Artback NT Staff

Louise PartosLouise Partos - Executive Officer, Darwin
Louise Partos began as Executive Officer of Artback NT in June 2007. Louise has an extensive background in the not for profit arts and culture sector including project management and cross cultural development. She has worked for many years within communities, particularly Aboriginal and within the museum sector. Previous roles have included: Art Coordinator, Bula’bula Arts, Ramingining; Producer, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre; Melbourne Museum, Curator and Project Coordinator; Indigenous Cultures Department, Museum Victoria; and Art Coordinator, Ernabella Arts.
In 2009, Louise won an AbaF Margaret Lawrence Scholarship which enabled her to undertake professional development at Melbourne Business School, Mt. Eliza Campus. In 2010 Louise won the Deakin Ticketmaster Arts Management Alumni Prize through which she was able to enrol in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, to complete a course entitled Leadership for the 21st Century: Global Change Agents. In 2013 Louise completed an Asialink Arts Management Residency in Baucau, Timor Leste. Working in partnership with a community art centre, Afalyca Arts, Louise delivered Timor Leste’s first ever Music and Art Festival. In 2015, Louise was offered a Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Fellowship and was accepted into the Asialink Leaders Program run throughout the year in Brisbane and Canberra. This is an excellent investment for both Louise personally as well as for the organisation.
Neridah StockleyNeridah Stockley - Visual Arts Touring Program Manager, Alice Springs
Neridah moved to Alice Springs in 2001 and joined Artback NT in 2008 as a part-time employee; currently managing the Visual Arts Touring Program. During this time she has overseen touring logistics for 17 NT and National Touring exhibitions. Neridah also works closely with the Visual Arts Manager and/or Producers in developing curatorial/presentation components of exhibitions. Trained at the National Art School in Sydney with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Neridah maintains her own practice as a Visual Artist. Neridah has worked full and part-time for Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Mwerre Anthurre Artists, Maruku Arts and Batchelor Institute.
Jo FosterJo Foster - Visual Arts Development and Touring Manager, Alice Springs
Jo has qualifications in visual arts (BA), visual arts education (Post-graduate Diploma) and arts administration (Masters). She has worked in museum education, audience development, community development, creative development, project management, enterprise management, consultancy and co-curatorial roles.

Born and bred in Sydney, Jo originally combined her passions for art, education and community development through her work within the Public Programmes Department of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was lured from this role to Balgo Hills in WA, where she lived and worked for three years as the inaugural coordinator of the Warlayirti Culture Centre. This experience ignited her interest and commitment to work with Aboriginal artists and communities and Jo came to Alice Springs in 2005 to work for Tjanpi Desert Weavers first as Enterprise Manager and then from 2007 as Creative Development Coordinator. In this role she pioneered an intensive programme of bush workshops and artists camps to support women across fifteen desert communities to extend their fibre arts practice. She also facilitated many high profile projects and commissions for major public institutions and festivals across Australia showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of Indigenous culture.

A confessed exhibition junkie, Jo is a firm believer in the potential for the arts to build individual and community capacity and to enrich our lives in general.
Lia Pa'apa'aLia Pa'apa'a - Indigenous Traditional Dance Program Manager
After spending two years living and working in Borroloola to deliver Artback NT’s Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) with Marlene Timothy and the community, Lia has now relocated to Cairns as part of the transitional model developed by ITDP Borroloola to empower the local community to take ownership of its arts program development and delivery in the region. Additionally, Lia is working with the community of Numbulwar to bring to life the inaugural Numberindi Festival.

Lia comes from a background of Community Arts and Education, with a strong focus on working with urban and remote Indigenous and Pacific communities. 2010-2012 saw Lia event direct three Indigenous youth music festivals each year - MOBFEST in NT, SA and NSW. Lia also spearheaded a team of Pacific Islander arts practitioners to deliver three successful Contemporary Pacific Art Festivals (2013-2015) at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne. Now based in Cairns, Lia is looking to expand her practice across Far North Queensland whilst maintaining strong working relationships with the communities she has engaged in the NT.
Marlene KarkadooMarlene Timothy - Cultural Events Officer, Borroloola
Marlene Timothy is a senior Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola who has a strong, established identity in the community. Marlene currently works part-time at the Waralungku Arts Centre as the Media and Marketing Officer, a position created to best use her expert communications skills from her many years involved in local broadcasting. Marlene has a diverse skill set that complements this expertise including teaching, public speaking and facilitation of cultural awareness forums for the mining industry. Many of these skills have been further developed and consolidated with over a decade of formal studies in journalism, tourism, governance, business and community development at Bachelor Institute (NT), Charles Darwin University and Curtin University (WA). Marlene is a representative on many community committees and is currently a local authority member on the Roper Gulf Shire Council.
Jess OngJess Ong - Communications Manager, Darwin
Jess did the home town dash from Darwin ten years ago to study in Brisbane, graduating from Queensland University of Technology. Jess worked at Queensland Performing Arts Centre as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for over three years until itchy feet prevailed and she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as a Communications Officer at an adult education NGO as part of the AusAID funded program, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development. Wonderfully warm people and communities, -40 degree winters, the Gobi Desert, Siberia and the Steppe, fermented mare's milk, dried curd, vodka and karaoke resulted in an extremely rich experience!

Jess is passionate and curious about the role creativity and the arts plays in engaging, connecting and strengthening communities. Jess is also interested in the influence storytelling and public spaces can have on society and the challenges, changes and conversations that can come from it.
eve_websitephotoEve Pawlik - Administrator | Anchor Tenant
Eve has joined the Artback NT team part-time as Anchor Tenant and Administrator. Eve relocated to Darwin from Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in anthropology, physical geography and art history. Eve continues to explore her art and music practice both individually and in collaboration. Eve’s interests have motivated her to involve herself in a variety of art, social enterprise and education programs both in Melbourne and the Northern Territory. The majority of her time was spent with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Bush Heritage, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Artmeet ARI and the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF).
Steve Fox – Curator: Punuku Tjukurpa
Steve graduated from the SA School of Art in 1978 receiving the H.Gill Memorial Medal for the Highest Honours. While at Art School, Steve established an Art Group for a group of Aboriginal Alcoholics in Port Adelaide SA.
Steve has done two stints as Art Co-ordinator for Yirkkala Arts and Crafts (now Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre) and lectured and taught in printmaking (SA School of Art, Jerry Mason Senior Memorial Centre, Cadell Training Centre). From 1994 – 1997 Steve was the Director of 24HR Art and from 1997 – 2006 was the Director of Maruku Arts at Mutitjulu community NT.
From 2006 to 2011 Steve ran his own gallery, Mogo Raw Art and Blues, on the South Coast of NSW, combining his two passions of Outsider Art and Blues music. Steve currently works with Workability in Batemans Bay NSW as a Direct Support Worker working mainly in the area of mental health respite and with an art group for people living with a mental illness or intellectual disability.
Steve’s own artwork is represented in the NGA, NGV, QAG, Power Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of NSW, Araluen Art Centre, Univ of Tasmania as well as many private collections.

Staff list current as at November 2016.

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