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.

DIRECTOR

Joseph Falsone

joseph[at]agac.com.au

Joseph joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in 2012. 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.

BUSINESS MANAGER

Adelin Chin

adelin[at]agac.com.au

Adelin has diverse experience in the fields of architecture, design and arts management. She has worked on design and cultural projects with local government, arts organisations and artists in Australia and the USA. Prior to calling Canberra home, Adelin provided strategic and capital advice and support to the cultural community in New York as well as liaison to elected officials and private-industry professionals. As the Arts Centres’ Business Manager, Adelin strengthens our mission, developing and maintaining relationships with our tenants and greater arts community as well as ensuring smooth operations. Adelin teaches design at the University of Canberra and continues to provide strategic planning assistance to local arts organisations.

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ADMINISTRATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES OFFICER

Dave Suttle

david.suttle[at]agac.com.au

Dave is found at the reception desk at the Ainslie Arts Centre. His friendly face welcomes residents and the community to the Arts Centre and directs phone traffic and email enquiries to relevant staff. He also manages the Elder St carpark, assists with office and financial administration, and ensures a clean and friendly space is maintained. He also takes on many supportive roles for residents and events such as issuing keys and inducting venue hirers; preparing event documents and floats and reconciling takings; and processing ticket sales over the phone. Dave is fresh from Northern Territory where he has spent a decade project managing and delivering both-ways intercultural communication and education in remote northeast Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities. He will be in this role for the first half of 2019, filling in for the wonderful Callie while she takes a six-month sabbatical.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Dolly Prajapati

dolly[at]agac.com.au

Dolly is detail oriented. At the Arts Centres, Dolly ensures the smooth flow of our business and is responsible for finance management. She started her journey in Australia as a customer representative in various industries and assistant accountant. Dolly responds to day-to-day enquiries at the Arts Centres main office and greets visitors and residents. Dolly already holds a double masters – Masters of Commerce and Masters of Professional Accounting – but it’s not pens down yet, she’s currently studying for a degree in Leadership and Management.

PROGRAM MANAGER

Adelaide Rief

adelaide[at]agac.com.au

Adelaide is an arts producer, keen conversationalist, curious cook, committed bicycle rider and fiercely proud resident of Canberra. As Program Manager at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres she works to facilitate artist development across a range of artforms and career stages through program and policy development, grant applications and partnerships with the wider local and national arts sector. Her role also encompasses providing access to the Centre’s beautiful heritage listed facilities for creative communities through venue hire and public programs. Adelaide has particular interests in experimental artistic processes, inclusion and diversity, public art, and cultural democracy. Adelaide holds a degree in Creative Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Minister’s Creative Council and has sat on grant assessment panels for National Association for the Visual Arts and the City Renewal Authority. From 2014-2017 she was a Managing Producer for the You Are Here Festival and has worked on a range of projects with arts, activist and community organisations including Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Amnesty International Australia, 2XXFM, Scissors Paper Pen, 3CR Community Radio and Right Now.

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.

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CREATIVE PRODUCER

Kristi Monfries

kristi[at]agac.com.au

Kristi is an Australian/Indonesian creative producer and curator. She has recently moved back to Canberra, after spending many years working within the Asian region, specialising in collaborative and experimental arts projects between Asia and Australia. Kristi is particularly interested in risk and experimentation and has a passion for working with emerging to mid-career artists. Some of the projects that she has delivered include The Instrument Builders Project (co-curated with Joel Stern) which has been presented at the National Gallery of Victoria, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network and Kyoto Art Museum; Ancient MSG: A live Art Performance for Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Kuda Lumping: Ritual Trance from Java for Supersense Festival at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Tropis///Subsonics Experimental Music Festival, and in 2014 as the Associate Producer for the Australian Embassy Jakarta’s Arts and Culture Program, where she assisted in the delivery of a series of programs for Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is pleased and excited to be working with the Ainslie + Gormon Arts Centres Creative Team until September 2019.

