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)