Sydney Contemporary

2021 Advisory Council

Sue Cato

Principal, Cato & Clive

Sue Cato has been a leader in corporate communications and issues management for over 20 years and is avid art collector. She is a board member of Carriageworks and is a member of Chief Executive Women. Sue is a regular panelist on ABC TV’s The Drum and on the 2UE Breakfast Show and is a commentator on business issues for the national press.

Alexie Glass-Kantor

Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney

Alexie Glass-Kantor is a curator, cultural producer, advocate for the arts and Executive Director at Artspace, Sydney. Since 1999 she has been active as a curator working across independent spaces, galleries, museums, art fairs, and biennials; she regularly jury’s art awards and prizes, and is frequently invited to contribute to public speaking events such as symposiums, forums, public programs and offer media commentary. As an advocate for the cultural sector she is on several boards, including: Chair, Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA); Academic Board, National Art School, Sydney; Council, Sydney Culture Network; and on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippines. Glass-Kantor was co-curator with Natasha Bullock of Parallel Collisions the 12th Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art; she is curator for Encounters at Art Basel | Hong Kong (2015 – ongoing); and in 2022 she will curate artist Marco Fusinato for the Australian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.

Rachel Griffiths

Actress and Philanthropist

Distinguished actress Rachel Griffiths has earned a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards for her work in film and television. Rachel and husband, artist Andrew Taylor are passionate collectors and are actively involved in Australia’s contemporary art community.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes Art Advisory

Mark Hughes is a leading Art Advisor with over two decades experience working in commercial galleries in Sydney and New York. Mark has represented artists from all over the globe and collaborated on exhibitions with many of the world’s leading museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, and the Tate Gallery London.

John Kaldor AM

Philanthropist and Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects

John Kaldor AM is a collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects since its inception in 1969. He has been collecting and commissioning art since the late 1950s, and since 1969 has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects. He has brought the most innovative and groundbreaking art to Australia for over 40 years through what is now the not-for-profit organisation Kaldor Public Art Projects, listed since 2004 on the Register of Cultural organisations. Kaldor has participated on the boards and international councils of many art organisations over the years, including P.S.1, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Biennale of Sydney; and as Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and is currently on the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was selected as commissioner for the Australian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2007. In 2011, Kaldor gifted his private collection of contemporary art to the Art Gallery of NSW, bringing this significant collection into public view.

Gene Sherman portrait

Dr Gene Sherman AM

Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas

Gene is the Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI). The Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a Hub series fashioned as the newest evolution of the re-named Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008-2017). SCCI launched in April 2018 with its inaugural Fashion and Architecture Hubs, returning in 2019 with highly acclaimed programming. The Foundation’s deliberately intimate and high-impact events explore intersections with these disciplines and the cultural, social, aesthetic and economic life of contemporary Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. From 1986–2007 she was Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries. Dr Sherman is currently Adjunct Professor, UNSW Art & Design (formally COFA); Deputy Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Board; (Advisory) Board Member of ARTAND (formally Art & Australia) magazine, and The Australian Institute of Art History (2013). She is a member of the Tate Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and the International Association of Art Critics; and an Asialink Asia Literacy Ambassador. The Foundation is a member of CIMAM, the International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. In 2012 it supported Dinh Q. Lê’s project, Sketches of Life from the War Zone (working title), 2011–12, commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13). Dr Sherman’s former Board appointments include the Bundanon Trust (1995–2002), the Powerhouse Museum (1994–2001) and Deputy Chair of the Power Institute Council at The University of Sydney (1996–2006). She regularly lectures to a wide range of institutions on topics such as gallery management, the art of collecting, philanthropy, private foundations and contemporary Japanese fashion.

Nick Tobias

Principal, Tobias Partners
Nick Tobias is a mulit-award winning architect and interior designer who has for more than the past 20 years delivered projects spanning across Australia and the globe. He has a deep passion for the visual arts being a collector himself and having held numerous roles in the community over the years. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia) and is Chairman of the MCA Foundation. He has been an Advisory Council member of Sydney Contemporary since its inception, is an Emissary for IMAAC (Israel Museum Ambassador’s Circle) and was on the Commissioner’s Council for the 56th Venice Art Biennale.

Lucy Turnbull AO

Director of Turnbull & Partners Pty. Ltd.

Former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Lucy Turnbull is a prominent Australian business and political leader. Lucy is well-known for her community activism and sits on many boards including the US Studies Centre, the Redfern Foundation and the Turnbull Foundation. Lucy is also Chair of the Committee for Sydney and has previously held a position on the Board of Directors of the internationally acclaimed Biennale of Sydney.

Evan Williams

CEO, Williams Land Limited

Evan founded Williams Land Limited after a successful career as a commercial lawyer with one of New Zealand’s preeminent law firms. Williams Land is a land development firm committed to preserving the legacy of the environments it develops. A passionate advocate for arts, culture and heritage, Evan sits as Chair of the Board of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

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