ACE Open Front Room
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Join independent curator Jasmin Stephens (NSW) and ACE Open’s Audience Engagement & Studio Programs Manager Vivian Cooper for a reflection on their time at the 2019 Venice Biennale as part of the Australia Council’s Emerging Arts Professionals Program.
Stephens acted as a mentor to Cooper during the Emerging Arts Professionals Program, a ten-day intensive professional development program designed to support emerging arts workers by giving them the chance to build their professional skills and expertise, develop new networks, and gain invaluable experience working on a large-scale international project. Reflecting on the many and varied benefits of mentorship for arts workers at all stages of their career, this conversation will focus on Stephens and Cooper’s shared experiences in Venice, while also speaking to the importance of mentorship and professional development for those working in the visual arts sector.
Jasmin Stephens is an independent curator and a lecturer in the fields of curatorial studies and contemporary Asian art. Following senior positions with Artbank, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Fremantle Arts Centre, Jasmin has pursued a context-responsive practice as a curator and educator since 2011.
Jasmin has contributed to programming across Australia and in Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan including solo projects by Alex Martinis Roe, David Haines, Elvis Richardson, Lucas Ihlein (and collaborators), Minstrel Kuik, Newell Harry, Pantjiti Mary McLean, Pierre Bismuth (with Michel Gondry), Pinaree Sanpitak, Raquel Ormella and Rebecca Baumann.
A regular panel assessor, Jasmin currently teaches at UNSW Art & Design and works with several artists as a researcher and strategist – a role in which she coaches presentation skills.
Vivian Cooper is a producer and arts manager, currently based in Tarntanya Adelaide, South Australia. She is interested in how contemporary arts practices can be a tool for learning and understanding ourselves, our communities and the wider world. She has worked in learning-focused roles to drive audience engagement with contemporary art and artists’ practice at Tate Galleries, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Signal, the City of Melbourne’s Youth Arts Studio. In 2017, she was appointed as the inaugural Public Programs Coordinator at South Australia’s flagship contemporary art gallery ACE Open and took on the newly created role of Audience Engagement & Studio Programs Manager in early 2019. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University and is currently completing a MA in Arts and Cultural Management (Deakin University).