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Linda Buck

linda[at]agac.com.au

Linda has returned to her home town excited to engage with the local community through her role as Production Manager. After graduating from WAAPA, Linda worked in Canberra with Jigsaw Theatre Company, Season at the Street, Canberra Youth Theatre, Women on a Shoestring and Shortis and Simpson to name a few. Linda relocated to Brisbane and worked as the Lighting Supervisor at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for over 5 years. Keen to move on and find other challenges, Linda headed to Bunbury WA to be Technical Manager at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and help them transition from one venue, an 810 seat Proscenium Arch venue, through their expansion project which added on a 242 black box venue, 3 function rooms and office space. Back in Canberra, Linda was the Production and Operations Manager at The Street Theatre for 2 years before taking on this challenge at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

EVENTS COORDINATOR

Elizabeth Curry

elizabeth[at]agac.com.au

Elizabeth joined 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, Elizabeth holds qualifications in Business Administration, Interior Design, Event Management and Fitness, and if they weren’t enough,  Elizabeth is currently studying Visual Arts at the ANU Art School. Elizabeth is responsible for all venue hire for both Arts Centres as well as coordinating private events such as weddings and conferences in the newly refurbished Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

VENUE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Sia Ahmad

sia[at]agac.com.au

Sia is well known on the Australian artistic landscape as a musician, curator and facilitator but has led a double life as an arts admin professional at a number of key ACT arts organisations including the Street Theatre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and now Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres. As Venue Development Officer, she’s on a mission to engage new stakeholders who can add their little bit of magic to our vibrant and thriving community and spread the good word about our beautiful facilities for everyday hire. Outside of work hours, Sia’s creative practice has focussed on bringing an outsider’s eye and punk aesthetic to the way she brings communities together, be it through collaboration, producing performance programs or her work running the highly respected hellosQuare label. Her practice has seen her commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Sydney’s Parramasala festival and the You Are Here festival in Canberra to create mixed-media works while also performing throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the SE Asian region. Sometimes, her creative and admin life will intertwine, most notably when collaborating with Goethe-Institut Sydney, being a member of the inaugural Ministers’ Creative Council and having a place on the board for the Australian Art Orchestra.

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MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Alistair McGhie

alistair[at]agac.com.au

Alistair’s work at the centres focuses on telling the world about all the art, dance, theatre and music happenings at the centres and seeking corporate and private support the sustain these activities. Alistair joined the team at the beginning of 2018. In previous lives he worked in the marketing teams of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Alistair holds an undergraduate degree in Mandarin Chinese, a postgraduate degree in art history and is currently completing a masters degree in visual arts.

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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Rebecca Worth

rebecca[at]agac.com.au

Rebecca Worth is a proudly born and bred Canberran with a background in Photo-media and film-making. Over the years she has worked as an artist-in-residence, photographer, darkroom demonstrator, gallery installer, and film crew member. Beginning her art journey in 2011 at the ANU School of Art and Design, Rebecca has specialised in darkroom and alternative process photography and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2014. As the Marketing Coordinator Rebecca keeps the residents informed of the day-to-day happenings of the arts hub and provides social media content to the public on behalf of the Ainslie Gorman House residents, programs and festivals. Having worked in the book industry for the better part of a decade, Rebecca has worked with authors, illustrators and booksellers on book promotions, reviews and events. Her love of storytelling in all its forms has been always been at the center of her work and is what continues to inspire her to work in creative communities. She is also an aspiring green thumb and enjoys the odd sea shanty sing-a-long.

FACILITIES MANAGER

Mauro Aviles

mauro[at]agac.com.au

You may call it destiny, luck, or life … after completing a diploma in applied Chemistry at the University of South Australia, Mauro worked in Adelaide Brighton Cement’s Angaston laboratories in the beautiful Barossa Valley and on to Port Adelaide to be maltster and plant chemist at Joe White Maltings . It was here where his love affair with building maintenance began. Life threw a curved ball – so Mauro relocated to Canberra, which greeted him with a -5⁰C nights. Once the shock of the moving was over and he’d thawed out, Mauro settled at Boral working as Laboratory Supervisor and honing his skills in dealing with tradies, derelict buildings and untimely breakdowns.  In 2018 Mauro was up for a new challenge and in April he started at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres as the Facilities Maintenance Officer. An eagle-eyed reader will ask themselves, “But isn’t Mauro’s position called something else?” Well, that’s a story for another day.

MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Jason Burgess

jason.burgess[at]agac.com.au

Jason Burgess joined our team in November 2018 as the maintenance officer for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. As a qualified landscape horticulturist Jason has over 15 years of experience in the Landscape construction industry. Jason is also an experienced project manager with extensive knowledge in all facets of landscape construction. Jason has been involved in many iconic projects around Canberra such as the National Museum of Australia, National Arboretum Canberra and Australian War Memorial. His keen eye for detail enhances beautiful spaces and ensures they are safe and accessible for all walks of life. In addition to Jason’s work with the arts centres he operates as a professional airbrush artist. Jason’s primary focus is on the upkeep of our centres, to the highest standard. In co-ordination with our facilities manager, Jason continues to work on improving the aesthetics and functionality of the Art Centres. Jason also contributes to venue support helping ensure the smooth running of both centres for residents and visitors.