Staff

Management of both centres is coordinated by a small team of dedicated professional arts workers. We are passionate about the arts and feel privileged to work on behalf of a unique community of artists and organisations.  We are dedicated to the creative transformation taking place at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and aim to strengthen their position as sustainable, professional and truly innovative arts centres.

Joseph Falsone. Image: Andrew Sikosrki

Joseph Falsone. Image: Andrew Sikosrki

Director

Joseph Falsone

joseph[at]agac.com.au

Joseph joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in 2012. He is working with resident artists and organisations, a new team of staff, and the broader community, to renew the centres as leading contemporary arts venues that enrich the cultural life of the city and region. As an arts manager, Joseph is committed to ethical leadership and believes arts centres can and should empower artists and communities to work together to achieve lasting change. Joseph previously worked as Executive Director at M16 Artspace, where he led organisational renewal and oversaw the redevelopment of the Blaxland Centre in Griffith as well as a significant exhibition program. His wider arts sector experience includes working for the ACT Community Arts office, in the arts development team at artsACT, as exhibition officer for the Australian Institute of Architects and as a curatorial intern at the National Gallery of Australia. Joseph has also served on the boards of numerous arts organisations, including Arts Access Australia and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Joseph writes regularly about the visual arts and in 2013 was ACT Art Notes correspondent for Art Monthly Australia.

Joseph is also an experienced social researcher, having worked as a senior research manager for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, TNS Social Research and Eureka Strategic Research. He has consulted on a wide range of projects for not-for-profit, public and private sector clients, including a strategic review for the Gallery of Australian Design. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from the University of Sydney, where he studied art history and literature, specialising in twentieth-century Italian poetry.

 

Justin Watson. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Justin Watson. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Operations Manager

Justin Watson

justin[at]agac.com.au

Justin has worked with many artists and arts organisations in Canberra, including the Street Theatre, Belconnen Community Theatre, Belconnen and Tuggeranong Festivals, the National Gallery of Australia and Aspen Island Theatre Company as well as a number of the resident arts organisations based at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, as a free-lance lighting designer, stage manager, production/technical manager, event manager and producer. Previously, Justin was Program Coordinator, Production/Technical, for the Centenary of Canberra team, coordinating a range of events and arts projects for the Centenary celebrations, and even enjoyed a flight in the Skywhale. More recently, Justin worked on the Events and Ceremonies team at the Australian War Memorial.

Justin is also Artistic Director of Ickle Pickle Productions, a Canberra-based pro-am theatre company formed in 2005, and committed to producing accessible, quality theatre productions for the Canberra community.

 

Adelaide Rief. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Adelaide Rief. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Creative Producer

Adelaide Rief

adelaide[at]agac.com.au

Originally from Melbourne, Adelaide is now a fiercely proud resident of the fine city of Canberra, a devoted bike rider and curious cook. Adelaide studied Law and Creative Arts in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Canberra – delving into a breadth of subjects including printmaking, public art, creative writing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, transitional justice and law reform. Before coming to AGAC Adelaide worked for 3 years in the community legal sector providing legal advice, casework and community education. Concurrently for the past 3 years she also worked as an arts producer with You Are Here, Canberra’s festival of experimental arts and local writers collective Scissors Paper Pen.

Alongside arts production Adelaide has over 6 years’ experience in community radio, at 3CR in Melbourne and  2XXFM in Canberra. Due to this motley combination of pursuits Adelaide brings with her a deep appreciation for Canberran creative communities, a commitment to supporting artists whatever their medium or career stage and a keen desire to make Ainslie and Gorman a natural home for artists.

Rochelle Whyte. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Creative Producer

Rochelle Whyte

rochelle[at]agac.com.au

Rochelle has worked as a performer, theatre director, dramaturge, writer, educator, producer, event manager and tour manager. Rochelle’s experience ranges from main stage to independent theatre- across different cultural communities in different locations around Australia and abroad. Rochelle is delighted to have the opportunity to support emerging and established artists at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and to be working as part of an innovative team to help develop and deliver a fantastic arts program.

Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Performance) with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney, and a Grad Dip (Directing) with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Business, from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Jess Oliver. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Jess Oliver. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Marketing Manager

Jess Oliver

jessica[at]agac.com.au

Jess is an experienced arts communicator with a deep understanding of the not-for-profit arts sector. She has worked in marketing and communication roles with Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, DESIGN Canberra and the You Are Here festival.

Jess also maintains a busy practice as a writer and art critic and has been published in a range of national and international publications, including The Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and Ceramics: Art and Perception. In 2015, Jess was the inaugural ANCA Critic-In-Residence. When she’s not writing about art, she’s talking about it – on the 2XX FM radio show she co-presents, Culture Space.

