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 2014/2015 outgoing Directors. You can find their profiles here.

Andrew Brooks


Andrew Brooks is a Sydney ­based artist, writer, curator and organiser whose work takes the form of installations, performances, text works and sound recordings. He has performed and/or exhibited in Europe, nepan and Australia and his writing has appeared in Das Superpaper  and unMagazine. He was a co-­curator of the NOW now Festival and monthly concert series from 2012­-2014 and is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art and Design.

Anna McMahon


Anna McMahon is an artist and curator. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) in 2010, a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Sydney in 2011 and is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (USYD). McMahon also collaborates with fellow artist Kate Beckingham as OK YEAH COOL GREAT. McMahon is a resident artist at Parramatta Artist Studios in 2016. She was the 2016 recipient of the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award, and is a recipient of the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio at the Cité International des Arts, Paris in 2017 awarded by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Spence Messih


Spence Messih is an emerging artist currently based in Sydney. Working across photography, video,  text and installation Messih’s research and practice explores notions of queer time and gender through focusing on the human relationship to natural phenomena. Their work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in artist-run and public galleries including at Sydney Guild, Firstdraft Gallery, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, MOP Projects, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Stills Gallery. Messih has undertaken artist residency programs with ‘Wildfjords’, West Fjords, Iceland in 2014; ‘NES’, Skagaströnd, Iceland in 2012; and at ‘The Green House’, Fowlers Gap, Broken Hill in 2011. Messih graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Class 1) from UNSW Art and Design in 2013 and was awarded the Australia Council Artstart Grant in 2014 and is currently a Master of Philosophy candidate at UNSW Art and Design.

Gina Mobayed


Gina is an art consultant at Artbank, working on the leasing program with a large portfolio of clients. She has experience in programming, exhibition development and event/project management for commercial and not­-for­-profit organisations in the arts sector. She has delivered experimental projects and exhibitions both nationally and internationally, working with some of Australia’s most highly regarded artists. Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Business Studies.

Consuelo Cavaniglia


Consuelo is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on how we see and understand space. Independent curatorial projects have consistently flanked her practice and have centred on interventions in public spaces. Projects include an 18-month program of non-permanent public art in the Perth Cultural Centre, interventions on city streets and gallery projects including PICA, Firstdraft, Fremantle Arts Centre, 55 Sydenham Road. She has held roles as exhibitions coordinator, administrator and project manager in public and commercial galleries nationally, worked as an art consultant, coordinator of the Fremantle Print Award and educator including at the University of Sydney where she currently teaches. Consuelo is an MFA candidate at Sydney College of the Arts.

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.

Alex Kiers


Alex Kiers is an artist and musician from Port Macquarie, NSW who currently lives and works in Sydney. He uses performance, installation, video, sound and painting as tools to think about cultural futures. He has exhibited as both a solo artist and as part of collaborative projects throughout Australia and abroad. Most recently, local shows at the MCA, Bondi Pavillion, 55 Sydenham rd, 107 Projects, Alaska Projects and Sydney Guild as well as shows at Felt Space in Adelaide, The Walls on the Gold Coast and at Dog Park in Christchurch. In 2015, in collaboration with Claire Finneran he was commissioned to make a new work by Firstraft Gallery for Underbelly Arts Festival as well as undertaking a 6 month residency at Waverly Artist Studios. He currently works as a contractor for Galleries such as AGNSW, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Darren Knight, Artspace and the Sydney Biennale and was a curator of music at Society in 2011-12.

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.

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.


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
Alexandra Clapham
Alice McAuliffe
Amelia Wallin
Amy Griffiths
Andrew Moran
Astrid Kriening
Brenda MacDuff
Camille Serisier
Cassy Sutherland
Catherine Connolly
Cathy Nunn
Connie Anthes
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
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
Tanya Peterson
Tesha Malott
Tess Knight
Tulleah Pearce
Vaughan O’Connor
Vicky Clare
Will French
Wilna Fourie