Board

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board.

Chair

Clothilde Bullen

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Photo by Jamie James, 2021.

Clothilde Bullen, is the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and is a Wardandi (Nyoongar) and Badimaya (Yamatji) Aboriginal woman. She was previously the Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for over a decade and most recently co-curated the award-winning John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new, and The National: New Australian Art, and Richard Bell: You Can Go Now for the MCA in 2021. 

Clothilde is on the international selection panel for the British Council’s Intersect program and is a current Board member for the Australian charter of the International Association for Art Critics. She is also a Museums and Histories Board member for Create NSW and is an Alumni member of the British Council Accelerate Scholarship for Indigenous Leadership in the Arts. Clothilde’s advocacy continues with her position as co-Chair of Indigenous Voices, a program supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors and emerging writers in collaboration with Art Monthly Australasia and the Power Institute at Sydney University. 

Elected Representative - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Genevieve Grieves

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Genevieve Grieves is a Worimi woman – traditionally from mid north coast New South Wales who has lived in Narrm (Melbourne) for many years. She is an award-winning Indigenous artist, researcher, educator, curator, filmmaker and oral historian who has accumulated twenty years’ experience across the arts, culture and education sectors. Genevieve has consistently won recognition and awards for the variety of projects she has undertaken throughout her diverse career including online documentaries, film, art and exhibitions.

Her current role at Museums Victoria is as Head of the newly formed First Peoples Department. She is on the Executive at the Museum and responsible for developing and implementing the transformational theme of First Peoples’ living cultures and history to be placed at the centre of the Museum for the first time in its 160-year history.  

As an educator, Genevieve has worked in the Australian Indigenous Studies program at University of Melbourne (UoM) including as Acting Head of the program. She has also developed and delivers a Masters Intensive at UoM titled, Working in Indigenous Cultural Contexts (2015-) for emerging arts and cultural workers. She teaches a highly-acclaimed version of this at the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) – a leading arts and cultural organisation ­– as part of their Generate professional development program. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the program focussed on Aboriginal art, colonial violence and memoralisation.

Elected Representative - Artists

​Rohin Kickett

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Photo by Jason Matz

Rohin Kickett is a Noongar artist from the Ballardong region who now resides in Armadale, Western Australia. He works as a professional artist across Perth, nationally and internationally. Rohin has been instrumental in organising the Aboriginal Art Studio at the Champion Centre (City of Armadale’s Aboriginal services hub) for several years, on a volunteer basis as part of the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail. In October 2019, the City commissioned a mural for the newly-renovated Champion Centre as a collaboration between Rohin, local artist Bradley Kickett, and Victorian artist Matt Adnate. Additionally he administers a Facebook group (Nyoongah Art in Nyoongah Country) promoting Noongar arts, which features many artists of various skill levels. He is a keen advocate and aims to establish a new Aboriginal Arts Centre.

Elected Representative - Artists

Tom Mùller

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Photo by David Folly-Hans

Tom Mùller is an established multi-disciplinary artist with an active international practice spanning the realms of site-responsive, temporal and permanent projects. His work has been included in major exhibitions and Institutions including 'The National' at Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Adelaide Biennial, Biennale de la Chaux-de-Fonds, and the upcoming Northern Alps Triennale in Japan. He has been the recipient of multiple Australia Council grants, the inaugural winner of the Qantas Contemporary Art prize, a mid-career fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts. In 2009 won the Basel international residency program through the Christoph Merian Stiftung. He was mentored by the Russian-American conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov in New York, and studied Anthroposophy at Emerson College in London. He holds a BFA (first class honours) in Sculpture from Curtin University of Technology.

In parallel to his personal practice, Tom is also an independent curator and the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Fremantle Biennale (2017, 2019).

Elected Representative - Artists

​Lisa Radford

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Photo by S. Elfie

Lisa Radford is an artist and writer. More often than not she works with others, most recently with Sam George and Yhonnie Scarce but previously with TCB art inc. and as a member of the collective DAMP. Currently working in the Painting Department at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, she shares thoughts publicly and intermittently in the The Saturday Paper.

Elected Representative - Organisations

Bianca Beetson

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Photo by Chloë Callistemon, courtesy of QAGOMA. Artwork in background: Dibirdibi Country 2008 by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda (Mrs Gabori), Brisbane City, 2021.

Dr Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) Wiradjuri (NSW) woman and has been a practising artist for over 26 years. Bianca works across a broad range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, fibre arts and public art. In 2018 Bianca was awarded a Doctor of Visual Art, from the QLD College of Art, Griffith University.

Bianca has lectured and directed the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (BCAIA) degree at the Qld College of Art, Griffith University and is currently the Director of Indigenous Research Unit at the same institution. Bianca was also a founding member of the seminal Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW Aboriginal artist collective. 

Her current board and advisory group memberships include the board of trustees of the QLD Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. She is also a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Artist Advisory Panel, on the board of Digi Youth Arts and a member of the newly formed Arts QLD First Nations Arts and Cultures Advisory panel. 

Elected Representative - Organisations / Deputy Chair

​Patrice Sharkey

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Photo by Sia Duff

Patrice Sharkey is a curator, writer and arts worker who lives on Kaurna land in Adelaide. She is currently the Artistic Director of ACE Open, South Australia's flagship contemporary art space, and was previously the Director of West Space in Melbourne (2015-2018). Patrice's work experience also spans the university and commercial sectors, including roles as Assistant Curator at Monash University Museum of Art and Gallery Assistant at Sutton Gallery. She received a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), majoring in Art History / Cultural Studies, from the University of Melbourne in 2010, and is an alumni of the Australia Council's Future Leaders Program. 

Co-opted Representative

​Maria Farmer

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Maria Farmer Public Relations [MFPR] is one of Australia’s leading PR companies. The company, which is characterised by the energy, authority and experience of its principal, specialises in brand building/protection, publicity and public relations.

More than a simple PR agency, MFPR provides clients with a bespoke service, drawing on more than 30 years experience at the forefront of the communications industry in Australia. With a proud history representing some of the best-known creatives, actors, fashion and lifestyle brands, restaurateurs and authors this country has produced, MFPR leverages its unrivalled network of media and industry professionals - plus its enviable reputation - to achieve only the best outcomes for its clients.

Treasurer

Kathir Ponnusamy

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Kathir Ponnusamy has over 18 years of experience in a range of finance and accounting roles both in Australia and Asia. 

Kathir has worked across several industries including banking, business services, telecommunications and retail. Kathir is a member of the CPA Australia and Malaysian Institute of Accountants.