The GalleriesWest Committee of Management is comprised of representatives from a diverse mix of arts organisations and galleries from across metro and regional Western Australia.
The team are dedicated, passionate and experienced.
Members of the GalleriesWest Committee at the Public Galleries Summit 2018 (Carriageworks, Sydney) with artist Tami Xiang and arts professional, Olivia Nichols
chairperson – JULIAN BOWRON
Julian Bowron has worked in galleries and museums across Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. Most recently he was Director of Bunbury Regional Art Gallery for 5 years and before that Director of Mildura Arts Centre.
vice-chairperson – gary aitken
secretary – fiona sinclair
Fiona is a passionate artist and artsworker dedicated to catalysing opportunities for individuals and communities to discover the unique and essential value of the Arts in everyday life. During a 20 year career specialising in public art and community engagement she has worked across Western Australia on projects large and small. As the Artistic Director and General Manager of Southern Forest Arts, she oversees the unfolding vision of Northcliffe’s Understory Art & Nature Trail and the adjacent Painted Tree Gallery. Fiona is currently coordinating the ‘Connect to the Creative Grid’ project through the Regional Arts Partnership Program and is on the board of Country Arts WA.
treasurer – JAN CROENI
Jan Croeni, a serial-entrepreneur-turned-
Based in Perth, Australia, since 2018, he is an active mentor, advisor and investor at various start-ups and incubators, with a special focus on cause-related ventures, social enterprises and for-impact companies. In his early 30s, Jan co-founded and managed companies which raised USD10+ million, exited with USD50+ million, went IPO (ASX:IBY, market capitalization of USD100+ million, 12/2013), and employed 250+ staff reaching out to millions of customers in Southeast Asia, all within a period of few years in diverse areas such as electric mobility, online shopping, and food delivery
Collections sector working group representative – Kim Jameson
Kim Jameson, Executive Director of ART ON THE MOVE holds an intrinsic belief in the transformational role of culture as a vehicle for change, critical discourse and empowerment, giving a voice to the silent and contributing to identity of self, community and place. Having worked in the cultural industries across the UK, USA and Australia her career is characterised in unlocking opportunities for growth and working within strategic partnerships that make a lasting impact.
Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub WA representative – Chad Crieghton
Chad Creighton is the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub Chief Executive Officer. Chad is a Bardi and Nyul Nyul man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Born in Broome he lived in the township and surrounding communities for most of his life. Chad and his wife Sarah have three children. He studied Fine Art at the University of Western Australia, Heritage Studies at Curtin University and is a trained Mediator with many years’ experience working with Aboriginal people in the arts and native title.
From 2009 – 2017 Chad worked for the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) in Broome on various projects including Coordinating heritage and environmental studies at the James Prices Point proposed LNG plant site, the Dampier Peninsula Planning Project, Manager of native title activities in the west Kimberley including the recent Bindunbur native title claim that was determined in early 2018.
He was the inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Intern with the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), Coordinator of the Western Australian Art Award in 2009 and in 2012 to 2013 worked with the AGWA to develop the Desert River Sea project. Chad has immense knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and has written for publications such as Art + Australia magazine.
art gallery of WA – James Davies (Director OF Exhibitions)
James has over 25 years’ art-related experience primarily in regional WA. Previous positions include; Inaugural Manager of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery (1993 – 1995), Director of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (1995 – 2002) and Director of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (2008 – 2016). He holds a Fine Arts degree from Curtin University and along with being a practising visual artist, actor and musician James has also taught drawing and painting privately as well as part of the TAFE system. In late 2016 the management of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery came under the control of the City of Greater Geraldton local government authority. As a result James accepted an offer from the Art Gallery of WA to return to Perth where he took up his new role as the Acting Director, Exhibitions and Collections in January 2017. James maintains his passion for regional arts and is an inaugural member of the newly formed Galleries West – the WA Regional Arts Association.
Dr Diana McGirr
Dr Diana McGirr is an art historian-curator with a background in collection, exhibition and gallery/museum management in regional and metropolitan contexts. With degrees in Art History (Edinburgh) and Museum Studies (Manchester), early career roles included Keeper of Fine Art at the Atkinson Art Gallery and Research Assistant at the British Museum. Since moving to Australia in 1989 she has been Curator of the Alan Bond Collection, Manager Public Programs at the National Museum of Australia, Lecturer and Visual Art Theory Course Coordinator at Edith Cowan University’s South West Campus, Director of Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and Executive Officer with Museums Australia WA. Currently she is Coordinator of ArtGeo Cultural Complex in Busselton. She has also worked in the resources sector, completed a Masters in literature (Murdoch University) and a PhD in contemporary art and regionalism (Curtin University). Diana would like to pursue her research interests further and find time to write. Meanwhile she stays grounded by managing a small hobby farm and horse riding.
Sara is currently the acting coordinator of Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, and is passionate about regional WA’s art centres and public galleries. She has worked with Western Desert communities and art centres to help them tell their stories through the arts and interpretive exhibitions, and was previously the business development officer for Artsource.
Gemma Ben Ary
Gemma is an independent visual artist, writer and curator, a board member at the Mundaring Arts Centre, and the Executive Director of Ellenbrook Arts. Formerly the Curator at the City of Joondalup, Gemma’s interests are primarily in contemporary Western Australian visual art, feminist theory, and contemporary craft. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Writing from Edith Cowan University, and has worked as a writer, curator and arts administrator since graduating from Central TAFE in 2009 with an Advanced Diploma of Art and Craft, where she majored in sculpture.
Marianne is the Principal of Ethica Legal Solutions, a New Law boutique practice that offers business and legal advisory services. As a past Director of the Society of Construction Law, she was actively involved in the Society as Chair of the Conference Subcommittee, Chair of the Communications Subcommittee, Chair of the Perth Events Committee, as well as the inaugural convenor for the WA Young Constructors Committee. She is an active member of the Infrastructure Coalition, advocating for an Infrastructure West Australia statutory body. She also runs the women’s networking group Rara Avis, and is the Founder and Director of online subscription company Max & Rose.
Marianne is a skilled General Manager, specializing in Commercial, Legal and Risk management. Her portfolio career has enabled her to work both as a General Counsel and Company Secretary and as a General Manager in a diverse range of highly regulated environments where she manages the legal and commercial function, advises and negotiates on major commercial and contract matters and oversees the work of outside counsel. She was directly involved in complex business transactions and in negotiating critical contracts and delivers commercial legal advice and company secretarial services, risk management and insurance arrangements.
Marianne graduated from the Masters of Law at Melbourne University in December 2013. She is also qualified as an Executive and Organisational Coach.