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 Elizabeth Harper
Elizabeth Harper was born and raised in Austin, Texas where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing. She has worked across several industries, from advertising to app development to the arts, cultivating a comprehensive view of digital and traditional marketing practices. In her most recent role at the Adelaide Film Festival, Elizabeth assisted in the development and execution of the marketing campaign for the 2018 festival and lead the event marketing and production for the 2019 off-season Pop Up. Elizabeth is skilled in digital advertising and project management which have successfully guided both small and large teams.
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)