Staff & Board

  • Jahlia Aird

    Gallery Shop Manager

    Jahlia Aird is a woman of Aboriginal, South-Sea, and Scottish heritage, who values diversity and the impact in which culture has on art and society. Having spent much of her life within cultural institutions, she has a deep passion and respect for both art and fashion. Jahlia worked at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art stores from 2014–2020, where she was able to learn about art, books, local designers, and artists alike. Passionate about accessibility, Jahlia has recently begun her studies in Auslan, in the hope of becoming a qualified interpreter. Contact:

  • Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

    Front of House and Volunteer Coordinator

    Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer is an artist and curator whose practice is concerned with the digital conditions of contemporary life. He has also been Co-Director of Queensland’s oldest ARI, Boxcopy. Nicholas graduated with Honours from a Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media at UTS in 2014 and received a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at UNSW Art and Design in 2019. Nicholas is also currently a sessional lecturer and tutor in Photography and Art Theory at the Queensland College of Art. Contact:

  • Freja Carmichael

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

    Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman and curator belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She works broadly across the cultural sector with artists and communities on projects with a focus on collaborative curatorial approaches and the promotion and preservation of First Nations fibre knowledge. Carmichael recently curated Weaving the Way, The University of Queensland Art Museum (2019), Seeing Country, Redland Art Gallery (2019) and Around and within, Macquarie Group Collection space gallery (2018) and was a co-curator of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018) and its follow on iterations as The Layover, Artspace Aotearoa (2019) and Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery (2020). Currently, Freja is curator IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and also works as an independent curator, writer and arts worker.

  • 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:

  • Christine Kane-Foelz


    Christine Kane-Foelz is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institutions financial operations. Christine is a qualified accountant and CPA with extensive experience in not-for-profit organisations and small businesses as well as having previously worked for the Queensland State Government. Contact:

  • Llewellyn Millhouse

    Exhibition Production Manager

    Llewellyn Millhouse is and artist and arts worker who holds a practice-based Doctorate of Philosophy from Griffith University. Llewellyn has been involved in several artist-run initiatives in Brisbane over the past eight years, most recently as a founder and board member of gallery and studio complex Outer Space. Contact:

  • 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.

  • Tulleah Pearce

    Associate Director

    Tulleah Pearce is a curator and programmer with significant experience working with independent artists across Australia and the Asia Pacific to present and tour their works. She has worked across multiple performing and visual arts practices engaging audiences in conventional and unconventional ways.

    She comes to the IMA from the Sydney Opera House where she was the Associate Producer for Artist and Sector Development. Prior to this she was Program Manager at Performance Space producing Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art and has worked across the small-to-medium sector with roles at the Creative Practice Lab (UNSW), Blacktown Arts Centre, and Firstdraft.

  • Ashleigh Ralph

    Gala Manager and Development Coordinator

    Ashleigh Ralph holds a Bachelor of Arts, Art History with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. She is Director and Founder of Innerspace Contemporary Art (ICA), a roaming art space with a curated schedule of exhibitions by early career artists. Ashleigh has been involved with the IMA since 2011, when she began volunteering for the organisation. She has been Assistant Curator at UAP; Exhibition Coordinator at Griffith University Art Museum; Membership and Events Officer at IMA; Gallery Associate at Edwina Corlette Gallery; and the Front of House Assistant at University of Queensland Art Museum. Contact:

  • Sarah Thomson

    Marketing and Communications Manager & Curatorial Assistant

    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:

  • 2020 Volunteers

    Gulnoza Akmedova, Gabrielle Brisbane, Suzanne Brooks, Edmund Burke, Patrick Cenita, Freda Chang, Karen Cheung, Lou-Anne Clancy, Simon Cutler, Hugh Duke-Freney, Tara Fraser, Joaquin Gonzales, Georgia Haywood, Christopher Inwood, Anna Jacobson, Hannah Jeffrey, Trinity Koch, Eva Krepsova, Valeriia Leonte, Kathleen Morrice, Nicola Newman, Ari Nixon, Benjamin Ramsey, Caelan Reid, Monica Sottile, and Olivia Trenorden.

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.

  • Nerida Cooley


  • Nick Dignan


  • Sam Cranstoun, John Hirschfeld, Cheryl Leavy, 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.