Photo: Rebecca Mansell

STAFF

Tom Mùller – Artistic Director | CEO | Co-Founder

Tom is an established multi-disciplinary artist with an active international practice spanning the realms of site-responsive and temporal projects. His work has been included in major exhibitions and Institutions including 'The National' at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Adelaide Biennial, Biennale de la Chaux-de-Fonds, and the upcoming Northern Alps Triennale in Japan. He has been the recipient of multiple Australia Council grants, the inaugural winner of the Qantas Contemporary Art prize, a mid-career Fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts. In 2009, he was awarded the Basel international residency program through the Christoph Merian Stiftung. He was mentored by the Russian-American conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov in New York, and studied Anthroposophy at Emerson College in London. He holds a BFA (first class honours) in Sculpture from Curtin University of Technology. In 2017, Tom co-founded the Fremantle Biennale. Tom also sits on the National Association for the Visual Arts Board as an elected artist representative.

Katherine Wilkinson – Program Director | Executive Producer

Katherine is an arts producer and curator with an interest in socially-engaged, collaborative and site-responsive art practices. Alongside her role with the Fremantle Biennale she is the Curator & Project Manager at DADAA and Special Projects Coordinator at Fremantle Arts Centre. Previously she was the Creative Producer for Perth Festival's project, Five Short Blasts (2019), and Curator of Know Thy Neighbour, a series of Perth-based context-responsive art projects presented by International Art Space. She has worked on independent and collaborative projects, with a range of institutions including, Artsource, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, the Perth Public Art Foundation, the City of Melville, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Venice Biennale. Katherine works, lives and swims on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.

Corine Van Hall – Program Associate | Co-Founder

Corine is a creative producer, curator and director. As Public Art Coordinator for the City of Fremantle, Corine leads the City's commitment to commissioning innovative public art and is a founding director of the Fremantle Biennale. As a consultant for the WA State Percent for Art Scheme, Corine works all over the state and directly with many of WA's contemporary visual artists. She is passionate to foster the development of the arts in WA and has broad experience across the arts sector. She has previously worked as exhibition coordinator at the Art Gallery of WA, managing director of the Mark Howlett Foundation, coordinator of Tresillian Arts Centre, exhibition manager at the Fremantle Prison and event producer at the Artrage Festival.

Kate Hulett – Audience Engagement and Communication Director

Kate manages creative space activation projects in WA (under the moniker, MANY Projects) - with a focus on repurposing disused spaces into artist studios, large-scale maker workshops and retail propositions - specially targeted at the small, creative business sector. Working closely with councils, building owners, developers and local communities to deliver positive social outcomes, she is also a member of the Destination Marketing Working Group for the City of Fremantle. Holding a Degree in Psychology, Kate has over a decade experience in the UK working in Public Affairs, stakeholder management and community engagement for blue chip companies and award-winning marketing agencies. Kate also owns the Fremantle concept store, Kate and Abel, runs her own-label hat brand, St Saviours hats, and co-owns the earring company, Pierce, I love you.

Kelsey Ashe – Associate Researcher

Dr. Kelsey Ashe is an artist, writer, independent curator and Lecturer in the School of Design and Built Environment at Curtin University. Her works in textiles, print and film, which explore realms of hidden heritage, constructed mythology and the post-colonial exotic have been exhibited Nationally and Internationally, including at the iconic Sedona Arts Centre in Arizona, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Site: Brooklyn Gallery New York and the National Gallery of Victoria. Kelsey's PhD (Art) investigated how artists construct personal narratives drawn from the Australian landscape, merged with their own multi-cultural or trans-oriental influences, whilst still honouring embedded local mythologies. As an alumni Fremantle Biennale artist (2019) and Fremantle based curator, Kelsey has a special interest in exploring the layered social and cultural history of Walyalup and how artists and their audiences can unearth new stories and create new shared traditions whilst acknowledging and engaging with first nation culture. The recipient of 7 DLGSC creative development grants, Kelsey enjoys fostering cultural production for WA creatives via her curatorial entity Dark Swan Exhibitions and other events. Most recently Kelsey was appointed co-editor of UK based Surrealist Arts Journal 'The Debutante' and was able to extend her interest in writing and researching about women artists in contemporary Surrealism.

