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.
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.
Kate Irving (Chair)