Advocacy, policy and action for an Australian arts sector that's ambitious and fair

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 arts administrator and practising artist working across sculpture, performance and installation. She 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. Penelope was Co-Artistic Director of Art Month Sydney 2013, a Co-Founder/Director of The Red Rattler, 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 completed a Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW in 2017. Penelope has been with NAVA since early 2015.

Administration and Grants

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 the UNSW Art & Design and a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. 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 Bookkeeper at Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.

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.

Professional Development

Wesley Shaw

Wesley Shaw

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Wesley Shaw, Yuin/Dharawal/Ngarigo, is an emerging cultural leader who has worked in the educational, creative and cultural sectors for a number of years. Having completed a Bachelor of Art Education in 2013, he is currently undertaking a Masters of Curating & Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design. Drawing from his experiences as a secondary teacher, and ongoing role as Assistant Programs Producer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, he is committed to embedding Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies within our nation’s cultural institutions. He has worked with community–based to internationally renowned artists including Andrew Snelgar, James Tylor, Jonathan Jones and Tony Albert. These experiences have provided unique insight into the complexities of contemporary Indigenous artistic practice and it’s role in establishing self-determination within First Nations communities. 

Wesley is in the NAVA office Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

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 Tuesdays 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.


Soo-Min Shim

Soo-Min Shim

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Soo-Min Shim is an arts writer and arts worker living on stolen Gadigal land. She received her Bachelor of Art History and Theory (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and is currently a Director at Firstdraft Gallery 2019-2020. She has written for several Australian and international publications including Art & The Public Sphere, ArtAsiaPacific, The Artling, Art + Australia, Art Almanac, Artist Profile, Runway Conversations, un Extended, and Running Dog.

Soo-Min is in the NAVA office on Wednesdays only.