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/Exhibitions Manager 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.
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.
Audience Engagement & Studio 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.
Accounts and Administration Officer 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.
Kate Irving (Chair)