Director: Mikala Tai, 2015 –
Program Manager: Pedro de Almeida, 2012 –
Marketing, Communications & Development Manager: Bridie Moran, 2016 –
Assistant Curator: Hamida Novakovich, 2016 –
Gallery Assistant: Con Gerakaris, 2015 –
Gallery Assistant: Harriet Reid, 2016 –
Gallery Assistant: Isabelle Thor-Horeburn, 2016 –
Interns: Rujunko Pugh, Alexandra Stolfo and Carissa Tan
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 an arts manager, curator and writer, joining 4A as Program Manager in 2012. Over the past decade he has developed and delivered a broad range of artistic and cultural projects in partnership with local and international organisations that have been distinguished by their engagement with culturally and socially diverse artists, communities and audiences. He co-curated 4A projects Sea Pearl White Cloud (2016), presented at Observation Society, Guangzhou; the multi-stage exhibition and performance project MASS GROUP INCIDENT (2015); curated Beijing Silvermine (2014); and produced many others, includingSong Dong: Dad and Mum, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well (2013), presented in partnership with Carriageworks. Independent curatorial projects include Ian North – Felicia: South Australia 1973-1978 (2013) for the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. As Program Coordinator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2008-2011) Pedro worked across a multidisciplinary program with a focus on local community engagement. He project managed the major exhibitions Edge of Elsewhere (2010-2012), produced in partnership with 4A for Sydney Festival, for which he was also Associate Curator; Gallery A Sydney 1964-1983(2009); and Ngadhu, Ngulili, Ngeaninyagu: A Personal History of Aboriginal Art in the Premier State (2008) curated by Djon Mundine. Pedro’s writing on art is published regularly and has appeared in ArtAsiaPacific, Art & Australia, Art Monthly Australasia, American Suburb X, Broadsheet Journal, LEAP, Photofile andun Magazine among others. He has authored and contributed to several exhibition catalogues and artists’ monographs, most recently TV Moore: With Love & Squalor (2015). Pedro graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2003. In 2014 he undertook a secondment at Delfina Foundation, London, and is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy (Art Theory) at University of New South Wales Art & Design.
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. She is currently completing a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney after graduating from the University of NSW with distinction in a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts in 2012. In 2015, Bridie was a participant in the Australia ICOMOS Mentorship Program.
Hamida Novakovich – Assistant Curator
Hamida is a curator, researcher and writer specialising in contemporary Muslim art and identity in Australia. Since 2004 Hamida has initiated and delivered a broad range of cultural and community endeavors in partnership with local and international artists and organisations. Working primarily with young people in the Perth Muslim community she is driven by her passion to connect diverse peoples and tell their stories. In 2008 Hamida created Alif Arts Hub, a grass-roots organization dedicated to strengthening intercultural understanding through the arts. She collaborated with FORM on the inaugural street art festival PUBLIC (2014), and conducted the SYMPOSIUM: Creative Expressions of Muslim Identity in Contemporary Art (2014) in conjunction with The Centre For Muslim States and Societies, UWA which brought together a range of Muslim artists and curators for the first time in Perth. Hamida’s interest in curating began when she interned at FORM on the Canning Stock Route Project in 2008 and at Melbourne Museum in 2009. After completing her Honours in Anthropology in 2010 she became a Research officer at The Centre For Muslim States and Societies working on The Debate on Banning the Burqa in Australia survey project and Forum (2011) tutoring in Islam and World Politics at UWA. In 2012 Hamida became an Assistant Curator at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, primarily working with a significant collection of works on paper from 1945, Northern Territory. Hamida studied curating at Sotheby’s Institute of Fine Arts in New York, 2014 and volunteered at Creative Time in 2015 on Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Black Joy in the hour of chaos in Central Park. She was also invited to interview emerging African-American women artists for the monthly Bed-Stuy Arts Walk at the Macon Library in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. More recently Hamida curated the shows DiverCITY: Muslim Women on Style and Fashion in Perth city (2015) and Tales of Children: The Syrian Story (2016) with long-time collaborator Shameema Kolia. This year, Hamida completed her role as Emerging Curator for HERE&NOW16/ GenYM (2016) at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery working with nine contemporary Muslim artists including Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah exploring the multitude of experiences ‘growing up Muslim’ in Australia. She recently completed her Masters in Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia on her work: Curating GenYM: art and identity, contemporary Muslim artists (2012 – 2016). Hamida continues to build on her area of research interest in Malaysia, Indonesia and the UK.
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.