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).
Publicity & Digital Content Manager Sharmonie Cockayne
Sharmonie is a multi-skilled creative 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 Dion Lee (NYC). Sharmonie also currently works as Lead Creative at Super Assembly.
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.
Marketing and Communications Manager Tara McHenry
Tara McHenry is an arts marketer, specialising in marketing and communications, digital marketing, content creation and stakeholder management. With a background in performance, marketing and programming, Tara has worked in marketing roles in a number of culturally significant institutions including the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the History Trust of South Australia.
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.
Public Programs Coordinator Grace Marlow
Grace studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Adelaide Central School, and has since worked as an artist across performance, poetry, writing and collaboration. Grace was also the Gallery Manager at Sister Gallery from 2017-2019.
Curator-in-residence Eleanor Scicchitano
Eleanor is an Adelaide-based independent curator and writer. From 2013 – 2019 she was the Visual Arts Program Curator at Country Arts SA, and the Visual Arts Coordinator at Tandanya – NACI from 2011 – 2013. She has held volunteer roles including co-director of FELTspace ARI. She graduated with a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies from the University of Adelaide in 2012, and is the current Chair of the AHCAN committee. From 2014-2016 she sat on the Board of Directors of the AEAF, and from 2017-2019 on the Board of ACE Open. In 2020 she joined the Arts Industry Council of SA Executive Committee. Eleanor was elected to the Arts Industry Council of South Australia’s Committee in 2020.
First Nations Curator-in-residence Tikari Rigney
Tiakri is a non-binary (they/she) Kaurna, Narrunga and Ngarrindjeri visual artist and poet. They currently work at Scotch College as an Art assistant and a First Nations Coordinator. Rigney participated in the inaugural Zine and Held fair for disabled and people of colour artists at POP gallery. They have exhibited in over five group exhibitions in South Australia. They curated the largest student exhibition at Adelaide Central School of Art with over 22 artists and is completing a Bachelor in Visual Arts. Rigney has connections to Carclew through their Creative Consultant program and has completed a culturally diverse illustration commission for Shine SA.
Rainer Jozeps (Chair)
James Darling AM