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.
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.
Born in Hong Kong, Nikki Lam is an artist, curator and producer. Working primarily with moving images, performance and installation, her work explores hybrid identities often through studies of rituals, language and representations, as well as the ephemeral medium of video. Nikki is currently Co-Director of Hyphenated Projects and Associate Producer at Next Wave. She has been the Artistic Director of Channels Video Art Festival (2014-2017), ACMI X coordinator at Australian Centre for Moving Image, visual arts editor at Peril Magazine and digital content producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia (2009, Monash University) and Executive Master of Arts (2014, 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.
Treasurer, 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.
Alec Reade is an emerging producer, community arts facilitator and curator. In early 2017, Alec co-found Narrm (Melbourne) based Pasifika Art Collective, New Wayfinders. Alec co-curated Blak-Queer Futurism for Midsumma Festival at Blak Dot Gallery and Artspace, Sydney, with Kalyani Mumtaz, and has produced events for Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Footscray Community Arts Centre. Alec is an Artistic Associate with for the biennial Due West Arts Festival in 2019, and Associate Producer for Next Wave Festival 2020. Their artistic practice centres performance, having shown spoken word and poetry in a collaborative show as part of Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, and is a vocalist, singing with the Pasefika Vitoria Choir (PICAA inc.) and Sunburnt Soul Choir.
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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Past Board Members
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