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The Team

Maree Di Pasquale
Director and CEO

Maree commenced the role of Director and CEO of the Melbourne Art Foundation in June 2017, having previously returned to Melbourne for the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships, MCB Visit Victoria (2016-2017). She was a founding Director of Art Central Hong Kong (2014-2016) and Assistant Director of Sydney Contemporary and Melbourne Art Fair (2012-2014).

Maree has also delivered public programs for Abu Dhabi Art Fair (2009 and 2010 editions) and the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, working with curators, artists and academics at Agence France-Muséums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the British Museum to develop exhibition programs for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum. Maree has a BA Visual Arts QUT, MA Marketing from Melbourne Business School and is Board Member for 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney.

Nicole Kenning 
Marketing Director

Nicole has over 15 years’ experience working for high profile commercial and not for profit arts organisations in the UK and Australia including Christie’s London, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Mossgreen and Leonard Joel Auction Houses.

At Christie’s, Nicole managed marketing campaigns for the prestigious Impressionist, Modern Post-War & Contemporary Art auctions as well as international campaigns for Christie’s Switzerland, Middle-East & Russia.

As Marketing & Communications Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Nicole devised campaigns for exhibitions, membership, public and education programs.

Rhiannon Broomfield 
Senior Publicist

Rhiannon is a PR professional with more than 15 years experience working for high profile arts and corporate organisations including Christie’s, Bonhams, Reuters and Microsoft in the UK and Australia. At Christie’s Rhiannon managed the UK press team, overseeing campaigns for high profile auctions including The Princess Margaret Collection, Claude Monet, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. In Australia, she handled publicity for Bonhams’ record-breaking auction of the Grundy Collection and delivered public relations campaigns in her role as PR Director at Articulate for high profile arts and design names such as MPavilion, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Kerry Phelan Design Office, Mossgreen and Bundanon Trust.

Rachel Ciesla
Administrator, Galleries and Programs

Rachel has worked in the contemporary arts sector across a variety of curatorial, marketing and administrative roles. With an interest in critically-engaged practices that address issues of identity and community, she has delivered a broad range of exhibitions, public artworks and public programs, working as a consulting coordinator for Artsource (Perth) and as General Manager of ARI, Paper Mountain (Perth). Rachel is undertaking a MA Curatorship at the University of Melbourne and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Western Australia.

Kim O’Connell
Operations Director

Over the past 20 years Kim has forged a diverse career in production across festivals, events, theatre, film, television and peak cultural institutions. 

He is currently working as Production Manager – Special Events for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, after contracts as Production Manager for the Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival. Kim returned to Melbourne in 2016 for the role of Events Operations Manager at the NGV, after two years in Tasmania working as Operations Manager for Ten Days on the Island, and Production Manager with Mona / Dark Mofo. 

He was the Video Designer on award winning theatre and TV productions such as The Lost Thing with Academy Award winner Shaun Tan, and Knot @ Home with SBS and Big hArt, and continues to work as Producer/Director on large-scale AV events.

Laura Crennan 
VIP & Partnerships Account Manager 

Laura Crennan is a long term advocate for the contemporary Australian art industry and is passionate about the effective promotion and support of Australian artists.  Currently completing her graduate studies in Art History at The University of Melbourne, Laura is a member of the NGV Women’s Association and has worked across a broad range of event management, marketing and media relations roles in the arts, hospitality and sports industries.  She is currently the Sponsorship Manager and committee member for the children’s charity, Artists for Kids Culture. In 2017, Laura held the position of Marketing and Partnership Manager for Notel Melbourne and has recently worked as team leader for the Founders’ Club at Tennis Australia.