Chair: Edmund Capon OBE, AM, 2014 –
Vice Chair and Secretary: John Choi, 2009 –
Treasurer: Adrian Williams, 2009 –
Public Officer: Hannah Skrzynski, 2012 –
Susan Acret, 2014 –
Sharon Chen, 2012 –
Caroline Choy, 2006 –
Lisa Corsi, 2010 –
John Young, 2009 –
Maree Di Pasquale, 2017 –
Edmund Capon AM, OBE – Chair
Edmund Capon is a former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales holding this position from November 1978 to 23 December 2011. He is a Visiting Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of New South Wales; is on the Board of the St James Ethics Committee; has written extensively on the arts of China; written and presented a 3-part ABC TV-China Central Television co-produced documentary entitled Meishu: Travels in Chinese Art which has been distributed worldwide; developed the AGNSW as a centre for Asian art display and education; created the Gallery’s highly successful Foundation, a Capital fund, to acquire works for the Collection; has curated exhibitions encompassing Asian, European and Australian art; has written extensively on Chinese art & archaeology and on the work of artists such as Jeffrey Smart, Caravaggio and Giacometti.
John Choi – Vice Chair & Secretary
John Choi is co-founder of CHROFI, a dynamic architectural practice that operates across a wide portfolio from houses to cities. Established in 2000, the practice’s founding design, TKTS booth at centre of Times Square in New York, has been widely recognised for its design excellence and innovation, from fields as varied as planning, architecture, branding, public space and tourism. Awards include New York Art Commission Award, World Architectural Festival Award, Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture, and has been cited as New York’s Building of the Decade. Other key projects include Stamford on Macquarie, Lune de Sang, The Goods Line with Aspect Studios, Millstream Lookout and Mona Vale House. In 2012, John was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and in 2014, was prize recipient in AR International Award for Emerging Architecture. John has lectured extensively on architectural design, is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at University of Sydney, and serves on Sydney Olympic Park Authority Design Review Panel.
Adrian Williams – Treasurer
Adrian Williams has 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting within large Australian and global organisations. After 10 years as Head of Finance for AMP Capital Real Estate, he has recently moved to Head of Corporate Responsibility and Business Platform, AMP Capital Real Estate. Throughout his career, Adrian has led large teams through periods of significant cultural, system and organisational change. Emphases on continuous improvement and awareness of trends in the external market place have also been cornerstones of his approach. Adrian is also a Board Member for First Hand Solutions, an Indigenous Corporation and is an Advisory Committee Member for Indigenous Accountants Australia. Adrian also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Property Council of Australia.
Sue Acret is an art advisor, writer and collector with 20 years experience in the field of contemporary Asian art. She is a former editor of Art AsiaPacific magazine as well as a book editor. Sue spent 13 years in Hong Kong, during which time she worked with the Asia Art Archive and as a freelance writer and editor. In 2010 she co-founded Art Asia Advisory. Sue returned to Sydney in 2014 and continues her freelance and advisory practices.
Caroline Choy is a Property Business Development Manager for AMP Capital Shopping Centres. She has a keen interest in the arts and has worked previously on projects for the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; and South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
Lisa Corsi is currently the Special Projects Coordinator (Public Art) with the City of Sydney. She is also co-founder of SafARI, a community based and alternative exhibition of unrepresented and emerging artists in Artist Run Initiatives in Sydney. Lisa was co-curator for SafARI between 2006 and 2010 and has worked as an independent curator on several exhibitions in Sydney and in Regional galleries and museums. From 2000-2006, Lisa was Curatorial and Collections Manager at Sherman Galleries, Sydney, and later founder and Managing Director of ARTCELL, an independent agency that provided project and collection management services for the visual arts industry, including public and private institutions, private collectors, commercial galleries and artists. She has worked with international intergovernmental organisations and with local, national and international Artist Run Initiatives, galleries and museums.
Hannah Skrzynski is Director of Creative Asia, a consultancy producing cross-cultural arts projects between Australia and Asia. She has extensive experience working in the Australia-Asia cultural field, and is a Mandarin speaker. Hannah’s not for profit interests include directorship on the board of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the Atelier Council of the Art Gallery of NSW, The Sky Foundation and membership of the Australian Ballet Ambassadors’ group.
John Young Zerunge
John Young Zerunge is a co-founder and founding president of 4A (1995). He has exhibited extensively in major exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. As well as representing Australia in touring exhibitions regionally since 1990, John has held over 70 solo exhibitions nationally in addition to Berlin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. John has contributed extensively with theoretical writings in art journals since 1981 and lectured at Sydney College of the Arts of the University of Sydney (1982 – 1993). Two survey exhibitions have been held, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, and the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra. Three monographs have been published on his practice. Recently John’s work has focused on The Abstract Paintings and The History Projects, including the construction of Open Monument, a permanent monument to acknowledge the Chinese in Ballarat, Victoria. John was the recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship for Established Visual Artists, with research concentrating on cross-cultural humanitarianism and the visual realisation of the history of the Chinese diaspora in Australia.
Maree Di Pasquale