Jess holds a BA (art history and anthropology) from the Australian National University, and an MA (communications) from Griffith University.

 

Chiara Grassia. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Chiara Grassia. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Marketing Assistant

Chiara Grassia

chiara[at]agac.com.au

Chiara is a writer, producer and active member of the Canberra arts community. She has been publicity manager for You Are Here, producer for the inaugural Noted writers festival, and Sub-Editor and Social Media Manager for BMA Magazine. Passionate about creating inclusive creative communities, Chiara is founder and Director of Girls Rock! Canberra, a female-led mentorship program that encourages self-confidence, creativity and teamwork through music education. She is also co-founder of the Canberra Zine Emporium, a collective of zine-makers and self-publishers, and co-curator of the Zine Lounge at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Elizabeth Curry. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Elizabeth Curry. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Events Coordinator

Elizabeth Curry

elizabeth[at]agac.com.au

Elizabeth joins Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre with a wealth of experience in arts administrations, having worked as the Arts Administrator at both M16 Artspace and Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA). A woman with many interests, qualifications in Business Administration, Interior Design, Event Management and Fitness weren’t enough, and Elizabeth is currently studying Visual Arts at the ANU Art School.

Elizabeth brings a variety of skills and a lot of ideas to her role,  and is responsible for maintaining all venue hire for both centres as well as coordinating private events such as weddings and conferences in the newly refurbished Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Ellen Harvey. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Ellen Harvey. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Venue Development Officer

Ellen Harvey

ellen[at]agac.com.au

Ellen Harvey is a writer, editor, content producer and arts project manager. Ellen has a BFA in Creative Writing Production, with a graduate diploma in Book Editing and Publishing. She has been the editor of a nationally-distributed craft magazine, founder of a funded digital media start-up, director of a key arts organisation, and part of the editorial team at Penguin Books. Ellen is passionate about the intersection of the innovation and arts communities, which has led to her work at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres: assisting in the curation of the public program while developing the co-working space, Gorman Commons, into a diverse and dynamic hub of activity.

Larissa Caston. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Larissa Caston. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Administration Officer

Larissa Caston

larissa[at]agac.com.au

Larissa graduated from Secondary College in 2014 and joined the Ainslie and Gorman team through the ArtsReady Program – a federally supported training program designed to support young Australians to kick-start careers in the arts and creative industries. Larissa completed both a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Business during her 14-month traineeship, making her the first ArtsReady trainee to do so in a single contract. Larissa has continued to work part time at Ainslie and Gorman since completing her traineeship. Larissa also has a keen interest in music and theatre, and previously completed a Certificate II in Live Production, Theatre and Events in partnership with St Francis Xavier College and Canberra Theatre Centre. Larissa is interested in ‘what happens behind the scenes’ and hopes to continue supporting artists throughout her career – whether back stage or front of house.

Emir Hamza.. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Emir Hamza. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Building Services Officer

Emir Hamza

emir[at]agac.com.au

Emir is a degree qualified civil engineer from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology, a premier (and the oldest) engineering institution based in Karachi, Pakistan. He started his career in rehabilitation and retrofitting works of a heritage structure from where he got the necessary experience and the passion for preservation of old (and heritage listed) structures. He moved on to working with advanced building materials and developing different methodologies and guiding structural consultants for using them within old and new structures, providing him the opportunity to work with a large organisation to look after their entire construction works and simultaneously organise their (in-house)department and developing work protocols.

Emir migrated to Australia in 2015 and had the desire of using his expertise in rehabilitation of heritage structures, usage of building materials and facility maintenance. He joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres so that he could use his acquired skills to make the entire facility a shining star on Canberra’s art scene.

Anthony Hosking. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Anthony Hosking. Image: Andrew Sikorski

Maintenance Officer

Anthony Hosking

anthony[at]agac.com.au

Anthony has many fond memories of  the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, from Primary school visits to the old Questacon based at Ainslie to participating in an amateur theatre at the Ralph Wilson theatre and enjoying the Gorman house markets when they were at their peak.

In taking on the maintenance role Anthony has come to A+G with a predominantly horticultural background. He completed his Landscape architecture degree in 2006  and fondly remembers researching and preparing a heritage garden report on Gorman House during that time. He  has laboured with landscape gardeners, carpenters and completed extensive home renovations on his own house and land. His last maintenance position was at the Cameron Offices, Belconnen. He is looking forward to helping make Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres two of the most sought after buildings in Canberra for functions and events.