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Changemakers #1: Speakers

Changemakers #1 will bring together key people in the arts who are focused on fostering change and new models of arts and cultural practice.


Rachel Marsden

Dr Rachel Marsden is a curator, researcher, educator and arts writer based in Melbourne, Australia, examining transcultural studies and curatorial practices in China and the Asia-Pacific. Currently, Lecturer in Arts Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, she is also Partnerships and Project Manager for ACP PROJECTS. She is founder and curator of the transcultural exchange platform The Temporary, and Governing Board Member for China Residencies (New York, USA) and NPE Art Residency (Singapore). Previously, she was Coordinator for Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) (Birmingham City University, UK) and Research Curator for Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) (Manchester, UK). She has international experience of curating and teaching, specifically in Australia, China, UK and USA.


Patricia Piccinini is a contemporary artist who is interested in what it means to be alive in the present day. She creates a world somewhere between the one we know and one that is almost upon us. She focuses on the emotional lives of the new creatures that might emerge, along with our relationships with them and with nature. Her world is one of questions rather than answers. Instead of telling the viewer what to think she asks them how they feel when confronted by possibilities. Patricia has exhibited all over the world, including the Venice Biennale, and in 2013 created the Skywhale for the Centenary of Canberra. Her current exhibition, Curious Affection, is on at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Portrait, Artspace

Alexie Glass-Kantor is Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney, supporting curatorial practice, exhibition making, publishing, and residencies. She is Curator for the Encounters sector at Art Basel | Hong Kong (2015 to 2019), which premieres large-scale installations. As curator or co-curator of over two hundred exhibitions, Glass-Kantor has worked with international artists across generations to develop collaborative projects throughout the Asia, Europe and North America in independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals. Glass-Kantor has authored artist monographs and regularly contributes to catalogues, symposiums and journals internationally. Former roles include: Director—Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary; Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Co-Curator with Natasha Bullock of Parallel Collisions the 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; and Board Director, National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA). She is currently Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA) and on the academic boards of the National Art School (Sydney) and Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Philippines).

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Corbett Lyon is one of Australia’s leading patrons, commentators and collectors of Australian contemporary art.  He is a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Member of the Heide Museum of Modern Art Foundation and a Member of the International Council of Museums.  He lectures widely on contemporary art and on the architecture of art galleries and museums. Lyons is a founding partner of Lyons, an architectural design practice based in Melbourne and in 2008 established the Lyon Housemuseum with his wife Yueji, to display the Lyon Collection of Australian contemporary art and to promote Australian contemporary art practice.

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Esther Anatolitis fosters local, regional, national and international perspectives on contemporary arts issues as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the arts. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. With a strong background in visual arts, design, architecture and media, Esther has held leadership roles including Craft Victoria, Melbourne Fringe, SBS and Express Media, and most recently with Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts and has served numerous board, policy, advisory and juror roles. Esther is a former curator of Architecture+Philosophy, Digital Publics and Independent Convergence, and has taught into the studio program at RMIT Architecture, as well as at UNSW and the University of Sydney. A writer and critic, Esther’s work is regularly published and collected at

Caroline Chernov

Caroline Chernov is the Executive Director of the ten20 Foundation which brings innovation and inspiration to Australian early childhood investment. Having worked across business, government, ngo and philanthropic sectors, she is committed to seeding and supporting cross sector collaborations that drive new and better ways of working as a country. Caroline brings expertise around how diverse groups of people can come together to face risk, collaborate and innovate and how institutions can change to remain relevant. She is the founder and Chair or VCA Access. VCA Access was initiated in 2017 by a small group of supporters of the VCA who were keen to raise funds and connect a select group of Melbourne art lovers with high potential VCA Fine Arts Masters students, prominent VCA alumni artists and their representing Galleries. Caroline also serves on the Board of the VCA Foundation, Australian Friends of Asha Slums and is an Ambassador for the Human Rights Film Festival. Caroline lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.

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Anita Archer is an independent arts advisor based in Melbourne. Her consultancy specialises in Australian, Indigenous and Asian Contemporary Art and for the past twenty years, Anita has advised Australian and International collectors on the acquisition and sale of art. Additionally, through the platform Pegasos5, Anita has produced commercial exhibitions of Asian artists in Melbourne and international art events including Melbourne Festival, Mapping Melbourne, OzAsia Festival, Singapore Art Week, Asian Art London and Hong Kong Art Week. Anita’s recent projects include mentoring the University of Melbourne Master of Art Curatorship students through their exhibition of VCA art graduates at the Auckland Art Fair, and leadership of a study tour of University of Melbourne alumni to the Middle East examining the development of Museum and Cultural projects in the Arab World. Anita completed an honours degree in Art History and went on to study and train with Sotheby’s in London. She was the first female auctioneer in Western Australia and has spend many years as an independent auctioneer leading sales in Australia, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. Anita is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and will soon be submitting her thesis on Global Art Markets with a focus on the emerging auction market for contemporary Chinese art.



Tess Maunder will be running the Workshop day  for VCA (Honours and MCA) and Masters in Art Curatorship/Arts and Cultural Management students from The University of Melbourne. It aims to facilitate new confidence, networks, understanding and practice between emerging artists and curators, and foster future collaboration. 

Tess Maunder is an independent curator, writer and researcher currently based in Brisbane, Australia. She was one of four international curatorial colligate for the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again, with Chief Curators Raqs Media Collective (2016 – 17). She has worked and studied in Australia, The Philippines, India, China, the US, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. She advocates for supportive frameworks of exchange for independent curators through the online peer network Open Curators’ Platform, co-founded with Sophia Cai in 2017, and she is an alumnus of the Australia India Youth Dialogue.