Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer: Amrit Gill, 2021–
Engagement and Development Manager: Mariam Arcilla, 2020 –
Stakeholder Manager: Bridie Moran, 2016 –
Assistant Curator: Reina Takeuchi, 2019 –
Assistant Curator: Con Gerakaris, 2015 –
Gallery Assistant: Dacchi Dang, 2019 –
Gallery Assistant: Lucia Nguyen, 2019 –
Gallery Assistant: Nicole Beck, 2020 –
Amrit Gill – Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer
Amrit is an arts and cultural worker with 15 years’ experience in the industry across producing, programming, strategy, international relations, community development and social enterprise. Since 2017 she has served as Director International Development at the Australia Council for the Arts, leading on international strategic investment and project delivery across visual arts, experimental arts, literature, music, theatre and dance. At the Australia Council she has managed the review of international residency programs, served as project director for Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and 2022, and led the implementation of the agency’s first international arts strategy expanding engagement and investment in Asia and global First Nations exchange. Prior to joining the Australia Council, Amrit worked at Milk Crate Theatre, British Council Australia, and Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE). She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory and a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of New South Wales.
Mariam Arcilla – Engagement and Development Manager
Mariam Arcilla is a creative producer, writer, editor and arts marketer who has worked in the Australian creative sector since 2006. She has held senior roles in galleries, museums, artist-run initiatives, government departments, and creative start-ups. Born to a Filipino artist and a Singaporean air hostess, Mariam spent her childhood zigzagged between studios, galleries and make-shift homes. Finessing her zest for art—and the many avenues for showcasing it—led her to collaborate with organisations to help brighten the connections between art, places and people. Mariam has produced programs and marketing campaigns in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Arts Queensland, STATION gallery, Art Month Sydney, State Library of Queensland / Asia Pacific Design Library, City of Gold Coast, THE WALLS, Renew Newcastle, Uber, Semipermanent, Liquid Architecture, BIGSOUND and others. For five years, Mariam worked for Queensland’s state and local government, where she developed a zest for digital communications. In 2016, she relocated to Sydney to delve into creative tech, generating education programs and campaigns to improve user-experience platforms on a global scale. Mariam’s writing portfolio spans content ideation, creative writing, copywriting, editing, marketing content, social media copy and UXP. Her text appears in museum publications, institutional websites and social platforms, and she has been published in VAULT, Art Guide, Running Dog, Art Collector, Runway, Broadsheet, Acclaim and RealTime. With support from the Institute of Modern Art, Mariam produced and hosted the Interno podcast, featuring global conversations that amplified artistic value and social duty in times of flux. Mariam joined 4A in mid-2020 and is currently the Engagement and Development Manager and 4A Papers Editor.
Bridie Moran – Stakeholder Manager
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.
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.