CEO Liz Nowell
Liz Nowell is the inaugural CEO of ACE Open and former Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA). Between 2010 – 2015 she was based in Sydney and New York, where she worked as an independent curator, writer and lecturer, working with organisations such as the Brooklyn Museum, Desart, Sydney College of the Arts, and SafARI 2014, of which she was co-Director. Prior to this, Liz held curatorial and administrative positions at the University of NSW Art and Design, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Tandanya and Country Arts SA.
Curator Toby Chapman
Toby Chapman is a curator and producer who has delivered a broad range of artistic and cultural projects in partnership with local, national and international organisations. He has curated major socially-engaged and site-specific projects, as well as exhibitions, for organisations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; the 9th Shanghai Biennale; and the 13th Jakarta Biennale.
Business & Operations Manager Sarita Burnett
Sarita Burnett holds a Bachelor of Design, UniSA, a graduate diploma in Art History, University of Adelaide and is a fellow of the Gemmologicial Association. Passionate about contemporary art and design, she has over twenty years experience in senior public and private sector business administration, including design, exhibition management and retail administration and management. Sarita was general manager for the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, production manager for Broadsheet Journal, and in 2015, was project manager for CACSA Contemporary, a multi-venue exhibition, presenting 44 South Australian artists.
Marketing & Communications Manager Stephanie Lyall
Stephanie Lyall is a strategic arts marketer who is driven to connect artists with audiences. She has previously held marketing and development roles at Next Wave, Adelaide Festival, Brink Productions and Adelaide Fringe, as well as the role of Associate Editor at Right Angle Studio’s Five Thousand online city guide. Deeply invested in Adelaide and its cultural growth, Stephanie was a founding board member of Renew Adelaide, and member of the Format Collective during its time on Peel Street.
Public Programs Coordinator & Weekend Gallery Manager Vivian Cooper
Vivian Cooper is a producer and arts administrator. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University and is currently completing a MA in Arts and Cultural Management (Deakin University). She has worked in learning-focused roles to drive audience engagement with contemporary art and artists’ practice at Tate Galleries, National Gallery of Victoria, and Signal, the City of Melbourne’s Youth Arts Studio. Before joining ACE Open, she assisted with the development and delivery of public programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Kate Irving (Chair)