Artistic Director Patrice Sharkey
Patrice Sharkey was previously the Director of West Space in Melbourne (2015 – 2018). At West Space she curated the group exhibitions Real Life Fantasies and The Drawing is Just Not There (with Christopher L G Hill), and commissioned solo projects by Fiona Abicare (Rose Moon, 2019), Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer & Simon McGlinn (Open Window, 2018), Lisa Radford (Dear Masato, all at once (get a life, the only thing that cuts across the species is death), 2016) and Jason Phu (my parents met at the fish market, 2017). Other curatorial projects include Auto Body Works, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, 2018. Patrice completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Art History at the University of Melbourne in 2010. From 2011 to mid 2015, she was Assistant Curator at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). Patrice has published writing in Art Monthly Australia and Discipline. She is a previous member of un Magazine’s Advisory Committee and was a Board Member of the artist-run space TCB art inc, 2012 2015.
Executive Director Louise Dunn
Louise Dunn is a veteran to the South Australian arts scene, most recently leading Nexus Arts as Executive Director for the past seven years (2012-2019), where she focused on rebuilding the organisation to become a leader in contemporary culturally diverse arts practice. At Nexus Arts, Louise devised and delivered the Ruby Award winning Barngarla Stories of Resilience project, initiated new artist development programs benefiting over 40 South Australian artists, increased audiences and stakeholder engagement, and more than tripled funding levels. Louise has held multiple Board and committee positions in the arts sector locally and nationally, most noteworthy as Deputy Chair (2014 -2016) and Chair (2016- 2017) at Diversity Arts Australia (formerly Kultour).
Marketing & Communications Manager Stephanie Mitchell
Stephanie Mitchell is skilled in marketing and graphic design, having worked across the arts and festival scene in Adelaide for many years since graduating from Swinburne University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Communication Design, majoring in marketing. In her most recent role at the Adelaide Film Festival, Stephanie assisted in the development and execution of the marketing campaign for the 2017 & 2018 festival and the 2019 Pop Up Festival. She also works as the lead designer for Gluttony during the Adelaide Fringe for the past two seasons, and freelances year round.
Marketing & Digital Content Coordinator Sharmonie Cockayne
Sharmonie is a multi-skilled marketing professional with a work history across marketing, publishing, fashion and digital media. Since graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Media, majoring in marketing, Sharmonie has worked as Fashion Director and Creative Producer for CityMag, Contributing Editor to South Australian Style Magazine, the founding editor of feud magazine, and has worked in marketing roles for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and fashion brand, Dion Lee (NYC).
Gallery and Office Manager Mairead Hooper
Mairead is an arts administrator with a background in project coordination and financial management. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from UniSA and a Bachelor of Visual Art from Adelaide College of the Arts. She has worked in administrative and programming roles at Artlink, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre. Prior to joining ACE Open Mairead worked in project coordination and administration at Renew Adelaide, and is also the Finance Manager at The Mill.
Exhibition and Studio Coordinator Brad Lay
Brad Lay is an exhibition coordinator and installer, with professional experience in a variety of South Australian arts organisations. He has worked on the installation of several major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia including the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2018 and 2020), Tarnanthi Festival (2019 and 2020) and William Kentridge: That which we do not remember (2019). As part of the Country Arts SA team he facilitated professional development opportunities for regional artists, the administration and installation of the touring exhibition program and the Whyalla Art Prize. Brad completed a Masters of Visual Arts by Research at the University of South Australia in 2015, and has also tutored in Installation Art and Foundation Studies. Before moving towards a career in the arts he worked in the environmental management field, and retains an interest in environmentally sustainable practices in the arts.
Curator in Residence Rayleen Forester
Rayleen Forester is an Adelaide based, independent curator and arts writer. Rayleen’s curatorial interests focus on cross-cultural engagement through contemporary and experimental art practices. She was awarded the inaugural Curator Mentorship Initiative grant (2012) through NAVA to work with established international curator Cuauhtémoc Medina at the second largest European Biennale MANIFESTA. She co-curated the long established Artists’ Week symposium in 2014 with Lars Bang Larsen (DEN) and Richard Grayson (UK). In 2016 she completed a residency at ICI New York as part of their curatorial hub program. She writes for national publications and is a founding member of initiatives FELTspace and fine print magazine. In 2016 she curated Playground a multidisciplinary exhibition of local, national and international artists presented at JamFactory, Adelaide, SA and FX Harsono: Beyond Identity at Nexus Arts for OzAsia Festival.
Kate Irving (Chair)
James Darling AM