Firstdraft is thrilled to announce the 2018/19 board of directors: Margaret Brink, Tahjee Moar, Justine Youssef and Tian Zhang. Together they join Jana Hawkins-Andersen, Georgia Hobbs, Peter H. Johnson, Bridie Moran, Jade Muratore and Katie Winton as Firstdfraft continues to present innovative work across our Exhibition, Curators, Writers and Public Programs. We warmly welcome our new directors and look forward to the knowledge, creativity and leadership they bring to their new roles at Firstdraft.
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 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 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 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.