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Gary Deirmendjian
Artist

Based in Sydney, Gary has developed an uncommon, experimental and socially questioning mode of practice, encompassing sculpture, photography, video, installation and site-specific intervention. As an artist, it has become for him essential to find more direct means to connect with a broader public, in their own domain, free of any obligation, mediation or justification. Demonstrably ambitious, his major works typically take form in shared/public places, are of temporary presence and free to public experience. Appearing diverse on the surface, his body of work is bound by an underlying unity of intent. Gary has exhibited extensively, and received numerous awards and new work invitations/commissions for private and public artworks, as well as site-specific projects, realised broadly in Australia and several internationally. He holds an MFA in Sculpture from National Art School in Sydney, where he has been teaching as a Sessional Lecturer since 2012. Prior to turning to full-time artistic practice, Gary trained as an Aeronautical Engineer (Honours, University of NSW, 1990) becoming significantly active in Defence Research & Development, and later in Industrial Design through establishing private practice and teaching (Lecturer, Western Sydney University, 1996–2001). He is the author/photographer of Sydney Sandstone (Craftsman House, 2002), containing essays from contributors including Tim Flannery, Shirley Fitzgerald and Phillip Cox. www.garo.com.au

Jane Devery
Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria

Over a career of more than fifteen years, Jane has worked with a wide range of leading contemporary artists and curated more than thirty exhibitions including large-scale surveys of contemporary art, thematic exhibitions and monographic career surveys including Rosslynd Piggott: I sense you but I cannot see you (2019), Robert Hunter (2018) and Emily Floyd: the Dawn (2014). A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Jane holds a MA in Art Curatorship and a BA (Honours) in Art History and Cinema Studies. Jane regularly speaks and writes about contemporary art, has edited several exhibition catalogues, written for numerous catalogues, books and magazines, and from 2010–2013 was the commissioning editor of Art Journal, the NGV’s annual scholarly research publication. She is currently working on a major survey exhibition on the New York-based, French contemporary artist Camille Henrot opening at NGV International in May 2020.

Liss Fenwick
Public Art Project Lead, City of Melbourne

Liss is a practicing artist, researcher and public art producer working in the Creative Urban Places team at City of Melbourne. Her role involves curating and commissioning art in the public realm, with a particular focus on exploring the city’s layered narratives and centring Kulin Intelligence in new modes of practice. She is originally from the Northern Territory, and relocated to Melbourne in 2017 to undertake a practice-led PhD in visual art at RMIT University. www.lissfenwick.com

Charmaine Moldrich
CEO, Outdoor Media Association, Australia

Charmaine joined the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) in 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience specialising in management, leadership, marketing, communications, and business development. She started her media career in Adelaide, South Australia, and at 24 years of age was working as the Station Manager of a public radio station, her first management position. Charmaine’s career has been varied with one common theme: working with diverse groups of stakeholders, negotiating and wrangling, and finding the common goal to join forces. The majority of her career has been spent working in the arts – theatre, film, music, festivals and museums which taught her to do a lot with limited resources. Charmaine is enjoying working in the rapidly changing, technology-infused environment of Out of Home and believes that Outdoor advertising is not just an integral part of the media mix but an integral part of the vibrancy of cities.

Alessio Cavallaro
Creative Producer, Fivex Art Prize, and Media Art Curator

A leading artistic director and curator of innovative media arts in Australia, Alessio has been centrally involved in several landmark projects, including: founding Curatorial Director (2015–2019) of Wynscreen, Australia’s largest permanent public screen art project, Wynyard Station, Sydney; Executive Creative Producer and Co-curator of ISEA 2013, Sydney, a major annual international festival of electronic arts and ideas; Senior Curator (2000–2010) of more than fifteen ground-breaking exhibitions at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; Founding Director of dLux MediaArts, Sydney; and curator of widely exhibited video art programs, including for the Australian Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Brisbane. Alessio has served as inaugural member of the Australia Council for the Arts’ New Media Arts Board, and board director of the Sydney Film Festival. He has had the privilege of collaborating with many world-renowned artists and cultural institutions, including Bill Viola, Christian Marclay, Ryoji Ikeda, Stelarc, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pixar Animation Studios, Ars Electronica, Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Kaldor Public Art Projects. Publications as co-editor include the national arts journal RealTime (1994–2000), and the acclaimed Prefiguring Cyberculture (MIT Press 2003).

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