Staff & Board

Liz Nowell

Executive Director

The IMA has appointed Liz Nowell as its new Director.

Nowell is currently 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.

Nowell will commence at the IMA in mid June 2019.

  • Jenna Baldock

    Development & Touring Manager

    Jenna Baldock is a curator and writer who joined the IMA team in 2017. As Development & Touring Manager, she oversees the IMA’s patrons programs and all logistical aspects of exhibition touring, regionally, nationally and internationally. Baldock has Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Arts), and a Graduate Certificate of Business from the Queensland University of Technology. Prior to joining the IMA, she was Curator and Gallery Manager at Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane. Contact: jenna@ima.org.au

  • 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: freja@ima.org.au

  • John Edmond

    Queensland Film Festival Curator

    John Edmond is a film curator and scholar. Having recently completed his PhD on vehicle landscapes, he is now the artistic director of the Queensland Film Festival and film programmer while also carrying out independent research and criticism. He is the author of a forthcoming monograph on Ken Russell’s Altered States and co-editor of two volumes on the works of Valèrie Massadian, and Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani.

  • 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. 

  • Cara Hughes

    Bookkeeper

    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.

  • Madeleine King

    Acting Director

    Madeleine King joined the IMA’s team in 2015. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, and has been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. In 2014, she completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: madeleine@ima.org.au

  • 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: llewellyn@ima.org.au

  • 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: jess@ima.org.au

  • Ashleigh Ralph

    Membership & Events Officer

    Ashleigh Ralph is Membership & Events Officer at the IMA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts extended major in Art History and Philosophy, and has recently completed honours in Art History at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining the IMA in 2017, Ralph has been a volunteer and intern at the IMA since 2011, the Gallery Associate at Edwina Corlette Gallery and a front of house assistant at the UQ Art Museum from 2015 to 2017. Contact: ashleigh@ima.org.au

  • 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: david@ima.org.au

  • Sarah Louise Thomson

    Communications Officer

    Sarah Louise Thomson has a Bachelor of Business and Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, majoring in Marketing and Art History. 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 in 2017. Contact: sarah@ima.org.au

  • 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: natasha@ima.org.au

Board of Directors

Rachel Crowley

Chair

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.

  • Jay Younger

    Vice Chair

  • Dominique Jones

    Secretary

  • Nick Dignan

    Treasurer

  • Nerida Cooley, John Hirschfeld, Calile Malouf, Kevin O’Brien, and Simon Wright

    Directors

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

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