PGQ Board

Claire Sourgnes

President

CEO – Artisan

Claire has 20 years’ experience working in commercial, government and artist-run galleries in Australia and Germany across a range of positions. Claire was the inaugural Network Coordinator of the Art Gallery Network of the Moreton Bay Regional Council where she managed the Council’s three galleries and art collection across a geographically and culturally diverse area. Claire has experience in delivering diverse, quality, innovative programs which exemplify the transformative power visual art, craft and design can have in our communities. Since November 2016, she has been the CEO of artisan, Queensland’s only organisation supporting and advocating for the craft and design sector in the state. In all her roles, Claire has shown a commitment to enriching lives through community interaction with the arts. She is actively engaged in advocacy for the arts sector in Queensland and nationally and is the current Chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centre (ACDC) network.

Contact details:

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

Email: ceo@artisan.org.au

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

Email: anna.thurgood@slq.qld.gov.au

Brian Tucker

Secretary/Treasurer

Certified Public Accountant

Brian Tucker was the principal of Brian Tucker Accounting ans is now retired from day-to-day accounting and auditing.

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

His particular area of interest was audit in the not-for-profit sector, and audited most of the arts organisations and Aboriginal owned Art Centres in Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, and worked 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. Brian continues to be actively involved in the arts sector, assisting small organisations and practitioners, emerging and established. He has also developed a new “career” as a book reviewer.

Contact details:

M: 0428 764 071
Email: brian@briantuckercpa.org

PO Box 7336
East Brisbane Q 4169

Bianca Acimovic

Board Member

Rockhampton Art Gallery

For over 15 years, Bianca Acimovic has worked in a range of positions across a number of cultural institutions spanning from regional to state institutions, University institutions to State departments. Holding a variety of positions throughout the east coast of Australia Bianca has been part of cultural institutions including University Art Museum, University of Queensland; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA); Public Art Agency, Arts Queensland; Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG); Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and currently with the Rockhampton Art Gallery. In these positions, she has developed a record of positively contributing to the development and management of these cultural institutions, expanding engagement and breaking down stigmas, to sit these institutions at the heart of community.

Bianca holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Master of Museum Studies, University of Southern Queensland, and Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Adelaide. Collective through her formal training Bianca has specialised in contemporary art, with a focus on the operation and management of art institutions in an innovative and progressive mode.

Contact details:

P: 07 4936 8173
M: 0417 430 069

Email: bianca.acimovic@rrc.qld.gov.au

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

Email: cooper-lavery@hota.com.au

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

Email: tracey.heathwood@mackay.qld.gov.au

Nina Shadforth

Board Member

Collections Curator

Nina Shadforth currently works as Collections Curator for the Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery and works across diverse projects in both the visual arts and entertainment industries. Nina has worked professionally in the arts sector for over 20 years, having held appointments in regional QLD galleries as Curator/Director at Caloundra and Noosa Regional Galleries, the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy and for Public Programs, at the Victorian Racing Museum, Melbourne and the Bendigo Art Gallery, including a number of freelance contracts in Bendigo for the Information Centre, Central Deborah Gold Mine and Golden Dragon Museum; and as author of education resource material (visual arts) for Herald-Sun & Weekly Times, Melbourne and University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery.

Side projects have included visual arts contributor/writer for InNoosa magazine, lead Curator for TEDxNoosa, and as member of boards; Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Sunshine Coast Screen Collective, and lead curator (Vis Arts) for Noosa Alive! Festival, and more recently established @pastedarts street-art social media pages. Currently, Nina is a member on the board of the Public Galleries QLD (PGQ) and is artist manager for singer-songwriter DOOLIE from Queensland.

“Working with passion and integrity in the ever-inspiring world of multi-arts and culture, my objective through my work is to make a valuable contribution to the creative ecology of the arts in my region and help enable accessibility, connection and fulfilment in the arts”.

Contact details:

M: 0419 766 654

 

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Ph: 07 3059 9740 (Tuesdays)
Email: membership@magsq.com.au

122 Gerler Road
Hendra Qld 4011

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