Staff

Executive Director

Penelope Benton

Penelope Benton

Photo by Maja Baska

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, General Manager of 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 Research and Engagement Coordinator

Georgia Mokak

Georgia Mokak

Photo by Maja Baska

Georgia Mokak is a proud Djugun woman from Broome, grew up on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country, and currently a guest on Wangal and Gadigal Country. Georgia is committed to developing culturally safe and accessible spaces and resources, and reindigenising the sector.  In addition to her role here at NAVA, Georgia is a Lead Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and a co-director of Firstdraft, a small artist run space for emerging and experimental art. She has previously worked with Sydney Festival, Irregular Fit, Sydney Opera House, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Performance Space, Solid Ground, Carriageworks, Force Majeure, and NITV. 

Georgia is in the NAVA office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays 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 ArtsHub, 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.

Membership and Programs Administrator

​Georgie Cyrillo

Georgie Cyrillo

Photo by Maja Baska

Georgie Cyrillo is an arts worker and mother living on Gadigal country. She holds a BFA/BA (Photomedia/Sociology) and a Masters in Art Administration from UNSW, where she has also worked as a Research Assistant and developed a strong relationship with ERIA (Environmental Research Initiative for Art).

Georgie has also undertaken previous positions in curation, conflict resolution, funding and exhibition management.

Joining NAVA at the end of 2019 just prior to devastating bushfires and a pandemic, Georgie has worked closely with Members to support them through this time wherever possible. 

Membership and Communications Team

Tanushri Saha

Tanushri Saha

Photo by Maja Baska

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 Mondays and Thursdays only.

Naomi Segal

Naomi Segal

Photo by Maja Baska

Naomi Segal is an artist and arts worker based on Darug and Gundungurra lands. Their practice (art-making, curating and writing) is interested in vulnerable, non-masterful and inter-reliant forms of both co-existing and -making. She is interested in the artist as an instigator of collaborative processes rather than being a self-sufficient auteur; she also explores how museums and galleries can interrogate their colonial histories to move towards non-extractive relationships with artists. They have exhibited for 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Art, Wollongong Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Firstdraft and Peacock Gallery. They are nearing the completion of a Bachelor of Art Theory / Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) at UNSW Art & Design.

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

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose

Photo by Billie-Jean Bullard

Sarah Rose is an early-career curator based in Sydney. She holds a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership with Excellence from UNSW Art & Design. Her research often explores the body as both a material and subject, and notions of trace materiality and phenomenological engagements. Curatorially, she often focuses on the practices of women, feminist lenses, and technological interventions within the museological space. 

Sarah is co-founder and project coordinator of More Than Reproduction, a Sydney-based printmaking collective that aims to celebrate and promote female-identifying and gender-diverse creatives. She has curated extensively throughout Sydney, working with many talented emerging and established artists in both group and solo exhibitions.

Sarah is in the NAVA office Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Best Practice and Finance Coordinator

Holly Morrison

Holly Morrison

Photo by Maja Baska

For over seven 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, as a Gallery Support Officer at Cumberland Council's Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, as Administration Manager at the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, and Finance and Operations Manager at PYT Fairfield.

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