find their profiles here.

Flora Grant


Flora Grant is an arts professional with an interest in diversifying arts funding to enable  sustainability for arts organisations. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia co-ordinating philanthropic programs and campaigns, and has managed corporate partnerships for The Festivalists and Sydney Film Festival. In 2013 she was part of the Australia Council’s Professional Development program at the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and subsequently spent time researching digital collections and storytelling at SFMOMA. Flora has studied at the University of Sydney and University of California Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) with a major in Art Theory.

Emily O’Connor


Emily O’Connor is an emerging Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist working in video, installation and performance. O’Connor’s practice advocates a rethinking of the body and desire as informed by corporeal feminist and queer theory. O’Connor is a core and founding member of art collective Hissy Fit whose work investigates notions of deviancy and control, acted on and/or through the gendered body. O’Connor has presented work through her solo and collaborative practices at Performance Space (NSW), Firstdraft (NSW), MCA (NSW), Tiny Stadiums Festival (NSW) and as part of Sydney Contemporary 2015 (NSW). She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Class 1) from UNSW in 2013 and was awarded the Philip Parsons Prize for her thesis. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design.

Jana Hawkins-Andersen


Jana Hawkins-Andersen is a Sydney based artist working in sculpture and ceramics whose work explores mutable, precarious and impossible materiality. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Australia at Minerva, Spring 1883, Firstdraft, Safari, Feltspace (SA) and Nextwave (VIC) and has exhibited in Europe and Japan. She has a background and interest in arts education and is currently an MFA candidate at UNSW Art and Design.

Georgia Hobbs


Georgia Hobbs is a Sydney-based arts professional with over four years experience working in public and private institutions. Georgia has delivered a broad range of temporary exhibitions both nationally and internationally, working with some of the most highly regarded artists from the Asia Pacific region. She is the gallery manager of Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and in 2016 was Assistant Curator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney. Georgia is on the judging panel for the 2017 Yen Female Art Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Asian Studies) from the University of Sydney (2012) and a Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (2014).

Peter H. Johnson


Peter H. Johnson is a curator, writer and researcher interested in aesthetic and conceptual strategies of resistance, with a focus on socially engaged and online practices. He currently works as C3West Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. His independent curatorial projects include The Fraud Complex (2016) at West Space, Melbourne, as part of the Next Wave Emerging Curators Program; and, The Future’s Knot (2014) at The Lock-Up, Newcastle, as part of the This is Not Art Festival.

Bridie Moran


Bridie Moran is an arts professional who has worked in the contemporary arts and media across a variety of marketing, development and education roles. Currently, Bridie is the Marketing, Development and Communications Manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, and the Australian National Maritime Museum, as inaugural Program Manager of the Australia Council funded National Craft Initiative and at The Walkley Foundation. In 2015 Bridie holds a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Sydney and Bachelor Arts/Fine Arts from UNSW.

Jade Muratore


Jade Muratore is an emerging artist, curator and producer working across various media including performance, sound, and video. She has presented work at Performance Space, Carriageworks, Arts House, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Tiny Stadiums Festival, Kudos Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Jade is one of the founding and core members of the performance trio, Hissy Fit. She completed her Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW Art & Design in 2012 and is currently completing her Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership also at UNSW Art & Design.

Katie Winten


Katie Winten is an emerging curator. Having completed her Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership in 2015, she is the co-founder of Women in the Arts, a Sydney based non-for-profit organisation addressing gender inequality and exclusionary practices in the Australian arts landscape. She is also an Arts & Culture Editor at FBi Radio and the Coordinator at Arc @ UNSW Art & Design. She has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, Museum of Contemporary Art and White Rabbit Gallery.

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Tesha Malott

General Manager

Tesha Malott is an Arts Manager with over 7 years of business management in both Australia and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking) from the National Art School and is currently a Masters of Curatorial Studies and Cultural leadership student at UNSW Art & Design. Tesha has been with Firstdraft since 2012 when she came on as Co-Director and has
has worked for several public and private arts organisations such as the Sherman Contemporary Foundation, Kudos Gallery and Art Month. Her professional interests and experience lies in not for profit financial modelling, exhibition/gallery management and audience development.


Kuba Dorabialski

Program Officer

Kuba Dorabialski is an artist and writer originally from Wrocław, Poland. His work attempts to reconcile Modernism with mysticism, and radical leftist politics with the personal poetic. In his spare time he harbours a deep, melancholy nostalgia for soviet aesthetics. He has exhibited work in the US, Europe and Australia and been involved in a number of community building activities, including performance events, children’s workshops and publishing projects. His writing has appeared in Runway and Try Hard Magazine. Kuba holds an MFA from UNSW Art & Design.

Nina Gibbes

Communications & Administration Coordinator

Nina Gibbes is an arts professional and graphic designer with an interest in supporting the growth of emerging artists in Australia and internationally. After living and working in the contemporary art world in New York for five years, where she managed communications, design,  and marketing for Joshua Liner Gallery in the Chelsea arts district, she recently returned to her hometown of Sydney to further pursue her passion for contemporary art and design. Nina holds a BVA in Printmedia from The University of Sydney (Sydney College of the Arts).

Founding Directors 1986

Roger Crawford
Paul Saint
Tess Horwitz
Narelle Jubelin

Past Directors 1986- 2015

Adam Weiderman
Adriane Boag
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Alex Cyreszko
Alex Gawronski
Alex Kiers
Alexandra Clapham
Alice McAuliffe
Amelia Wallin
Amy Griffiths
Andrew Brooks
Andrew Moran
Anna McMahon
Astrid Kriening
Brenda MacDuff
Camille Serisier
Cassy Sutherland
Catherine Connolly
Cathy Nunn
Connie Anthes
Consuelo Cavaniglia
Cy Norman
Daniel Green
Dara Gill
David Capra
David Lawrey
Debbie Pryor
Di Smith
Dylan Quirk
Elliott Bryce Foulkes
Elizabeth Reidy
Elvis Richardson
Emma White
Eva Morosy Weide
George Dann
Georgie Meagher
Gianni Wise
Gina Mobayed
Grace Archibald
Harley Ives
Helena Leslie
Holly Williams
Ingrid Mills
Jacqueline Millner
Jaki Middleton
Jane Gillespie
Jane Polkinghorne
Janet Shanks
Jay Hastings
JD Reforma
Jess Olivieri
Jessica Tyrrell
Joanne McCambridge
Julie Burke
Justin Balmain
Kate Scardifield
Kate Britton
Kathryn Gray
Katie Kaars
Katy Plummer
Kelly Doley
Lionel Bawden
Liz Reid
Lydia Rodrigues
Marley Dawson
Michael Moran
Michaela Gleave
Mikala Dwyer
Nairn Scott
Nathan Dunne
Nicholas Folland
Nina Machielse
Paul Williams
Penelope Benton
Peter Fitzpatrick
Philipa Veitch
Rowena Hall
Sara Oscar
Sarah Goffman
Sean Rafferty
Simone Douglas
Sonny Day
Spence Messih
Tanya Peterson
Tesha Malott
Tess Knight
Tulleah Pearce
Vaughan O’Connor
Vicky Clare
Will French
Wilna Fourie