Director: Mikala Tai, 2015 –
Program Manager: Pedro de Almeida, 2012 –
Marketing, Communications & Development Manager: Bridie Moran, 2016 –
Assistant Curator: Micheal Do, 2016 –
Gallery Assistant: Con Gerakaris, 2015 –
Gallery Assistant: Kai Wasikowski, 2017 –
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.
Pedro de Almeida – Program Manager
Pedro is a curator, programmer, arts manager, writer and editor. He has been Program Manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art since 2012. Curatorial projects for 4A include Dacchi Dang: An Omen Near and Far (2017); Sea Pearl White Cloud 海珠白雲 (2016, co-curated with Anthony Yung); MASS GROUP INCIDENT (2015, co-curated with Toby Chapman and Aaron Seeto); and Beijing Silvermine (2014). Independent curatorial projects include Ian North – Felicia: South Australia 1973-1978 (2013) for the Australian Centre for Photography. He previously held the position of Program Manager at Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney’s western suburbs where he worked across a multidisciplinary artistic program, including as Associate Curator for the major three-year project Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12) for Sydney Festival, and has held programming and editorial positions with Sydney Living Museums, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Allen & Unwin. Pedro’s writing on art is published regularly, appearing in ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly Australasia and Broadsheet Journal among others, as well as several exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs. He is editor of 4A Papers. Pedro recently participated in Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2017, Kolkata, an annual platform for developing and sustaining discourse on curatorial practice and exhibition making through critical discussion and debate.
Bridie Moran – Manager, Marketing, Communications & Development
Bridie is an arts manager, writer and marketing and development professional who joined 4A as Marketing, Communications and Development Manager in 2016. She has a background in contemporary arts and cultural organisations, having worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Her previous roles include as inaugural Program Manager of the Australia Council funded National Craft Initiative and most recently as Partnerships and Marketing Manager at The Walkley Foundation. From 2011 – 2013, Bridie was Executive Producer of Arts and Culture at FBi Radio and a supervising producer on weekly arts radio program Canvas. Bridie graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) in 2012 and in 2016 completed a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney. Bridie is a member of the Board of Directors in 2017/2018 at Firstdraft, a national artist-led organisation.
Micheal Do – Assistant Curator
Micheal Do is a curator and cultural producer based in Western Sydney, NSW. His curatorial focus lies in developing thematic and immersive exhibitions that extrapolate research and artistic practices into contemporary contexts. Micheal is currently developing 5X5, a survey of 5 artist/collector relationships for Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney. His exhibition Soft Core, exploring soft and inflatable sculptures developed for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, is currently touring eight regional and rural galleries throughout New South Wales and Victoria. Micheal has previously held the position of Producer of Creative Programs at The Red Room Company; Exhibition Manager at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, where he curated RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW in 2015; Parade Coordinator (Community Engagement) at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras; Exhibitions Manager at Liverpool City Council Library; Programs Officer at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; and Open Day Co-ordinator at the University of New South Wales Art and Design. Micheal’s recent curatorial projects include, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW (2015) at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, and Solid State (2015) at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. He was one of the 2016 participants of the 4A Curators’ Intensive.
Con Gerakaris – Gallery Assistant – Operations
Con was part of 4A’s project team for Yangjiang Group: Actions for Tomorrow, contributing as a project assistant. He has volunteered at the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012, invigilating and liaising for Sachiko Abe). Con has recently completed a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney after graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the same institution.
Harriet Reid – Gallery Assistant – Research
Harriet graduated from Macquarie University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Arts Practice and Management. She is currently studying a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney for which she was awarded a CSP Government Scholarship for outstanding academic merit. Harriet has volunteered at several art festivals including the 19th Biennale of Sydney and the Beams Art Festival in Chippendale. She joined the 4A team as a project assistant for the exhibition Chen Qiulin: One Hundred Names.
Kai Wasikowski – Gallery Assistant
Kai is a Sydney-based artist working primarily with photography, multimedia and installation. He recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours with University Medal) at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2016 where he was awarded the Deans Award for Honours and the Artereal Gallery Mentoring Award. He has held and been a part of numerous exhibitions in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery, Sydney this November. Earlier this year Kai’s work was shown in Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts where he was awarded the 2017 Schenberg Art Fellowship and a year-long mentorship with 4A Director Mikala Tai.