Delwyn Everard - Legal Advisor

Delwyn is passionate about the arts and social justice. She provides practical strategic advice to creatives, arts organisations and businesses. Her expertise lies in business governance, business contracts and all forms of intellectual property including Indigenous cultural intellectual property. Her style is collaborative and empowering.

Thea Verall - Accounts


from left to right: Tom Mùller, Corine Van Hall, Pete Stone, Katherine Wilkinson, Harsha Quartermaine, Craig Peterson, Marcus Holmes, Ted Snell, Ariane Palassis, Peter Woodward, Kate Hulett.
Photo: André Avila


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Pete Stone – Chair

Pete is a Fremantle local with 20 years of arts management, programming and production experience. Pete has a unique understanding and love of Fremantle and how it connects with its local and global community. The role that cross organisational collaboration can play in unlocking the potential to realise ambitious programming is one of Pete's driving passions. He is strongly committed to connecting more people to the arts through inviting and challenging programming. Pete's previous positions include General Manager at Fremantle Arts Centre, Manager of Arts and Culture at the City of Fremantle and Producer at Perth Festival. His current role is Creative Producer, Arts and Culture at the City of Melville. Previous board experience includes terms as board member and President of West Australian Music (WAM). Pete has also worked on contemporary music grant assessment panels for state government funding.

Ariane Palassis – Deputy Chair

Receiving her Masters in Architecture from The University of Western Australia gave Ariane a broad skill base coupled with an appreciation for materiality and the details of construction. While practising Palassis worked on a wide range of projects, from new residential and commercial developments to conservation works on some of WA's most important heritage sites. These include Fremantle Prison, Sunset Hospital and the Midland Railway Workshops. In developing her own art practice Ariane has continued to follow her architectural interest in the analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old world rituals and the value of family mythologies and cultural traditions have played a large role in her work.

Craig Yaxley – Treasurer

Craig is a tax partner with KPMG, with over 30 years' experience in finance, tax and accounting. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor, and a member of the Board of Taxation. Craig was previously a board member and treasurer of Black Swan State Theatre Company, and is a member of the KPMG Perth Art Committee.

Peter Woodward – Secretary

Peter Woodward is the Director of Landscape Architecture practice Woodward Design based in Fremantle. Throughout his career Peter has been involved in the incorporation of art and public art into built projects. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Lancaster University and his Master of Arts at Sheffield University Faculty of Architectural Studies. Peter sits on the Heritage Council WA Register Committee and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Marcus Holmes

Marcus is Principal of law firm Land Equity Legal. Marcus' key role on the Board is assisting with governance, compliance, risk management and developing and reviewing artists' and sponsors' contracts. He works with Aboriginal Boards on similar work in the Native Title arena, including in development of corporate policies and procedures. Marcus is also involved in working with local government engaging with the Noongar native title settlement and Victoria's proposed treaty.

Ted Snell

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia. Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts and member of the ARC Advisory Council, Chair of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Chair of University Art Museums Australia. He is currently on the boards of the UQ Art Museum, the WA Churchill Fellowship Regional Committee and ANAT (Australian Network of Art & Technology). He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted Snell is a regular commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and is currently Perth art reviewer for The Australian and writes regularly for The Conversation.

Harsha Quartermaine

Harsha is the Director of Strategic Seed Marketing and holds a Communications Media Honours Degree from KIAD, Kent University and Masters of Marketing from University of Western Australia. She began her career as a semi-abstract fine artist and has extensive marketing experience working with Art and Design organisations, including the Tate Gallery, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Living and working in Fremantle, Harsha is passionate about supporting and promoting inclusive, contemporary artistic experiences within the community.

Craig Peterson

Craig is the founder and managing director of Western Australian building firm, ICS Australia. With 30 years of experience in construction management, Craig brings extensive knowledge of design delivery, risk mitigation, heritage management and solutions-focused build-processes to the Fremantle Biennale board. A Fremantle stalwart, Craig is a strong advocate of contemporary arts, architecture and design - and has been a supporter of numerous community organisations including the Fly By Night Club, The Fremantle Men's Community Shed, Melanoma WA and Kidney Health Australia.

Tom Mùller

(ex-officio)

ADVISORY BOARD
The Fremantle Biennale Advisory Group is instrumental in helping the organisation reach its full potential. The Advisory Board is a panel of experts from across Australia role who advise the Fremantle Biennale on matters of artistic and cultural programming. The group is committed to including a diversity of experiences and perspectives.

