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 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 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.
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 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 is on maternity leave in 2018)
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.
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.
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.
Administration and Customer Services Officer
Callie is a writer, musician and occasional teacher who likes to spend her days sipping tea and babbling to anyone who’ll listen about culinary history. She has worked in and around the Canberra arts scene for most of her life, including as a box office attendant at the Street Theatre, a receptionist for the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, an occasional editor for (and founder of) Verity La’s Out of Limbo Project and one of Feminartsy’s inaugural Writers in Residence for 2016. In her current role, Callie is responsible for greeting visitors to the Ainslie Arts Centre, as well as handling phone calls and ticket sales. She looks forward to seeing you the next time you decide to visit us.