Ambassadors 2020

Christie Nicolaides

Jewellery Designer

Australian jewellery designer Christie Nicolaides has swiftly garnered a loyal international audience of discerning collectors for her unique jewellery designs characterised by a baroque sensibility and an exuberant aesthetic.

Each of Nicolaides collections have been strongly influenced by her artistic upbringing and Greek heritage, as well as her love of antique, antiquities and vintage runway jewellery. An avid art collector and frequent traveller, Nicolaides brings this passion for art, fashion and culture together with her own exotic personal aesthetic to each themed collection.

Gerry Hetet

Interior Designer (Auckland)

Auckland-based interior designer, Gerry Hetet, is a passionate collector of contemporary art. A graduate of The University of Auckland, where he gained a Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Accounting/Marketing, Gerry went on to gain a Diploma of Interior Design, before establishing his own practice in 2015. He is an Executive committee member of the NZ Interior Design Guild, and specialises in creating bespoke spaces that are tailored to his clients needs, while also facilitating the acquisition of contemporary pieces to complement and enhance their living spaces.

With a strong client list, Gerry works in partnership with fellow designers and renown architectural practices on luxury residential and commercial projects both domestically and internationally.

Holly Lucas

Creative Director, Lucas Restaurants 

Creative Director Holly Lucas is the driving force and creative lead behind brands Chin Chin Melbourne and Sydney, Hawker Hall, Baby Pizza, Kong BBQ, Kisumè and GoGo Bar, part of acclaimed Lucas Restaurants.

Always evolving through meaningful, creative and strategic partnerships and concepts, Holly is dedicated to curating and driving experience which offer guests a unique take on dining that transcends the traditional restaurant offering; using the venues as a platform for creative expression. 

Jess Blanch

Publisher and editor-in-chief, RUSSH magazine

Following Sydney University, she began her media career as a journalist for The Australian Newspaper and spent nearly a decade in custom publishing specialising in print magazines, books and the development of digital properties. RUSSH – an Australian owned, internationally distributing brand committed to unique and authentic content in the arts and fashion space – has grown exponentially under her direction. It is a leading cross-platform media player with long-term luxury fashion and premium lifestyle partners.

Blanch has contributed to international platforms including The Huffington Post, Style.com and has been featured across numerous fashion sites including Garance Dore. A creative consultant to brands, she is also regular panelist at luxury summits and creative symposiums such as Vivid Sydney.

Her vision lies in championing creativity and supporting the community of purist influencers she has developed with RUSSH.

Kate Morris

Founder & Director, Adore Beauty

Kate Morris is the Founder of Adore Beauty. From its inception in Kate’s garage in 1999, Adore Beauty is now Australia’s leading online beauty store, winning multiple awards and boasting the top beauty podcast in the country.

Kate is a two-time winner at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and in 2017 was the first woman to receive the Industry Recognition Award for e-commerce at the StarTrack ORIAs. Adore Beauty has been featured on Deloitte’s Tech Fast 50 list for the last 6 years in a row, and picked up an investment from prestigious private equity firm Quadrant in 2019.  

 

Pascale Gomes-McNabb

Interior designer

With a bold take on design, she is influenced by the exploration of architecture, art, travel, food, nature and culture.

An ex-restaurateur she has created some of Australia’s most respected, award-winning establishments including, Cumulus Inc., Cutler & Co (her own places) and for others; Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant and Stokehouse among others.

Her work encompasses commercial to residential interior landscapes, furniture, objects, jewellery and lighting, creating holistic environments that merge art and design to deliver visually engaging, intuitive, and thought provoking yet intensely functional and comfortable nuanced designs.

Simon Wright

Assistant Director (Learning and Public Engagement) QAGOMA

Simon Wright has held public programming, exhibition, curatorial and management positions in private, commercial, public gallery and museum realms since 1993. Currently Assistant Director (Learning + Public Engagement) at Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), he is a former Director of Griffith Artworks + Griffith University Art Gallery, Exhibitions Manager at Brisbane City Gallery, curatorial consultant to private collections and Gallery Manager at Bellas Gallery (now Milani Gallery).

He has worked on over 250 exhibition and publication projects, receiving a Museums Australia Gallery and Museum Individual Achievement Award in 2004-5, and a National Australia Bank Partnering Award [QLD] at the Australia Business Arts Foundation Awards in 2006. In 2009 he was appointed to The Venice Biennale Commissioner’s Council for Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has since participated as a member of the Venice Biennale Champions Program for Australia (VB54-57). In 2012 he was a member of the selection committee for The Premier of Queensland’s International Sculpture Commission and in 2013 was elected to the Board of The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 2014 he became Founder Benefactor of the QAGOMA Foundation, and is currently completing the Asialink Business Leaders Program.

Tamsin Johnson

Interior Designer and Collector 

Tamsin Johnson is an interior architect, decorator and antique dealer. The three passions work complimentary to each other in curating a home for her clients.  What Tamsin’s interiors have in common is warmth, weightlessness, character and an extraordinary serenity.  ‘My interiors are a blend of classic pieces, craftsmanship and obscure highlights with a focus on comfort, function, timelessness but most importantly the feel.’ Every interior should be an essay in balance restraint and exquisite quality.

Art plays a central role in our inspiration and design process. It has a pivotal place in every individual interior. Rarely a space will feel complete without the addition of art. Its sometimes the first place we start and often where we finish.  I like to introduce art to my clients but not teach them what they should see or if they should like it.

Timothy Hilll

Director at Partners Hill (architect)

Timothy’s accomplishments in architectural practice are well recognised. His firms have produced the D House, C House, Neville Bonner Building, State Library of Queensland and Translational Research Institute. In 2019 Partners Hill won the peak national Australian Institute of Architects awards for both single dwelling and multiple housing. Current work includes 3 cultural projects that will adopt innovative positions about ‘contemporariness.’ Less well known are his involvements with contemporary art in Australia. He has previously been a board member of the IMA and a selection panellist for the multi-million dollar Art Built-In program. He continues a consultancy with the Detached Cultural Organisation (and its renowned Hobart TOMB archive project), alongside collaborations with Michael Bugelli Galleries. 

Toni Maticevski

Fashion Designer

Toni Maticevski is an Australian Fashion designer who has carved a unique and individual approach to fashion. Part artist, part romantic, part historian and part futurist, Maticevski balances these elements to exude an elegance that is tough and rebellious.

Challenging notions of dress and design, Maticevski has created an unrivalled brand and aesthetic which now spans across 30 countries and over 100 stores worldwide. 

After careful consideration of COVID-19, consultation with industry and advice from the Victorian Government, Melbourne Art Foundation has made the decision to reschedule Melbourne Art Fair to 17 – 20 February 2022. Our greatest concern and priority is for the health and well-being of our team, our exhibiting galleries, their artists and the wider community.

Melbourne Art Fair acknowledges the traditional custodians of Melbourne. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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