Director: Mikala Tai, 2015 –
Business Manager: Pedro de Almeida, 2012 –
Engagement and Development Manager: Bridie Moran, 2016 –
Assistant Curator: Micheal Do, 2016 –
Program Coordinator: Con Gerakaris, 2015 –
Operations and Production Coordinator: Kai Wasikowski, 2017 –
Marketing and Programs Coordinator: Rob Henningham, 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.
Pedro de Almeida – Business Manager
Pedro is a curator, programmer, arts manager, writer and editor. He was Program Manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from 2012-2018. 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 – Engagement and Development Manager
Bridie Moran is an arts manager, editor and programmer, who works across arts development, administration and media. Bridie is also a Board Director at Sydney artist-run initiative Firstdraft, and assistant editor on The Journal of Australian Ceramics. 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, and as inaugural Program Manager of the Australia Council funded 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.
Micheal Do – Assistant Curator
Micheal Do is a curator and writer. His exhibition Soft Core, exploring soft and inflatable sculptures developed for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, is currently touring twelve regional and rural galleries throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. He was previously Producer of Creative Programs at The Red Room Company, Exhibition Manager at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Exhibitions Manager at Liverpool City Council Library, and Programs Officer at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Do curated Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu (2017) for 4A and has also recently developed 5X5, a survey of 5 artist/collector relationships for Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney (2018). Hiss arts writing appears in publications including Art Collector Australia, Art Review Asia and 10 Magazine. He is the 2018 recipient of The Freedman Foundation’s Travelling Scholarship for Curators.
Con Gerakaris – Program Coordinator
Con is an early-career arts administrator, curator 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 curated It’s Pronounced “GIF,” Not “GIF” (2017), Goodspace, Chippendale; Citizens of No Place (2018), Down/Under Space, Chippendale; 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.
Kai Wasikowski – Operations and Production Coordinator
Kai is a Sydney-based artist working with photography, multimedia and object. Kai completed a BVA (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. In 2017 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 Mikala Tai, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Kai’s work has been exhibited across Australia and internationally including solo exhibitions at Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney), Artereal Gallery (Sydney), Nicholas Projects (Melbourne), PhotoAccess (Canberra) and group exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), Sullivan+Strumpf (Singapore), Rosalux Gallery (Berlin), Gosford Regional Gallery (NSW) and Wellington Street Projects (Sydney). In 2018 Kai exhibited as a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship at Artspace, Sydney.
Rob Henningham- Marketing and Programs Coordinator
Rob is an arts administrator and writer with a range of experience in arts administration and marketing across multiple disciplines in the arts at orgnisations including ACCA, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company Chunky Move and Melbourne’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival Midsumma. Rob first started working with 4A on 2017 projects ‘Speculative Entertainment No. 1’ and ‘Progress: The Game of Leaders’ by Indonesian and Singaporean artist’s Uji (Hahan) Handoko Eko Saputro and Sam Lo. Rob is particularly passionate about diversity and accessibility in the visual art sector and in 2017 gained a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne, where he completed intensive fieldwork studying contemporary art in China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from La Trobe University and has worked with Fairfax Media across major news outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Spectrum Magazine and MMag.