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 experience in producing, programming, strategy, international relations, community development and social enterprise. From 2013 to early 2021, Amrit worked at the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory agency. As the Council’s Director of International Development, she led on international strategic investment across artforms, overseeing the Venice Biennale project and implementation of the agency’s first international arts strategy, expanding engagement and investment in Asia and global First Nations exchange. Earlier in her career, Amrit held roles at Milk Crate Theatre, the 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, graduating in 2008.
Mariam Arcilla – Engagement and Development Manager
Mariam Arcilla is a creative producer, writer and digital marketer who has worked in the arts sector since 2006. She has held various roles in galleries, museums, governments, ARIs and creative start-ups, and has a deep zest for cross-field and experimental collaborations. Born to a Filipino artist and a Singaporean stewardess, Mariam grew up between studios, artspaces and make-shift homes in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. She migrated to Australia in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Creative Arts in Contemporary Art & Writing from Griffith University. Mariam’s background in gallery directing and curating led her to organise programs and campaigns with Institute of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Arts Queensland, Art Month Sydney, State Library of Qld, City of Gold Coast, THE WALLS, and Liquid Architecture. Her writing is placed in institutional websites and publications, including VAULT, Running Dog, Art Collector and Runway.
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 Tường Vy Nguyễn is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and arts worker living and working on unceded Dharug and Gadigal land. She joined 4A for its Lunar New Year activations in 2019, after working in digital media and events production for organisations such as Carriageworks, Kensington Street precinct, News Corp Australia and Bauer Media. She is interested in exploring dichotomies of control and chaos in her writing, which has been featured in Runway Journal, University of Sydney’s Philament Journal and Digital Artist Residency (in collaboration with BIPOC-focused multidisciplinary collective Close isn’t Home). She is currently completing a Bachelor of Communications & Media (Journalism) at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
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.