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Esther Anatolitis fosters local, regional, national and international perspectives on contemporary arts issues as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the arts. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. With a strong background in visual arts, design, architecture and media, Esther has held leadership roles including Craft Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, SBS and Express Media, and most recently with Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts and has served numerous board, policy, advisory and juror roles. Esther is a former curator of Architecture+Philosophy, Digital Publics and Independent Convergence, and has taught into the studio program at RMIT Architecture, as well as at UNSW and the University of Sydney. A writer and critic, Esther’s work is regularly published and collected at estheranatolitis.net
Penelope Benton is an arts administrator and practising artist working across sculpture, performance and installation. Penelope was previously the Manager of Arc @ UNSW Art & Design, and prior to VSU, the COFA Students' Association, facilitating a number of professional development opportunities for student artists, writers, and arts workers for fifteen years. She was Co-Artistic Director of Art Month Sydney 2013, was one of the Co-Founders/Directors of The Red Rattler, a volunteer-run warehouse in Marrickville NSW for artists and activists, and completed a two-year directorship at Firstdraft Gallery in 2008. She has a BA Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle, Masters in Art Administration from UNSW, Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from UTS, and has recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW. Penelope has been NAVA's General Manager since early 2015.
Holly Morrison completed her Bachelor of Art Theory (Distinction) from the UNSW Art & Design in 2011. She has worked as an Administration Assistant at The Fact Tree Youth Service in Waterloo and as a Gallery Support Officer at Auburn City Council's Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio. Holly has volunteered at events including the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sculpture by the Sea and Artisans in the Gardens. Holly commenced at NAVA in March 2014.
Professional Development Coordinator
Laura Pike is a multi disciplinary creative, working as artist, designer and educator. Laura is a co-director of creative collective Province Studio, which works with community and art organisations to develop and implement site-specific projects. She has been a sessional design educator for several years, a graphic designer and community development artist and facilitator. Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Design from UNSW Art & Design and is currently studying for her Masters.
Claudia Roosen is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW Art & Design. During her undergrad she was the elected Engagement Officer on the Student Council, received an Intern Scholarship with Kudos Gallery and was a part of Brightside - an artistic mentoring program that pairs up UNSW students with disengaged and at-risk Sydney youth, to inspire and assist them in developing their creative skills, confidence and discover new career pathways. More recently she has worked casually for Kaldor Public Art Projects, Carriageworks and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). She has also completed many of her own personal projects, organising events, writing for and managing an online platform and experimenting with collaborative projects and curation. Claudia joined NAVA on a casual basis in 2016.
Queensland Program Coordinator
Sophie Chapman is a project manager and curator, also currently working as an Exhibitions Officer for Logan Art Gallery. Sophie has delivered visual arts and cultural projects both independently and for organisations including the Brisbane Festival. In 2013 Sophie completed a Masters degree in Arts Management and Creative Production at Queensland University of Technology, where her thesis researched career management practices for independent artists.
Sophie is passionate about community engagement, cultural programming and facilitating professional development opportunities for artists.