directors

directors

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.

Margaret Brink

2018/2019

Margaret Brink is a Sydney based artist who works primarily in painting. Her work is concerned with the practice of painting itself and is informed by an overarching interest in the idea of uncertainty as a legitimate mode for producing meaning whilst deferring straight-forward interpretations. She is represented by Reading Room, Melbourne and is currently an MFA candidate at Sydney College of the Arts.

 

Tahjee Moar

2018/2019

Tahjee Moar is an emerging curator, writer and educator of Meriam and Barkindji descent. Over the past 5 years Tahjee has worked in curatorial and educational positions at a variety of institutions, focusing on the area of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice. Tahjee has worked as Assistant Curator, Visual Arts at Campbelltown Arts Centre, and on curatorial projects for Carriageworks, Next Wave Festival and Wollongong Art Gallery. In 2014, Tahjee graduated with a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW Art & Design.

Justine Youssef 

2018/2019

Justine Youssef is an emerging artist who will be practicing at the Parramatta Artist Studios in 2018. Her work is a response to site-specific research into the social, cultural and political structures that shape moments and places.This lends the work to a range of disciplines including installation, sculpture, video, text and scent. She has participated in group exhibitions in Sydney at spaces such as Bankstown Art Center, Bankstown; 475 King Street, Newtown; and Lilac City Studios, Surry Hills. Her work has also been featured in Antidote’s Moving Nations 2017, Collab Gallery, Chippendale.  Her work can be found in the collections of the National Association for the Visual Arts; the National Art School Drawing Archive; and the Sydney Gallery School.

Tian Zhang

2018/2019

Tian Zhang is a socially-engaged curator and creative producer interested in exploring diverse modes of thinking, creating and practicing. Her work is informed by previous studies in psychology as well as lived experience, seeking to deconstruct social issues and to facilitate social change. Tian has over eight years’ experience working in the arts and with culturally diverse communities. Her most recent curatorial project, I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are (Peacock Gallery Auburn, 2017) was nominated for a MGNSW Imagine Award. She has also been recently selected to participate in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program 2018 for high-potential arts leaders from the Asia-Pacific region.

Jana Hawkins-Andersen

2017/2018

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

2017/2018

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

2017/2018

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

2017/2018

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

2017/2018

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

2017/2018

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.

 

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 Sydney College of the Arts.

Bryden Williams

Program & Gallery Coordinator

Bryden Williams (b. 1990) is a conceptually driven artist working across the fields of sculpture, video, photography and installation art. Williams is a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award and in 2016 he received a Fauvette Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship. Williams has exhibited in Australia and abroad, most recently with the solo exhibition Site Specifics at Interlude Gallery, Sydney in February 2016. Previously Williams was also included in the 2013 John Fries Award with the work Techno Fire, and received the inaugural Chippendale New World Art Prize in 2013, spending three months abroad making and exhibiting work as resident at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. Throughout the residency Williams furthered his ongoing interest in the aesthetic and environmental implications of hydro-electricity, creating a screen work based on the Three Gorges Dam and a body of found object sculptures. He lives and works in Sydney and holds an MFA from 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