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.
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
Business Manager & Producer
Tim Carter was born in Perth, Western Australia and completed post-graduate studies in Art at Curtin University in 2007, receiving First Class Honours. His interdisciplinary practice incorporates video, installation and drawing to provide intimate encounters with the moving image and interrogate the viewing parameters of the screen. Tim has held various positions in arts administration and education, including Curtin University and Kalamunda Senior High School, as well as working on assessment panels for the WA Department of Education and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. In 2013, Tim was the selected WA representative by the Australia Council for the Arts as Team Leader of the Australian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale. Tim has undertaken many roles throughout his time at PICA, including Front of House Manager (2009-2010), coordination of public programs and donor events (2011-2013), and management of the Hatched: National Graduate Show and the PICA Salon, which he both curated in 2013. Since 2014, Tim has produced PICA’s Performance Program as well as taking on the role of Business Manager in 2015.
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”.
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.
Front of House Manager
Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at the end of 2015. As a part of her degree, Grace completed a 10 week industry placement at PICA as part of the communications team. Coming from a music background, Grace has been involved in the arts from a young age and is always looking for new opportunities to experience new and exciting art forms. Grace is excited about being able to implement and develop the skills and knowledge gained from her degree in her role as Front of House Manager, and is passionate about providing unique experiences to all PICA audiences.
Andrew Varano is a curator, writer and artist from Perth. He graduated from Curtin University with honours in 2010. While studying he attended the Fondazione Antonio Ratti workshops in Italy, studying under the visiting professor Walid Raad. He is currently the editor and producer of ‘Status Effect’, a quarterly podcast which explores the social and political structures of the artworld. He is also, along with Dan Bourke and Gemma Weston, working towards opening a new artist run project space ‘Pet Projects’ in the coming months. In 2015, he participated in the curatorial development program with the Australia Council as part of the Venice Biennale. He has had writing published in Artlink, AQNB and Un Magazine amongst others. Between 2011 and 2013 he was a co-director of OK Gallery in Perth.
As an artist Andrew has held solo exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Venn Gallery and Gallerysmith Project Space. In 2012 he received a Qantas Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award and in 2010 he received the Dr. Harold Schenberg prize for his work in the Hatched national graduate exhibition.
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.
Acting Communications Manager
Rachel Audino is an emerging arts marketer in WA. For the last three years she has worked for the Perth International Arts Festival as the Artist Liaison for the Perth Writers Festival, and Social Media Assistant for The Giants by Royal de Luxe in 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University in 2013 and gained experience through internships and assistant roles with Muse Bureau, Big Bang Productions and Proximity Festival. Rachel has also worked independently on a number of projects including Isabella Stone’s mouseprint at the State Theatre Centre of WA, and Marketing & Publicity Assistant for Proximity Festival 2015 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Most recently Rachel has worked at Performing Lines WA and Little Shout under Thom Smyth as Marketing Assistant and as an Associate at Georgia Malone Consulting working with clients including Brookfield Place, CircuitWest, Disrupted: Festival of Ideas at the State Library of WA and Mello House.
Sarah studied history and political science in Zurich, Switzerland and now lives in Perth, Australia, where she works as an arts manager. After graduating in arts management from WAAPA in 2010, she was Operations Manager at Perth Theatre Company, where she was responsible for philanthropy, fundraising and touring. Following this role, Sarah spent time in New York with the artist representative company Elsie Management to learn all about international producing and the US performing arts industry. From 2013 to 2015 Sarah worked as producer for the artist collective The Last Great Hunt, representing award-winning work such as The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer nationally and internationally.
In 2015, Sarah took on the role of Programming Assistant for Perth International Arts Festival working on Royal de Luxe’s street spectacle de Giants and then plunged into the madness that is Fringe World Festival, where she was the producer of The Pleasure Garden.