Meet Jeremy Smith & Ashley Yihsin Chang
We are thrilled to announce that Jeremy Smith has been appointed as PICA’s General Manager. Jeremy will be returning to Perth after four years at the Australia Council for the Arts as Arts Practice Director – Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts. Jeremy will commence his role at PICA in mid April, with Georgia Malone as Acting General Manager prior to his arrival.
Jeremy has previously held a range of senior positions in the corporate, not for profit and government sectors in WA, including as Manager – Community Investment with Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and Manager – Regional Arts and Strategic Development at DADAA. He brings a wealth of leadership experience as well as strong local, national and international networks amongst artists, arts organisations and arts supporters. As a disabled man, Jeremy is a fierce advocate of celebrating differences and transforming othering attitudes. He also promotes actions to ensure these values are central to our arts, cultural and creative industries.
The talented Ashley Yihsin Chang has recently joined us as Engagement Programs Curator. Ashley is a Perth based Taiwanese art curator with over 20 years’ work experience as an art curator, arts manager and coordinator in museums, government and diplomatic institutions, community arts centres and art consultant agencies.
Ashley’s previous roles include Cultural Program Manager at the American Institute (Taiwan), Deputy Director of Taipei Artist Village, Public Art & Arts Festival Coordinator at L’Orangerie International Arts Consultant Company and curator at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. She has also worked on several cross-cultural projects in Perth including Turner Galleries’ participation in Art Taipei 2016, the Perth-Taipei Curatorial Residency Exchange Program, A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth, and Antipodean Encounters: Western Australian Artists and Taiwanese Culture. She co-curated of Unfolding Acts: New Art from Taipei and Perth and facilitated a curatorial partnership with Taipei Fine Arts Museum.