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 including Melbourne Museum (2009), FORM (2014) and The Centre For Muslim States and Societies, UWA (2012). 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. She completed her Honours in Anthropology in 2010 and became 2012 she was 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 and in the Bed-Stuy Arts Walk monthly program at the Macon Library in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. More recently she curated the shows DiverCITY: Muslim Women on Style and Fashion in Perth (2015) and Tales of Children: The Syrian Story (2016). 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).
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.
4A values the ongoing contribution that our interns make to our organisation. Our current interns: To be announced
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
4A ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Visual Arts Advisory Group Dr Thomas Berghuis, Gary Carsley, Simryn Gill, Olivier Krischer Ambassadors Kate Mizrahi Fundraising Committee Phillip Haw, Jodie Hill, Belinda Lai, Paris Neilson, Nina Skrzynski, Martin O’Sullivan, Angel Whitaker, Joanna Bayndrian