Diego Ramirez is an artist and writer interested in terror as a response to the Other. He has held solo exhibitions and individual screenings locally and internationally at the Australian Centre for The Moving Image; MARS Gallery; and Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography. Group shows include Art Central Hong Kong; Torrance Art Museum; WRO Media Art Biennale; Hong-Gah Museum; and Careof. Ramirez’s writing features in A+a: Art and Australia; Runway Journal; and Critical Contemporary Culture Journal. He co-edited the booklet *dumb brunette vol.1. Ramirez is represented by MARS Gallery.
Anita Spooner alternates as a public programmer, curator, editor and producer with a background in time-based practice. She holds a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and has worked with several arts organisations and festivals – most recently as independent curator with Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival. Anita currently works with Millennium Film Journal as Editorial Associate and Next Wave Festival as Associate Producer (Partnerships). She directs Interval Projects.
Hanann Al Daqqa
Hanann Al Daqqa is an Australian emerging curator based in Melbourne. After growing up in South East Asia, her practice revolves around exploring diasporic identities including her own, and facilitating the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse arts practitioners in Melbourne. She was a participant in 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Curators Intensive Program, and Footscray Community Art Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. She has also worked for organizations such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, and Next Wave Festival. She graduated with a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne in 2016.
Exhibition Liaison and Curatorial Mentor
Maddy Anderson is a Melbourne based artist, graduating from Monash in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), her thesis detailing research regimes of children and their evolutionary necessity for ‘play’, focusing on Play Technique methods and the subconscious motivations behind this integral need, centring on the science of art making. Maddy volunteered at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (2014-2016) and Caves Gallery (2015), and has worked with children and students facilitating and delivering creative workshops. In July of 2017 she was selected to undertake a studio residency at Naked State in Ontario, Canada. Maddy currently has a solo exhibition Colloquial Disquisition on display in the Capsule, The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Arcade.
First Nations Programming Coordinator
Moorina Bonini is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and member of the Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and member of the Briggs family. Moorina is a practicing artist whose works are inspired by her own experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman and within her practice creates artwork that examines contemporary Indigenous histories through the use of installation and video. Moorina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)(Honours) at VCA. Her work has been exhibited within group shows and at various galleries such as Ballarat International Poto Biennale, Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, SEVENTH Gallery and Brunswick Street Gallery. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University and The University of Melbourne.
Exhibition Liaison & Curatorial Mentor
Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist. His practice is driven by questions around whiteness in Australian culture, and the racialised dynamics of the contemporary art sector. His writing has been published in Overland, Art+Australia and Runway. He was the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Curator Mentorship through BLINDSIDE, and a participant in Footscray Community Art Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leader’s program. He is co-director of Mailbox Art Space.
Partnerships and Development
Charlotte Christie is a cultural producer, curator and arts manager who has worked across Melbourne’s cultural sector for over 10 years with a focus on developing and managing community-engaged, inclusive arts programming. She is currently the Senior Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square. Previous to this, she was the Collection Manager and Curator at The Dax Centre (2010 – 2014). In her career she has won two Museums Australia awards (2014 & 2015), managed two major gallery relocation projects, curated local and touring exhibitions, and developed small to large-scale public programming. Charlotte is a Board Member of The Gallery@BACC Board, Bayside Council and holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.
Harry is a lawyer with experience across property and commercial law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University and a Juris Doctor (Law) from Monash University. He has a passion for the arts, innovation and expression. Harry has experience performing in different bands across Melbourne, and spends his spare time writing and experimenting with electronic music as Yakini.
Fundraising and Development
Thea Jones is an artist based in Melbourne. Thea holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy, from Monash University. Themes of the void, the space between, the potentiality of nothingness, and the location of language in these spaces draw together the threads of Thea’s practice. She often utilises textiles and traditional craft techniques to explore these themes. Recent projects include All her thoughts are so tactile, a residency and site specific installation at Heritage Hill, Dandenong. In 2017 Thea presented solo exhibitions at TCB Art and Bus Projects.
Writers Program Coordinator
Chantelle Mitchell is an early career curator and arts researcher with a focus on contemporary theory, feminist practice and the Anthropocene. A graduate from the University of Melbourne’s Master of Curatorship program in 2017, she has worked in various capacities across the public and commercial sector, most recently at Anna Pappas Gallery. In addition, Chantelle has interned as a publications assistant with the Monash University Museum of Art, as well as other organisations including c3 Gallery, NotFair Art Fair, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Papulankutja Art Centre.
Born and raised in Alice Springs, Jade Bitar moved to Melbourne where she achieved both a Masters of Arts Curatorship and a Masters of Graphic Communication. Developing diverse experience in the arts through working at festivals, museums and local government, Jade eventually made her way to the Yarra Ranges Council where she currently works as the Regional Exhibitions Officer. Working across multiple venues in the region Jade produces a varied arts program while also curating projects and exhibitions outside of her full-time role. Recent notable projects include acting as Exhibitions Curator at both the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and the Emerging Makers and Curators Exhibition at Craft Victoria. Jade is dedicated to delivering immersive
Sophie is the current manager of Vault Magazine: Australasian Arts & Culture and previously managed SEVENTH gallery from 2015 – 2018. She independently curates and consults on arts projects such as fundraising events and community engagement programs in a freelance capacity through her creative business Monday Week. She holds a BA, major in Art History from the University of Melbourne. She has also worked extensively in the commercial arts sector including at Sotheby’s Australia, Flinders Lane Gallery and Port Jackson Press Australia. She joined the SEVENTH board in 2014 and continues in her role as Treasurer in 2018.
Exhibition Liaison & Curatorial Mentor
Ella Sowinska is an artist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. Ella holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University and is currently completing a Masters of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. Ella’s work is concerned with the private and intimate lives of others, and the obsession and fascination with the documentation of them. She is guided by the theoretical discourses of reality television and documentary practices. In 2016, Ella undertook a four-month residency in Berlin and in 2017 her performance Flashmob Flashmob was exhibited at TCB Art inc.
Leela Schauble joined SEVENTH Gallery as Media Strategist in 2017. Leela received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), majoring in Painting from Monash University in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts Research at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. She is an emerging new media artist, using video to explore the relationship between technology and the natural environment. Leela has exhibited locally and internationally. Most recently Leela embarked on an artist residency to the Arctic Circle which informed her Masters research. Leela previously held a position at Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival as Marketing Manager and was previously an Online Development intern at CLIMARTE.
Exhibition Liaison & Curatorial Mentor
Born in China, Siying Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work reflects on interconnected subjects, such as the religious practice and cultural traditions in the life of the nomad, identity of individuals within the culture of globalization and the correlation of physical and imaginary spaces. Zhou has exhibited and participated in residencies nationally and internationally. She is recipient of the John and Mary Kerley International Travel Scholarship in 2016, and the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award twice at VCA Art Masters graduation exhibition opening ceremony in 2015 and 2017. Zhou is currently a candidate of Master of Fine Art at VCA.
Lisa Jacomos, Olivia Moriarty, Rachel Green, Adrian Jing Song, Molly Stephenson, James Boyle, Karen Quintal-Franssenn, John Elcatsha, Jacinta Lombardozz, Tash McCammon, Sonia Jude, Katalia Pribadi, Jordan Smart, Terri Smith
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