PGQ Board

Claire Sourgnes


CEO – Artisan

Claire Sourgnes is the CEO of Artisan in Fortitude Valley. Claire has 20 years experience working in commercial, government and artist-run galleries in Australia and Germany. Prior to this appointment, Claire was the Network Coordinator of the Art Gallery Network of the Moreton Bay Regional Council for 5 years. Managing three galleries, in geographically and culturally diverse areas, has provided her with the challenge and satisfaction of creating places of regional significance within South East Queensland, as well as delivering diverse, quality, and innovative programs to local residents and visitors.

Claire is passionate about her job and believes in the transformative power of art. She is committed to the demystification of the art gallery for communities that may not have had access to art previously, in addition to offering fresh perspectives to seasoned gallery visitors.

Contact details:

T: (07) 3215 0801
M: 0468 56 99 06



Anna Thurgood

Vice President

State Library Queensland
Regional Content Curator

Anna has been working in visual arts for over 10 years.  She was appointed to the role of Gallery Director of Artspace Mackay in 2012, where she was Director for 5 years, after having been in the role of Exhibitions Curator for 4 years prior to that. Anna brought a strong track record of curatorial leadership to her role as Gallery Director as well as a respected reputation for rethinking ways to represent collections and deliver innovative exhibitions. During her tenure visitation to the gallery increased, the number and quality of exhibitions increased, the collection has developed in new and strategic ways, and both grant and sponsorship funding has increased.

Now based in Brisbane, and working at the State Library of Queensland, Anna brings a wealth of curatorial and managerial leadership to her new role.  She continues to work with regional and remote communities to bring their stories to wider audiences, and remains involved in the changing and often challenging new directions for the gallery sector, including new ways of engaging audiences with exhibitions, collections and public and education programs.

Anna is committed to the idea that art can change lives, and is passionate about making that happen. She is committed to making a difference to PGQ’s members through advocacy, professional development and industry support.

Contact details:

T: 07 3840 7909
M:  0431 871 652


Brian Tucker


Certified Public Accountant

Brian Tucker is the principal of Brian Tucker Accounting which was established in 1980 and is a Quality Assured CPA practice.

Brian’s practice specialises in the arts and community sectors and operates on a national basis, principally in regional and remote communities, providing accounting, business, taxation and audit services.

His particular area of interest is audit in the not-for-profit sector, and audits most of the arts organisations and Aboriginal owned Art Centres in Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, and works in communities from Patjarr in the Gibson Desert, to Balgo, south-west of Halls Creek in WA, and up to Ramingining in Arnhem Land.

In addition to his role as Treasurer of PGQ he is also Treasurer of a number of other not-for-profit entities involved in the arts in Queensland, particularly those providing support and services to young people embarking on a career in the arts.

Contact details:

T: 07 3391 3413
M: 0428 764 071
F: 07 3891 2368


PO Box 7336
East Brisbane Q 4169

Tracy Cooper-Lavery

Board Member

Home of the Arts Gallery Director

Tracy has worked in the regional gallery sector in Queensland and Victoria for more than 20 years including positions with Bendigo Art Gallery as Senior Curator and Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery; as well as her recent appointment as Chair of Museums and Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). She was appointed as Director of Home of the Arts in April 2016. An important aspect of this role is the design, development and realisation of a stand-alone, purpose-built public Gallery for the Gold Coast by 2020. Her responsibilities include the management of the Gallery, care and development of the permanent collection, budget development and management, supervision of full and part-time staff, an active group of volunteers and an advisory role on several Gallery and project committees.

Being born, raised and educated in Queensland, Tracy is eager to share her knowledge and experience to ensure that PGQ further cements its reputation as a leader in advocacy and support for the regional gallery sector. Tracy holds a Masters in Creative Arts from James Cook University as well as a post-graduate degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Contact details:

T: 07 5588 4058
M: 0476 853 372


Nina Shadforth

Board Member

Arts Culturalist

Nina Shadforth is an independent arts practitioner, working in projects as curator, consultant and arts administration for the visual arts and media industries, and as artist manager in the music industry. Nina has worked professionally in the arts sector for over 20 years, having held appointments in regional Queensland galleries as Curator/Director at Caloundra Regional Gallery and Noosa Regional Gallery, the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy, and southwards at the Victorian Racing Museum in Melbourne and the Bendigo Art Gallery, including a number of freelance contracts in Bendigo for the Information Centre, Central Gold Mine and Golden Dragon Museums; and as an author of education resource materials (visual arts) for the Herald-Sun & Weekly Times in Melbourne and also at the University  of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery.

Arts and Culture side projects for Nina have included visual arts contributor/writer for inNoosa magazine and as Curator for TEDxNoosa, and more recently has established her ‘ArtsUp’ street-art social media page. Currently Nina sits on the board of the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, the Conference Organising Committee for Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2017, and on the arts programming committee for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival.

Contact details:

M: 0419 766 654


Justin Bishop

Board Member

Black Square Arts Director

Aside from a few years spent traveling and a brief stint in the construction industry, Justin has worked in the regional gallery sector in Queensland since 1998 when he started as a casual exhibition installation officer at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. Justin spent the first half of his career with Global Arts Link and QUT Art Museum developing an understanding of the regional gallery sector from the ground-up. From 2008 – 2010 he was Director at Stanthorpe Regional Gallery and was Exhibitions Manager / Deputy Director at Cairns Regional Gallery until 2015 and until recently Director at KickArts Contemporary Arts. Justin is currently Arts Director of Black Square Arts and manager of Wei’Num Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Crafts Corporation.

Contact details:

M: 0420 682 170


Tracey Heathwood

Board Member

Artspace Mackay Gallery Director

Tracey has worked in the regional arts sector in Queensland for more than 20 years including positions with Flying Arts Inc., Artspace Mackay, Crossroad Arts Inc. and Mackay Regional Council. Her recent appointment as Director of Artspace Mackay in January 2018 sees her return to regional galleries after working as a freelance curator, project manager and arts consultant. In her role as Artspace Mackay Gallery Director, Tracey leads a team of professional gallery staff in providing a high-quality community facility; an inspirational exhibition program; a growing, relevant art collection and engaging public programs. Central to the role is the implementation and coordination of effective and efficient policies and practices relevant to the gallery and its programs, with the aim of providing the community of Mackay and visitors to the region access to high-quality arts and cultural development programs. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is a practicing printmaker.

Tracey believes in the arts’ ability to act as a catalyst for social change. She is passionate about seeing the Queensland regional arts and cultural sector thrive and looks forward to actively contributing to the advancement of a vibrant regional arts sector through her representation on the PGQ Board.

Contact details:

T: 07 4961 9773
M: 0401 825 728


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Ph: 07 3059 9740 (Tuesdays)

122 Gerler Road
Hendra Qld 4011

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