Director: Mikala Tai, 2015 –
Deputy Director: Bridie Moran, 2016 –
Engagement and Development Manager: Mariam Arcilla, 2020 –
Assistant Curator: Reina Takeuchi, 2019 –
Assistant Curator: Con Gerakaris, 2015 –
Gallery Assistant: Dacchi Dang, 2019 –
Gallery Assistant: Nicole Beck, 2020 –
Gallery Assistant: Rujunko Pugh, 2020 –
Gallery Assistant: Lucia Nguyen, 2019 –
Mikala Tai – Director
Mikala is a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art and Australian design, who over the past decade has collaborated with local, national and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia. Curatorial projects include Closing The Gap: Contemporary Indonesian Art (2011) at Melbourne International Fine Art (MIFA) when she was director; Yang Yongliang (2009) at 45 Downstairs, Melbourne; public programs for Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice under an Umbrella (2014) at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne; project managing Common Threads (2015), a project initiated by the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) to strengthen the relationship between Australian fashion and textiles and Hong Kong; and leading VIP Tours to Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Dubai and Sharjah Biennale. As an academic Mikala has taught at both RMIT and the University of Melbourne in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Contemporary Art, Modernism and Exhibition Management, in addition to having devised and delivered the inaugural Contemporary Asian Art syllabus at RMIT (2012 – ) and the first China Fieldwork Course (2015 – )with Rebecca Coates and Kate McNeill at the University of Melbourne. More recently Mikala was the founder and director of Supergraph – Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair, which has been held twice at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and exhibited at Somerset House, London (2015). She was also part of the public programs team for Melbourne Now (2013) at the National Gallery of Victoria, and previously the Cultural Program Manager for the Melbourne Fashion Festival (2009-2013). Mikala currently sits on the board of BUS Projects, Melbourne. In 2006 Mikala completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne and in early 2015 submitted her PhD at UNSW Art & Design examining the influence of the Global City on China’s local art infrastructure.
Bridie Moran – Deputy Director (current Acting Director)
Bridie Moran is an arts manager, editor and programmer, with extensive experience in art, craft and publishing, who has worked for over a decade with contemporary art and cultural organisations. From 2016-2017, Bridie was 4A’s Manager, Development, Communications and Marketing, and from 2017-2019 was the 4A Engagement and Development Manager. Bridie has delivered a range of exhibitions, programs, public art project and publications across Australia and the Asia region, and was from 2017-2018 Board Director at Sydney artist-run initiative Firstdraft, and is Assistant Editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. She has worked Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, and the Australian National Maritime Museum, as inaugural Program Manager of the Australia Council for the Arts’ National Craft Initiative, Executive Producer of Arts and Culture at FBi Radio, and as Partnerships and Marketing Manager at The Walkley Foundation. Bridie has a strong interest in arts governance, diversity, and craft practice, and in 2016 completed a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney with a dissertation on the history of craft policy in Australia.
Mariam Arcilla – Engagement and Development Manager
Mariam Arcilla is an arts manager who oscillates between writing, editing, creative producing and marketing. Since 2006, she has worked in the Australian arts and culture sector, and has held notable roles in galleries & museums, artist-run initiatives, digital marketing agencies, and government units. Born to a Filipino artist and a Singaporean air hostess, Mariam spent her childhood zigzagged between art studios, galleries and make-shift homes. This led her to pursue a career that would help brighten the connections between artists, places and communities — with a particular focus on cross-field creativity and emerging practices. Mariam has worked on programs, exhibitions and campaigns in partnership with various bodies, including the Institute of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Home of the Arts, Art Month Sydney, Renew Newcastle, Arts Queensland, and Liquid Architecture. Her creative and administrative work appears in institutional websites and platforms, and her writing has been published in VAULT, Art Collector, Running Dog, Runway Journal, Broadsheet, RealTime and ACCLAIM. Mariam graduated in 2006 from Griffith University, Gold Coast, with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, after completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a double major in Contemporary Arts (Theory & Practice) and Writing.
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Reina Takeuchi – Assistant Curator
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. Influenced by her experiences living peripatetically across Asia and South-East Asia during her youth, Takeuchi uses an auto-ethnographic approach with her art/performance processes. Her practice spans across visual arts, choreography, curatorial projects, written publications and creative facilitation. Takeuchi graduated with Distinction from a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), majoring in Visual/Studio Arts, minoring in Dance (2018), receiving the Eyeline Prize for an Outstanding Visual Arts Graduate in 2018. In the same year, as a part of the QUT Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy, she co-created and curated Dilate and Soundline, live-audience interactive installations, for the new media arts festival Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. She has performed and collaborated with numerous Australian and international dance and visual artists and was a recipient of Dancenorth’s Artist Residency in the Tropics (A.R.T.). In 2019, Takeuchi commenced choreographic research through Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year program for her Master of Philosophy candidature in Creative Practice at QUT. She works as a sessional tutor/facilitator with the university’s Widening Participation program which focusses on bringing creative practice methods to schools and communities in the greater Brisbane area. She has also published and contributed to publications including AusDance Qld, Delving into Dance and Eyeline Contemporary Visual Art magazine about her ongoing research and multi-disciplinary approach to art practice. Takeuchi now examines how Asian contemporary artists provoke critical dialogue within their communities through their contemplative approaches to art-making and sensitive, ritualised performance practices in her role at 4A.
