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 –
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 – 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
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 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting within large Australian and global organisations. He is currently Head of Finance for AMP Capital Shopping Centres. Throughout his career, Adrian has led large finance 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.
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.
Sharon Chen ( 陈壬 )
Sharon Chen is the director of Aushine Consulting. She has art, advertising and media experience with senior levels of management for more than 20 years with all the leading Chinese media firms. She has worked as the Public Relationship Manager for the Shanghai Biennale in 2012, and the Curatorial Project Manager for The Floating Eye – The Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012). She has also curated exhibitions including Seeking: Australian Chinese Artists Group Exhibition and The Forgotten Voyage: Where the Australia-China Story Began. Sharon also has experience with arts management projects such as Chinese dance dramas The Peony Pavilion (2013); Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant (2013) and Embrace China. Her passion for art has specifically focussed on raising awareness of art & culture across the Australia- Chinese community, working with leading Chinese and Australian artists. She also is a contemporary Chinese art column writer in Chinese media, promoting culture exchanging between the two countries. Sharon also sits on a number of non-profit boards. She is a Director of VisAsia Council (Art Gallery of NSW); Executive Chair of Australia- China Culture Council（ACCC); Executive Vice-President and Secretary General of Australia Fujian Entrepreneurs Association; and Executive Vice-President of Australia Minnan Association.
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 the Founder of Creative Asia, an arts management firm that produces cross-cultural collaborations between Australia and China. She is also founder of creative-asia.net website, an English language portal into the vibrant world of China’s contemporary arts. She has extensive experience working in the Australia-China cultural field, and is a Mandarin speaker. Hannah is a board director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Vice President of the board of Performance 4A. She also co-founded the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, Sydney. Hannah is a recipient of one of the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, awarded by the Sidney Myer Foundation to 12 artists and arts managers from across Australia.
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 regular solo exhibitions nationally in addition to Berlin 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 to 1993). Two survey exhibitions have been held, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria and the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra. Three monographs have been published on his practice. Recently John’s work has focused on transcultural humanitarianism including two projects entitled Bonhoeffer in Harlem and Safety Zone. John was the recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship for Established Visual Artists, with research concentrating on cross-cultural humanitarism and the visual realization of the history of the Chinese diaspora in Australia