Charles Justin was a Founding Director of architecture and design practice, SJB, and a founder of Plus Architecture. Charles was the RAIA (now AIA) Victorian Chapter President and was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. Following his retirement from architectural practice, Charles and his wife Leah established the Justin Art House Museum- JAHM, a privately funded, not for profit house museum which opened to the public in April 2016. It presents curated exhibitions both from their contemporary art collection and externally sourced, with a supporting public program. Charles has also served on the board of the Jewish Museum of Australia, for five years as President, and was recently made a Life Member.
Stuart Hamilton advises on public policy and management. From 2003 to 2012 he was CEO of Open Universities Australia. Stuart is a member of the Council of Deakin University, and Chair of the advisory board to DeakinCo, which provides learning solutions for business. He also chairs the National Youth Choir of Australia Board, is Vice-President of the Australian Chamber Choir, and is on the board of several other not-for-profits. Stuart was Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education & Training, Executive Director of Universities Australia, and before that Secretary to the federal departments of Health and Environment and Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Justin Homer is a partner at PwC Australia, with 18 years experience specialising in collaborative design, facilitation, strategy and transformation consulting. Justin is an expert in the development of co-design capabilities having successfully developed in-house solutions for world leading organisations across the USA, UK and Australia.
Sophie Gannon is Director of Sophie Gannon Gallery, a commercial gallery specialising in contemporary art. Prior to establishing her gallery in Melbourne in 2006, Sophie worked at Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane and at Sotheby’s in Melbourne. She is a member of AGAA, and serves on the board of the Robin Boyd Foundation and the Heide Foundation. Sophie represents 28 leading contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand.
Jan Murphy is graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts – Art History, and commenced her career working at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria. On returning to Brisbane, she established the Jan Murphy Gallery in 1995. As Gallery Director, Jan represents a stylistically varied selection of contemporary art by established and emerging artists. She participates regularly in local and international contemporary art fairs and is an active member of the Art Galleries Association of Australia (AGAA).
Amanda Rowell is Owner/Director of The Commercial Gallery, Sydney. She opened The Commercial in 2012 after working in commercial galleries since 1997 including ten years as manager of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Over fifteen years she has exhibited widely at leading art fairs internationally. Parallel to her experience in galleries, Rowell has been active as an independent art writer and curator.
Anna Waldmann has a background in art history, theory and policy research. Anna was formerly Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Prior to joining the Australia Council, Anna worked as a curator at the Art Gallery of NSW and as Program Manager (Visual Arts and Crafts and Museums and Galleries) at the NSW Ministry for the Arts. Anna was an art advisor on the Editorial Advisory Board of Art & Australia; Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts University of NSW; Chair of Visual Arts at GASP Hobart; and the National and International Art Adviser for the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. She is currently a Councillor on the University of Sydney Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture Foundation.
Theodore Wohng is a collector of international modern and contemporary art and an enthusiastic supporter of Australian art. His collection reflects his diverse interests in art history and culture, ranging from works related to literature, philosophy, language and symbolism, as well as contemporary fashion, music and architecture.
Anna Schwartz has owned and directed a private gallery for over 35 years working closely with leading Australian and international artists and has been committed to the development and promotion of contemporary art and audiences. Schwartz has brought renowned artists to Australian audiences, as well as supporting Australian artists in their overseas endeavours. She has initiated and supported the acquisition of important works by Australian and international artists by Australia’s serious collections, both public and private. Schwartz has represented many artists at the Venice Biennale and other significant events on the world art stage. Anna Schwartz Gallery has participated in art fairs in the US, Europe and Asia, presenting either solo exhibitions or curated group shows.
Schwartz opened SCHWARTZCARRIAGEWORKS in Sydney in 2008 to challenge the relationship between the public and the private, presenting major projects by international artists and curators.
Anna Schwartz Gallery publishes books and artist monographs through Schwartz City; substantial texts by leading writers on the country’s most influential artists. Cultivating close ties between the gallery, the imprint, and the broader arts industry, Schwartz supports Australian writers, designers, performers and filmmakers, through ongoing dialogue and patronage.
A Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, Paola Balla is an artist, curator, and writer who founded the Indigenous Arts and Cultural Program at FCAC and Wominjeka Festival, 2010. A regular guest speaker and cultural commentator Paola is based at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, VU and is a PhD candidate focussed on Aboriginal women’s art and practices of resistance, and is the inaugural Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar.
In 2015, Paola curated the award winning Executed in Franklin Street at City Gallery for the City of Melbourne, and in 2016 co-curated the acclaimed exhibition, Sovereignty at ACCA with Director Max Delany.