Con Gerakaris – Assistant Curator
Con is a curator, arts administrator and writer who joined 4A as part of the project team for Yangjiang Group: Actions For Tomorrow (2015) as a project assistant. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (HONS) in 2013 and a Master of Art Curating in 2016 at the University of Sydney. Con has curated IT’S PRONOUNCED “GIF,” NOT “GIF” (2017), goodspace, Chippendale; CITIZENS OF NO PLACE (2018), Down/Under Space, Chippendale; Chris Yee: HI MEDUSA! (2019), Chinese Garden of Friendship; DARK FANTASY (2019), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; and D A R K S E A – Lynn Nguyen and J.S.D. Andrews (2019), goodspace, Chippendale. He was the curatorial assistant for Lee Kun-Yong: Equal Area (2018) at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and programmed Club 4A for Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2018. He has published articles for 4A Papers, un. extended and Runway Conversations.
Dacchi Dang – Gallery Assistant
Dacchi Dang is a Sydney-based photographic artist and independent researcher, specialising in alternative photographic processes. He is a former management committee board member at 4A 1997- 2003. Dacchi holds several degrees including a PhD from Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, and a Master of Arts, from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He has exhibited his work in Australia and internationally since the mid-1990s at venues including Atelier Richelieu, Paris; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, Adelaide; Horsham Regional Gallery, Victoria; Metro Arts, Brisbane; Musée du Montparnasse, France; and Taito Community Museum, Tokyo. Artist residences include Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Hill End, NSW; and Bundanon Trust, NSW. A survey exhibition, Dacchi Dang: An Omen Near & Far, was presented at 4A in 2017 which showcased three-decades of work and a new commission supported by the Australia Council for the Arts which facilitated research in Japan and Vietnam. Dacchi recently completed the Major John Milton Gillespie Bequest art commission for the Australian War Memorial collection with a body of work that explores the experiences of Vietnamese–Australian veterans during the Vietnam Conflict.
Lucia Nguyen – Gallery Assistant
Lucia is a Vietnamese – Australian writer and events producer, who joined 4A as part of its Lunar New Year event activations in 2019. After working as a digital producer for News Corp Australia and Bauer Media, she is currently completing a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Journalism) at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She was awarded the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Medal for the School of Arts and Sciences, First Prizes in Communications and Social Justice, and was a 2019 recipient of the DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club Scholarship. She holds a Diploma of Event Management and was previously the Supporting Events and Marketing Coordinator for the newly established Kensington Street in Chippendale, where she assisted in programming its inaugural 2016 Chinese New Year celebrations in collaboration with City of Sydney. With a particular interest in the impact of digital cultures upon the future of artistic production, Lucia’s writing has appeared in publications such as the University of Sydney’s Philament. In 2019, she also co-presented a paper at the Shakespeare FuturED conference.
Nicole Beck – Gallery Assistant
Nicole Beck is an emerging curator and arts administrator. She started at 4A as an intern in 2019, and now works to support the gallery’s production and programming. Her background is in radio, film and journalism, completing a Bachelor of Communication (Media, Arts and Production) at The University of Technology Sydney in 2018. She has extensive experience volunteering in the arts, working with organisations such as Performance Space and Carriageworks, however, Nicole has dedicated herself particularly to community radio. For five years Nicole volunteered on So Hot Right Now, 2SER’s arts and culture program. During her time on the program Nicole worked as producer, executive producer and host, striving to elevate and support Sydney’s independent and DIY arts community in all these roles. Shifting away from media and further into curatorial work, Nicole is currently undergoing a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design. She was listed on the UNSW Honour Roll in 2019.
Rujunko Pugh – Gallery Assistant
Rujunko Pugh is a Sydney-based artist working across various media including printmaking, installation, street art and murals. Rujunko has a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and a Master of Science, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from the University of Hawaii and has lived around the world in places including Hawaii, Washington D.C. and Sydney, Australia. Born to a Japanese mother and African-American father, her art draws on Asian, African and African-American found imagery to explore themes such as identity, history, culture and race as well as global movements of people, ideas and technologies. She has exhibited her work in Australia and internationally at venues including Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga; Ambush Gallery, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn; Barry Gallery, Marymount University, Arlington; Long View Gallery, Washington, DC; Carnegie Institute, Washington DC; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Hawaii Pacific University Gallery, Kaneohe; and Kuona Trust Center for Visual Arts, Nairobi. Her work was selected for the Print Council of Australia, 2016 Print Commission, Fitzroy, Victoria; 2015 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition; Christchurch, New Zealand; and the 90th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. Artist residencies include Pleasant Plains Workshop, Washington, DC and British Institute in Eastern Africa Institute for Human Security, Nairobi, Kenya.