2015 VIP LIAISONS
Sydney Contemporary’s VIP Collector Manager Natalia Bradshaw liaised with active collectors and oversaw a dedicated campaign to confirm VIP collector attendance.
Throughout her career Natalia has built strong networks amongst artists, gallerists, dealers, auction houses and curators domestically and abroad. She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), the Australia Council and was on the committee of the AGNSW Contemporary Collection Benefactors for more than 12 years. Natalia was recent past Chair of Art Month Sydney and curator of Collector’s Space 2013 and 2014, a unique pop up exhibition exploring personal collecting journeys.
ART + OBJECT, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Hamish is a degree qualified art historian who graduated from the University of Auckland. Hamish works closely with the art department to source and present major artworks. Hamish also offers a consultancy service to corporate organizations and in recent years has managed the installation of site specific works in Deutsche Bank’s Auckland Headquarters.
ART + OBJECT, DIRECTOR ART
Ben heads A+O’s art division with a key focus on contemporary art and new genres to the auction market, as well as stimulating the mainstream art market. Ben has a first class honours degree in art history from Otago University and has undertaken post graduate study on new photo media in Melbourne. Ben is a foundation member of the ART 50 philanthropic patron’s group.
CONSULTANT AND PUBLIC ART PROJECT MANAGER
Melissa is an art consultant and public art project manager. She was the founding director of Utopian Slumps, which operated in Melbourne as a non-profit gallery from 2007 to 2009 and a commercial gallery from 2010 to 2014. During its commercial operation the gallery participated in ten local and international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Auckland Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore, Art Fair Tokyo and Art Forum Berlin.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Art History) and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. She has undertaken curatorial internships at the Queensland Art Gallery, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and a curatorial mentorship at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and has held positions including Exhibitions Project Officer and Exhibition Coordinator at Melbourne Museum and Programme Manager at the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, Federation Square.
Melissa has given guest lectures and participated in panel discussions at The University of Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Museum and Auckland Art Fair. She is currently writingAn A to Z of New Australian Art (working title) to be released by Thames and Hudson in 2016.