Amy Barrett-Lennard has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006. As a dynamic leader, she has brought vision and vitality to a range of arts organisations across Australia and internationally. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Curator of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder, Western Australia; and Manager of the British Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Art History Major) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Post-war and Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, London. A regular contributor to the broader national arts and cultural communities, Amy has sat on numerous boards and panels including those for the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, NETS Victoria, Museums Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts, Art on the Move and the federal government’s Visions of Australia program. She has been President of the Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOS) network since 2009 and is also a member of: the Murdoch University Art Collection Board; Edith Cowan University’s CREATEC (Centre of Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications) Board; and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA Board.
Eugenio Viola, PhD is an Italian Curator and Art Critic. Since 2009 he has held curatorial positions at Madre, the Contemporary Art Museum of Naples. From 2013, as Curator at Large, he has been responsible for the research and development of the museum’s collection and co-curated the first Italian large-scale exhibitions of Boris Mikhailov and Francis Alys; a complex Daniel Buren project, conceived in two parts and across two years; and the largest exhibitions ever devoted to the Italian artists Vettor Pisani and Giulia Piscitelli.
From 2009 to 2012, he was the Curator of the museum’s Project Room. During this time he was responsible for presenting “Transit” Project (2009 – 2011), a series of exhibitions and residencies in partnership with institutions from the Middle East as well as an annual performance festival named Corpus. Art in Action (2009-2012).
Eugenio has also worked as a guest curator for several Italian and International institutions, curating amongst others solo exhibitions devoted to: Regina José Galindo (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, 2016); Karol Radziszewski (CoCA – Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland, 2014); Mark Raidpere (EKKM – The Contemporary Art Museum of Tallinn, Estonia, 2013); Marina Abramović (PAC – Contemporary Art Pavilion, Milan, Italy, 2012); Francesco Jodice (MSU – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011); and ORLAN (MAMC – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint Etienne, France, 2007). In 2015 he curated the Estonian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
He is a scholar in theories and practices related to performance and Body Art and has published and lectured extensively on these subjects. Apollo art magazine has described Eugenio as “one of the most talented and inspirational young people who are driving forward the art world today”.
Tim is a visual artist and creative programmer interested in interdisciplinary practice, artform development and experimental approaches to audience experience.
Tim completed post-graduate studies in Art at Curtin University in 2007, receiving First Class Honours and his practice incorporates video, installation and drawing to interrogate the moving image and its viewing parameters.
Tim has worked at PICA for several years, and is currently the Producer of the performance program. He has also held the roles of Front of House Manager (2009-2010), Special Projects Curator, in which he coordinated PICA’s public programs and donor events and managed the Hatched: National Graduate Show and PICA Salon exhibitions (2011-2013), which he both curated in 2013. He also held the role of Business Manager/Producer, a dual management/programming role from 2015-2017.
Tim has worked in other positions in arts administration and education and was the selected WA representative by the Australia Council for the Arts as a Team Leader of the Australian Pavillion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Andrew Beck was born in Brisbane, grew up in Sydney, went to art school in South Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies (Hons) at Murdoch University. He also has a Diploma in Photography from the Mount Lawley Technical College. Andrew has held numerous positions in the arts industry including: Production Manager for the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Co-Curator, Production Designer & Production Manager for the National Review of Live Art in Midland and Production Manager and Designer at the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth. He has been a Production Manager for numerous festivals, including Totally Huge New Music Festivals and Urban Edge Festivals. Andrew has also run businesses in photography and video production. He is currently the Production Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Nadia Johnson is an emerging curator and exhibition designer; she currently works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2013 Nadia started a one year curatorial fellowship at PICA, where she curated two major exhibitions Hatched 2014: National Graduate Show and the PICA Salon. Prior to taking up the curatorial fellowship at PICA, Nadia completed an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, and a Master of Design from Edith Cowan University, Perth. Nadia has worked on multiple projects including being the publication coordinator and tour manager of Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK and co-curating BYOB Perth (Bring Your Own Beamer) in 2011, a group show of Perth-based sound and video artists at Galleria, Perth. In 2012 she undertook a six month curatorial internship at PICA.
Jo joined PICA in 2008, bringing 35 years experience in events, publishing, running her own businesses and fundraising. She manages the PICA Donor Program, Partnership Program and Endowment fund. Jo’s background in the arts stems from the craft boom of the 80’s and a lifelong commitment to theatre. She is an internationally published author of two books on the art of stencilling. Jo’s business background is in corporate events, education and training. She was the coordinator for the St George’s Cathedral Fundraising Campaign and Special Projects including the St George’s sculpture project; and has been involved in many community, not-for-profit committees and projects. Jo is undertaking study at the Graduate Centre for Social Impact at UWA Business School.
Education Programs Curator
Minaxi has been a practising artist for over 15 years, exploring popular media, consumerism, food, DIY, fashions, the childlike and the everyday. Her style is identified by an extravagant use of colour, repetition, play and design. Minaxi is involved in many aspects of the arts including facilitating workshops, university tutoring, project managing and increasingly design, as well as taking seats on several panels and boards. Minaxi has qualifications in Visual Arts, Art Therapy, Multimedia and Design. She has just returned from the Artsource Basel residency. In addition to her role at PICA, Minaxi is the Special Projects & Events Manager at Paper Mountain, working on her PhD and is an online sessional academic at Curtin. She also presents on Perth’s ‘sound alternative’ radio station RTR FM.
Kira has a strong background in destination marketing, specialising in the digital realm. She grew up in Perth just a stone’s throw from the beach and has since lived in Japan (Himeji and Nagoya) and Paris, France. As well as speaking Japanese and French, she holds a Bachelors Degree (honours) from Edith Cowan University specialising in Advertising, Public Relations and Japanese Language Studies.
In 2005 Kira represented Australia as a Pavilion Attendant in the Australian Pavilion at the Aichi World Expo in Japan. She has since held positions at Tourism WA, RAC WA, City of Perth and FORM. She has also worked as a freelance writer for Urban Walkabout Perth, a tour guide for Two Feet and a Heartbeat, and served on a number of committees including FuturePerth, TEDxPerth, and Beaufort Street Network. Kira’s volunteer experience includes positions with the Art Gallery of WA as an Art Gallery Guide, Open House Perth as a Building Manager, and the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD).
Kira is now the owner and editor of online city guide We Love Perth and is currently engaged as Communications Manager at PICA.
Tim is a Perth-based designer/illustrator. Since graduating from Curtin University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) majoring in Graphic Design, Tim has worked with some of Perth’s top design studios. He has also worked as an in-house designer for several organisations within the arts and creative industries and regularly showcases his flair for original illustration through his freelance work.
Front of House Manager
Lydia started out working at PICA as a Gallery Attendant and Usher in February 2015 as a Master of Fine Arts gradate from College of Fine Art. Since then she has worked as Box Office Manager, Marketing Assistant, Education Assistant and currently as the Front of House Manager. She has worked in front of house positions at Perth International Arts Festival and Art Gallery of Western Australia, as well as in a voluntary capacity at John Caldor’s 13 Rooms, Performance Space and Art Month, Sydney. Throughout her undergraduate at the University of Western Australia, Lydia studied Fine Art, Communication Studies and Anthropology. In 2014, she undertook a six-month curatorial internship at Carriageworks and led education tours for the Biennale of Sydney. She has made a number of writing contributions to educational publications at Biennale of Sydney, UNSW and here at PICA. She is looking forward to her internship at Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, come November.