Staff & Board

  • Freja Carmichael

    Curator of IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

    Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is a curator working alongside artists and communities on diverse projects that embed collaborative curatorial approaches. Recent projects include co-curation of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art and curator of: Seeing Country, Redland Art Gallery, Weaving the Way, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Around and Within, Macquarie Group Collection and Weaving Water Stories, Festival 2018, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Freja has a masters of Museums studies from The University of Queensland and was awarded the inaugural Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Award (2017). She has received an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship (2014) and the National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts fellowship (2016). Contact:

  • Lawrence English

    MONO Curator

    Lawrence English is composer, artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and installation to create works that ask audiences to consider their relationship to space, place and embodiment. Over the past decade he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience and is determined to share his interests in the transformative possibilities of sound. He is a Sidney Myer Creative fellow, was awarded an outstanding doctoral thesis award in conjunction with his PhD in 2017 and has been supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for his project in Los Angeles, Sirens.

  • Alex Holt

    Curator, Public Engagement

    Alex Holt is a curator and writer who works across both visual and performance art. She has a passion for contextualising and translating contemporary arts practices into accessible exhibitions and experiences for both arts audiences and the broader community. She has previously held roles at Anna Schwartz Gallery and MUMA. Contact:

  • Cara Hughes


    Cara Hughes is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institutions financial operations. Hughes is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in not-for-profit organisations having previously worked in the Community Services Sector, Arts & Disability and Community Legal. Contact:

  • Madeleine King

    Deputy Director

    Madeleine King is Deputy Director of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she has worked since 2015. There she has curated exhibitions by Australian artists including Agatha Gothe-Snape & Wrong Solo: Certain Situations (2019), Ryan Presley: Prosperity (2018), and Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms (co-curator, 2017). King holds a Master of Arts, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, as well as having been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. In 2014, she completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is the editor of publications Ryan Presley: Prosperity (2018) and Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms (2017), co-editor of Imaginary Accord (2016), and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015).  Contact:

  • Llewellyn Millhouse

    Exhibition Production Manager

    Llewellyn Millhouse is an artist who recently completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at Griffith University. Llewellyn has been involved in several artist-run initiatives in Brisbane over the past six years, most recently acting as Facilities Manager of the gallery and studio complex Outer Space in West End. Contact:

  • Jessie Nash

    Retail and Front of House Manager

    Jessie Nash is an artist and arts worker. She graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) in 2015, and started her MFA at National Art School in 2016. Having previously worked as the Gallery and Bookshop Assistant at the IMA, she relocated to London where she spent two years working for Stephen Friedman Gallery and the Royal Academy of Art. Upon her arrival back in Brisbane she has returned to the IMA. Contacts:

  • Liz Nowell

    Executive Director

    Since June 2019 the IMA has been led by Liz Nowell. Nowell was recently the CEO of Adelaide’s ACE Open, a position she has held since that organisation’s founding in 2017. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and oversaw its amalgamation with the Australian Experimental Art Foundation to form ACE. She is the former studio manager of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tony Albert, Co-Curator of SafARI and Curator at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.

  • Jess O'Farrell

    General Manager

    Jess O’Farrell is a curator with a strong interest in supporting the professional development of emerging and early career artists. Prior to joining the IMA, she was a Curatorial Projects Officer at UQ Art Museum, where she co-curated the group exhibition Second Sight, and Assistant Director at Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, where she supported artists including, Ian Cheng, Chris Huen Sin Kan, Helen Johnson, Philippe Parreno, John Skoog, and Sophie von Hellermann. She holds an MFA Curating from Goldsmiths University of London (2012), and a Bachelor of Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology, majoring in Art History. Contact:

  • David M. Thomas

    Events Technician

    David M. Thomas oversees technical and logistical aspects of  public programs. He is an artist and performs in art metal band, ∑GG√E|N. Thomas has a PhD in Visual Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane, a Masters of Arts Administration, UNSW, Sydney, and a Masters in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts. He is a founding partner of creative content studio, Funhauser, with Suzanne Howard. Contact:

  • Sarah Thomson

    Marketing and Communications Coordinator / 'the churchie' Coordinator

    Sarah Louise Thomson has a Bachelor of Business and Creative Industries from QUT, majoring in Marketing and Art History, and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing at UQ. She has previously interned for the IMA, the QUT Art Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, before beginning at the IMA. She has helped coordinate a number of exhibitions as part of ARI In Residence and occasionally writes about art. Contact:

  • Natasha Vigar

    Gallery Shop and Events Assistant

    Natasha Vigar has a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Queensland and has interned in both public programming at the IMA and registration at the Rockhampton Art Gallery as part of the University of Queensland Art Museum’s Kinane Regional endowment program. Natasha has also been a volunteer at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre. Natasha has a keen interest in education and children’s programming in gallery and museum spaces. Contact:

Board of Directors

Rachel Crowley


Rachel Crowley has been the President of the IMA’s Board since 2016. Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation as Head of Corporate Relations in late 2011, Crowley held a number of senior executive positions with Tourism Australia, including the global role of General Manager, Corporate Communications based in Sydney and Marketing Communications Manager, The Americas based in Los Angeles. Before joining TA Crowley’s career extended from journalism to government and consultancy. In her position as Head of Corporate Communications with Brisbane Airport Corporation Crowley is responsible for the company’s media, community and government relations and has management oversight of its marketing platforms including its web presence and sponsorship and brand strategies.

  • Dominique Jones


  • Nick Dignan


  • Nerida Cooley, Sam Cranstoun, John Hirschfeld, Cheryl Leavy, Calile Malouf, Simon Wright, and Jay Younger


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.