Watch This Space has always had a strong, skilled Board and Curatorial Committee. All members have strategic and creative input as well as holding a hands-on approach to programming, openings and events.
If you are interested in joining either committee please contact us. You can also view or download our Introduction for Board Members document for more information.
Originally from Alice Springs, Frankie’s practice as a dance artist spans performance, choreography, teaching, community based work and large scale dance projects. Frankie has a large involvement in teaching and dance development, most notably founding the Alice Can Dance performance education program in Alice Springs. Frankie is an alumnus of the 2017 Australia Council Future Leader’s Program. Since returning to Central Australia, Frankie and long time artistic partner Madeleine Krenek have created and presented two full-length works The Perception Experiment (2017) and The Lost Dance Project (2018), alongside teams of national collaborators. The Perception Experiment will tour nationally and internationally in 2019 and 2020. In 2018, Madeleine and Frankie launched GUTS Dance // Central Australia: a new Alice Springs/Mparntwe-based contemporary dance organisation for dance investigation, creation, training and performance.
Janet Wright is the CEO for ASYASS who works with young people in crisis who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. She has lived in the NT for 23 years, living in Alice Springs, Adelaide, Ampilatwatja, and several other remote NT Communities and Darwin. Janet has qualifications in Business, Social Service, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Governance. She currently sits on the Board of WTS, Disability Advocacy Service (DAS), NT Shelter and the Life Promotion Network. She volunteers for Red Cross, the Food Bank in Alice Springs and the Salvation Army.
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
Bec is currently working at Papunya Tjupi Arts as Studio Coordinator. In 2016, Bec founded Junior Space, an artist-run-initiative consisting of an art store and gallery space in Fitzroy, VIC, and oversaw two years of exhibition program. Bec has also worked with arts organisations in Melbourne such as MPavilion and the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Bec completed a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2016 and is also a photographer/artist.
Tom O’Connell is an Educator and Outdoor Guide currently residing in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs. He has a strong background working with young people, mostly through the context of nature-based activities. Tom has primarily been employed with a number of schools delivering exceptional Outdoor Education programs to their students. He really believes in the importance of immersing young people in nature both for their personal health and so that they may develop a sense of connection to the environment and a desire to protect it.
Tom adores this community for its diversity, complexity and rich culture of which he feels he has been a part of. Having organised successful and supportive community events, which celebrate our thriving LGBTIQ community and culture of the central desert, he is a strong advocate for the queer community. Tom hopes to continue his involvement in this community, contributing to spaces which are inclusive, sensitive and safe.
As an individual, he is exceptionally passionate about looking after country, community health and contributing to a fair and egalitarian society. He hopes to empower young people to create change in their own lives and the communities in which they live.
Em has been involved in arts and social justice projects for over 15 years. She has been based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs since 2014, and has spent the bulk of her time between the NT and WA working with Arrernte, Martu, Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara communities. She has worked in various roles supporting community members to create and exhibit their art, screen print apparel, paint public murals, produce picture books and bi-lingual educational resources, and develop grassroots social enterprise. Em's artistic practise embraces a range of mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. However, her current obsession is with clay and functional ceramics. She is particularly interested in art as a tool for nurturing community, raising quiet voices, and influencing social change.
Eva studied Art Therapy/Art Education in Germany (Batchelor of Arts with Honours) and worked as freelance artist until she emigrated to Australia in 2000. Since living in Australua she has worked in the fields of education and training, the arts and community services. “I joined the WTS Board in 2018 and enjoy being involved in a hands on way with this innovative gallery and art space.” Eva recently started to revive her own art practice in painting and drawing.
Zoya is an artist and arts worker based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. With a practice driven by drawing, Zoya primarily works in areas of painting, works on paper, printmaking, soft sculpture and installation. Underpinning her work is a concern with emotion and its capacity to facilitate introspection and change. Informed by personal and collective experiences, she confronts social issues surrounding women and mental health, hoping to create intimate anti-patriarchal acts that stimulate contemplation and reflection within both the viewer and herself. Before moving to Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Zoya lived between Berlin, Sydney and Alice, working in the art industry in various positions. As an arts worker, Zoya is dedicated to supporting artists and their practices, believing strongly in the importance of art for cultural and social development - experimental and community art playing a major role in this process.
