2017 VIP LIAISONS
Georgie Bruce is a visual art consultant and curator with specialist knowledge of the Asian region. Having lived and worked in South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, Georgie brings over a decade of art advisory experience to Melbourne and her role at Sydney Contemporary.
Whilst working in Asia, Georgie curated a number of culturally significant exhibitions, including the first contemporary Aboriginal Art exhibition to be held in South Korea in 2006 and in 2010 the return of politically persecuted Korean artist Lee Sang Hyun. Georgie was also a Trustee of the Sovereign Art Foundation for eight years.
Georgie has strong professional relationships with corporate and private collectors, galleries and art professionals, and provided art advisory services to collections including Clifford Chance, Singapore, First State, Hong Kong and the Peter McMahon Collection, Melbourne.
ARTS ADMINISTRATOR AND PAINTING SPECIALIST
Geoffrey Cassidy is a senior arts administrator and paintings specialist who has recently returned from four years living in the UK. While there, he worked as an independent advisor and curator, curating, notably, 'Australia: Contemporary Voices' for the Fine Art Society. Prior to this, he was the director of Artbank, the Australian government self-funded contemporary art rental scheme, designed to directly assist Australian contemporary artists through the direct purchase of their work.
Previously a Director of Sotheby's, he spent 10 years as a paintings expert in the Sydney office, the latter part as head of painting. He has been a committee member for the Australian tax incentive for the arts scheme as well as a judge for numerous art prizes and awards and is presently on the Board of the Biennale of Sydney.
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.