Margaret Moore – Chair

Margaret Moore Margaret is founder and Director of MOORE CONTEMPORARY, a gallery platform committed to the presentation and promotion of international and local contemporary art practice. Its establishment follows significant public roles that have included Curator and Program Manager: Visual Arts at the Perth International Arts Festival, and curatorial, management and educational positions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Australia. She has contributed to cultural developments and advocacy through numerous board positions, major projects, and published writing. She is current Chair of the Murdoch University Art Collection Board, a member of University of Western Australia Collections Advisory Board, and a former Chair of the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Margaret Moore is a curatorial and collection advisory consultant to select corporate and private collections that includes Woodside Energy and KPMG.


Patrick Beale

Patrick is the Director of ATC Studio, a practice specialising in engineering timber design, prefabrication, construction and research and the appropriate use of native Australian and plantation timber. Patrick was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at UWA and Director of the ATC Research program and has served on the RAIA Chapter Council and Education Committee. Patrick is a passionate supporter of the appropriate and properly informed use of timber in design and construction at all scales.

Clothilde Bullen

Clothilde, a Wardandi(Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman, is Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She was previously Curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, where she worked for over a decade. She has curated a number of shows independently including Darkness on the Edge of Town in 2016 at Artbank, Sydney, and When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2017. She is the coeditor of the black edition of Artlink magazine in 2018 and is a board member on Artmonthly magazine. Clothilde has written and had feature essays in a number of catalogues including Defying Empire, Tarnanthi and Being Tiwi, and been published extensively including in Artlink and Sturgeon. She is an alumni member of the British Council Accelerate Scholarship for Indigenous leadership in the arts.

Karen Jacobs

Karen is a bloodline descendant and a traditional owner of Whadjuk Country. Her primary focus is on developing and encouraging Aboriginal people's involvement in enterprise and business opportunities. She has an extensive background in cultural heritage, environmental management, tourism and education with qualifications in horticulture and corporate governance. Karen has recently taken up a lecturing position at UWA in Foundation to Heritage Management. Her career has led her into the analysis of probity and procurement, financial management, the marketing and promotion of Aboriginal education and training programs and Aboriginal engagement and participation strategies across all industries.

Hannah Mathews

Hannah is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014), Action/Response, Dance Massive Festival (2013), Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011), as well as NEW 11, ACCA and Primavera 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is currently a senior curator at Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne.

Grant Revell

Grant grew up in the mighty Kaurna foothills of Adelaide. He now lives on the beach in North Fremantle, Western Australia. Revell is a young practicing landscape architect and urban planner with over forty years of experience working internationally, nationally and locally in urban & regional Western Australia. His significant inter-cultural design work has been widely published and recognised with awards from both the academy and the planning and landscape architectural professions in Australia and overseas. Grant was awarded a National Fellow of The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in 2014 for his services to Indigenous design education and practice; and recognised in Australia's Black Book of Green People in 2016. Grant is currently a 'recovering academic' working slowly on the mentoring of young design professionals, design critic, fiction writer, Leighton body-surfer, and community-activator with some pet community design projects here in Nyungar Perth, and (back home) in Ngarrindjeri country, South Australia.

Leigh Robb

Leigh is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Previously she was the Senior Curator at PICA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. With over 15 years of experience, Robb's previous roles include Associate Director at Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and she led the Internship and Education programs at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and her Masters in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Leigh Robb is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Adelaide and is a board member of Art Monthly and Adelaide Central School of Art.

Soula Veyradier

Soula is a cultural producer, curator and arts manager having worked across the visual arts and museum areas in Australia and overseas. She is the Programs Director for International Art Space (formerly IASKA). Previous roles include Manager and Curator of the Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Wireless Hill Museum and Melville Discovery Centre; Project Coordinator National Geographic, Greece; Coordinator Pulsart Artists Collective, France; Manager Western Australian Museum Perth and Interpretation Consultant for the Subiaco East Redevelopment Project and Royal Perth Hospital/Historic Heart of Perth.. Soula was founder of the City of Melville TILT Artist in Residence Program; Judge Australian Museums & Galleries Awards (MAGNAS); National Councillor AMaGA, Chair Community Arts Network Board; Chair Museums & Galleries National Conference Perth 2011 and Co-Convenor for the Day of Ideas Symposium with the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies. Soula currently sits on the Regional Arts WA, Australian Museums & Galleries Association.