Larissa is a graduate student at the University of Melbourne majoring in Arts and Cultural Management. Her previous art practice has accumulated her passion for the arts, while her past teaching experience has helped developed her management and people skills. During her graduate study, she has been actively involved in the industry through volunteering in all sorts of arts venues and events including Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Fringe, Mapping Melbourne, Midsumma Festival, and Next Wave.
Eliza Jane Coyle holds a Bachelor degree with Honours in Art History and Theory and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.
Eliza works in public programming at Yarra Libraries and is passionate about arts and communities. She strives to develop innovative formats that have a strong participation aspect and challenge how we see each other and the world around us.
Jean Hair is a graduate student majoring in arts and cultural management at the University of Melbourne under the National Arts Council (Singapore) postgraduate scholarship. Prior to her postgraduate studies, Jean was a arts programmer with the National Gallery Singapore, Asian Film Archive, and the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay since 2006. Her research interests include audience development, urban placemaking, social enterprises, and measuring social impact in the arts.
Jin Yu was born in 1993 in Shanghai, China. She is a graduate of the MA Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne with emerging professional experience in the field of visual art and museums. Jin has been studying cultural management for over five years and is pursuing her career as young professional focusing on communication, marketing and fundraising in the arts. She is interning at the Melbourne University Archives and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Hugh Hirst-Johnson is in his final semester of the Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Throughout his academic work his main interest has always been in contemporary art. He is pursuing his career focusing on curatorial work in the field of new media and digital art, which often employs the use of the moving image in its formal elements. He is currently working at the Centre for Contemporary Photography assisting with administrative, installation and front-of-house tasks. He is also works closely with freelance curators in various capacities, including authoring catalogue essays or assisting with installations.
Kirstin Clements is a graduate researcher in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in ‘Screen and Cultural Studies’ and ‘Politics and International Studies’ also from the University of Melbourne and anticipates graduation from her current Master of Arts and Cultural Studies in December 2018. Alongside her studies, she is has been engaged in various professional capacities with organisations such as the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, No Vacancy Gallery and the Berlin International Film Festival. More generally, she pursues a keen interest in emerging and innovative mediums and interdisciplinary forms of storytelling, as well as international, cross-cultural interactions and developments in policy-making and cultural trends.
Maria Teresa Tavares is a cultural producer from Brazil. Over the past ten years, she has worked with commercial art galleries and non-profit organisations. Most of her career was developed as a part of Videobrasil’s team, Sao Paulo, where she worked for two editions of the Videobrasil Festival and two exhibitions of artists such as Sophie Calle and Isaac Julien. She holds an MA in Communication and Semiotics from PUC SP, Brazil and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts and Cultural Management at the Melbourne University.