Staff

Executive Director

Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis

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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

General Manager

Penelope Benton

Penelope Benton

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Penelope Benton is an artist with a collaborative practice working across sculpture, performance and installation. 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 completed a Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW in 2017. 

She has worked previously as the Manager of Arc @ UNSW Art & Design, the College of Fine Arts Students' Association and was Co-Artistic Director of Art Month Sydney 2013. She was also a Co-Founder/Director of The Red Rattler, an artist and activist run performance space in Sydney's inner west and completed a two-year directorship at Firstdraft Gallery in 2008.

Penelope has been with NAVA since early 2015.

First Nations Engagement

Georgia Mokak

Georgia Mokak

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Georgia Mokak is a proud Djugun woman from Broome, grew up on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country in Canberra, and based on Gadigal Country in Redfern, Sydney. Georgia is committed to developing safe and accessible spaces and resources, and to challenge the existing ideas around First Nations art and artists. She is a presenter of Race Matters on FBi Radio, a weekly talk show and podcast covering race, culture and representation across arts, politics and news. She has previously worked for Sydney Festival, MCA, Performance Space, Solid Ground, Carriageworks, Force Majeure, and NITV, and has a double degree in Art History and Curatorship/Arts (Indigenous Studies) from ANU. 

Georgia is in the NAVA office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

Communications & Advocacy Manager

Leya Reid

Leya Reid

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Leya Reid is a media, communications and project manager with a demonstrated history of championing advocacy and communication campaigns for industry bodies and the trade union movement. A writer and researcher, Leya has been published in Screen Education, Emerging Scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies and Vertigo. Her research interests explore employment and labour relations, environmental sustainability, decolonial practices and institutionalised discrimination. Leya holds a Bachelor of Communications (Social and Political Sciences / Public Communication) from UTS.

Professional Practice Coordinator

Justine Youssef

Justine Youssef, portrait in white tshirt

Photo by Maja Baska

Justine Youssef is a contemporary artist currently living and working on the unceded territory of the Darug people. Justine's practice is site-responsive and attentive to her origins in South-West Asia. She works across multiple disciplines including performance, video, scent and collaboration. The work is rooted in research into moments and places which allow her to move through questions surrounding neo-colonial rhetoric, feminist lenses, and diasporic and material exchanges. This year she is participating in the Parramatta Artist Studios studio program, while working on the board of directors at Firstdraft. She is a founding co-director of Pari, a new ARI dedicated to contributing to the cultural life of Western Sydney.

Justine is in the NAVA office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Membership and Programs Administrator

​Georgie Cyrillo

Georgie Cyrillo

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Georgie Cyrillo is an arts worker and new mother living on stolen Gadigal country. She has undertaken positions in curation, conflict resolution, research, funding, and exhibition management. Georgie holds a BFA/BA (Photomedia/Sociology) and a Masters in Art Administration from UNSW.

From her experiences in working across a variety of art sector roles Georgie has developed an interest in the entities (tangible and intangible) created in the between space of interactions. She is currently collaborating on a regionally-based exhibition established in concert. 

Georgie joined NAVA at the end of 2019 and hopes that her experiences will inform her role in support of the Membership.  

Membership and Communications Team

Tanushri Saha

Tanushri Saha

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Tanushri Saha is a Bangladeshi-Australian writer and visual artist based in Sydney. Her research interests and practice explore postcolonial feminisms, futurism, ecology, culturally-specific design, and questions of decolonisation. Tanushri is the visual arts editor for Peril magazine, an online publication platforming Asian-Australian arts and culture. Tanushri holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Cultural Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master of Strategic Design at the University of Sydney. Her work has appeared in Melbourne Art Week, Verge Gallery, Pencilled In, Hermes, and Women of Color in Solidarity (NY).

Tanushri is in the NAVA office Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

Naomi Segal

Naomi Segal

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Naomi Segal is an emerging artist and curator engaging with contemporary Asian and diasporic practices. She is undergoing a Bachelor of Art Theory / Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) at UNSW. Recent art awards include the Girl Genius Award 2018, Little Things Art Prize 2017 and Art Speaks Japanese 2016. She has received mentorship from Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and is currently a studio resident at the Broadway Sydney X 4A Creative Studio.

Naomi is in the NAVA office on Mondays and Tuesdays only.

Best Practice and Finance Coordinator

Holly Morrison

Holly Morrison

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For over five years Holly Morrison has been the trusted voice offering NAVA Members immediate advice and support. An expert on best practice standards across the sector, Holly holds a Bachelor of Art Theory (Distinction) from UNSW Art & Design and a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She has worked as an Administration Assistant at The Fact Tree Youth Service in Waterloo and as a Gallery Support Officer at Cumberland Council's Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio. Holly is also currently Administration Manager at Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.

Holly is in the NAVA office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.