GALLERY ASSISTANT / SPECIAL PROJECTS OFFICER
Mimi Catterns is a multi-disciplinary artist working across film, television, documentary and community arts. Mimi graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) from The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2013 and has engaged in diverse projects across Australia and Timor Leste since. Currently based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Mimi acts as the Gallery Assistant for Watch This Space ARI and has worked at Central Australian Aboriginal Media Organisation (CAAMA), Indigenous Community Television (ICTV), Raft Artspace and Chapman and Bailey Fine Art Framers. Mimi has recently completed a 6 part mini-series for SBS as Production Designer, the series is directed by Dylan River and produced by Since 1788 Productions and Ludo Studios (Brisbane).
With a career of over 15 years spanning the arts, design and community development sectors, Jasmine is highly experienced in the coordination and delivery of successful projects and programs. She has initiated, designed and implemented many of these in the Northern Territory, in cross-cultural contexts, adopting a strengths-based approach with public and private clients, organisations and co-staff. Jasmine has collaborated with artists, community members and their children to produce effective, multi-lingual, educational resources and creative products including books, films, audio bites, animations, fibre art and textiles. She combines research and analytical skills with design and development methodology to achieve innovative, adaptive solutions that respond to complex needs. Jasmine has lived in Alice Springs for a decade and has been a member of the WTS curatorial committee since 2016.
Pip McManus is a founding member of Watch This Space, and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions around Australia. Her work is represented in national collections. Her video work (Ichor) was awarded the 2008 Alice Prize and (Night Vessel) was selected in 2014 for the international Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. Pip McManus works in mixed media and undertakes regular public art commissions. She sits on a number of arts related reference groups and assessment panels.
Hannah is an artist and geographer who lives between Alice Springs, NT and Jakarta, Indonesia. Her work deals with the politics and poetics of land use, involving extended periods of research into specific social, environmental, and political contexts. She first came to Alice Springs as a Watch This Space artist in residence, and has continued her involvement with WTS more recently as a studio artist and as a curator of the Writing On The Wall noticeboard for ideas and works in progress, a permanent installation on the verge of the Watch This Space courtyard. Hannah is currently in Jakarta preparing for an upcoming group exhibition at the Jakarta History Museum of her ongoing project Ziarah Utara/Bring Memory for Future, a collaborative project led by 4 artists exploring the politics of the settlement and transformation of Jakarta bay.
Beth’s work broadly concerns settler colonialism, language rights, and value economies. Her creative practice spans social practice, sculpture, drawing, photography, sound and performance. She has been involved in multiple exhibitions, performances, installations and recording projects in addition to publishing comics and writing. A formative experience was her employment with social change company Big hART, where Beth was involved with Ngapartji Ngapartji (2005-2011) as workshop facilitator, interpreter, community producer, musician and choir co-ordinator. In 2016 Beth initiated and produced Apmere angkentye-kenhe with local Arrernte people and WTS, an artist-led social project exploring language, power and place. In March 2018, Beth completed an MFA by research through Victorian College of the Arts. Beth works as an interpreter, translator and facilitator across a range of language and power-conscious projects including NPY Women’s Councils Uti Kulintjaku, as well as co-teaching Pitjantjatjara. Beth was the gallery co-ordinator of WTS in 2011 and has been a part of the board 2016-18 and curatorial committee in 2018-19. Beth embraces artistic practices as vital methods by which to build and shape communities, construct and challenge identities and reconfigure social imaginaries.
Lauren Ravi is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and cultural materials conservator currently living in Alice Springs. Lauren’s art practice and curatorial projects are very much informed by her conservation practice and theory. Since completing an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2011, and a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation at The University of Melbourne in 2014, Lauren has participated in and curated solo and group exhibitions between Perth, Melbourne and Alice Springs.
Our curatorial committee is always made up of long-standing knowledgeable artists and arts workers within the Mparntwe/Alice Springs community. Any conflicts of interest are handled with the utmost professionalism and care.
Banner image: Past WTS Coordinators Beth Sometimes and Alexandra Hullah, 2016