ARTS TASMANIA ANNUAL PROGRAMS 2024CONSTANCE ARI -
Board Members 2023
Nadia Refaei is an artist, curator and arts worker based in nipaluna. Her multidisciplinary practice draws on both personal and broader histories to explore ideas around cultural dislocation and negotiation. Varied histories of familial migration have informed her interest in the relationships between migration, memory and mythology. Nadia uses installation, video and other media, as well as embodied everyday practices like cooking and gardening, to examine these issues through the lenses of her overlapping, and sometimes conflicting, Arab- Muslim- and Greek- “Australian” identities. Alongside her arts practice, Nadia has worked for various arts organisations and festivals, and currently works at Moonah Arts Centre and Contemporary Art Tasmania.
Hannah Foley is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in nipaluna/Hobart. Her process-driven practice considers the phenomenological and relational body; incorporating performance, installation, and sound, each work begins with embodied processes of gestural and lived investigation. Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at the University of Tasmania, she is now undertaking doctorate research, drawing on hydrofeminist theory to generate modes of performing and scoring encounters with more-than-human bodies of water. Alongside her practice and research, Hannah is involved in tertiary arts education, and has prreviously worked for arts organisations and galleries including Salamanca Arts Centre.
Chris Arneaud-Clarke is a writer and critic. He has performed at LanFranchi’s Memorial Discotheque, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Melbourne Now, and his writing has appeared in Art + Australia magazine.
Jade Irvine is an artist and writer living in nipaluna. Her creative work centres on re-examining her cultural identity and articulating a sense of place through landscape. Jade has written for a number of arts publications including the National Gallery of Australia, ArtsHub, Assemble Papers, and un Magazine. She is currently working across digital mediums to produce audio and video content as part of her professional practice.
Dominique is a qualified lawyer living in nipaluna/ Hobart. She was admitted to the legal profession in 2020 and then commenced an associateship with the Honourable Justice Estcourt of the Supreme Court of Tasmania while also volunteering at the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Centre. Dominique intends to develop a legal practice centred on the arts, artists and local community.
Priscilla Beck is an artist and writer living in nipaluna/Hobart. Priscilla completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane in 2011, and received Honours (first class) from the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts in 2016. Priscilla was a founding director of Addition ARI, and is currently Chair of the Board of Constance ARI. Priscilla was an Artist In Residence at UTas in 2017 and a studio resident at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2018/19. Her work has been shown both locally and interstate. Priscilla’s art practice is open-ended and speculative, she often works within set frameworks to create subtle, material-based installations. Each work is deeply connected to process and place, and uses art practice and systems as the ‘site’ within which to respond. Her practice is complemented by a portfolio of critical and creative writing and facilitating projects in the community.
Caitlin Fargher is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculptural installation and curating. Graduating with First Class Honours in Fine Arts/Media Arts at UNSW Art and Design in 2017 in Sydney, she has returned home to be based in nipaluna/Hobart. She works out of Good Grief Studios. Her work is created through an embodied practice that explores histories, sites, ecologies and memories. Gardening, cooking, environmental systems, historical research and family narratives inform her materials. Alongside her arts and curatorial practice, Caitlin is on the board of CONSTANCE ARI and Treasurer at Good Grief Studios, and currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching (Secondary, Art).
Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie is a multidisciplinary artist, curator & community development worker based in nipaluna (Hobart), lutruwita (Tasmania). Her creative practice is responsive and explores belonging and cultural heritage in contemporary Australia. She draws on personal experience and understanding of diasporic identity and cultural dislocation to engage with broader conversations on the same. Her curatorial practice is primarily concerned with addressing gender and cultural diversity imbalances in the arts sector.
Nani Graddon Nani Graddon is an emerging artist based in Nipaluna (Hobart) who is currently working out of Good Grief studios. She holds a bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours from UNSW Art and Design, and has worked collaboratively in Sydney, Nipaluna, and Glasgow, organising, and exhibiting in group shows.
Theia Connell is a producer, curator and dormant artist based in nipaluna/Hobart. Theia is involved locally and interstate with a range of arts organisations, from major festivals (RISING) to grassroots artist-led orgs (Visual Bulk, Next Wave).
Emma is an up-and-coming social scientist and science communicator based in (Nipaluna (Hobart), lutruwita (Tasmania). She completed her degree in a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic sciences (BmarAntSc) and is now involved in a multidisciplinary projects which explore the way science can be communicated by using creative and alternative mediums. She is passionate about discovering different perspectives and is looking at ways to bridge the gap between science and art.
Cassie Sullivan is a lutruwita/Tasmanian Indigenous contemporary emerging artist living and working on Melukerdee Country.Cassie has a responsive, intimate and experimental arts practice that crosses disciplines of moving image, photography, writing, sound, installation and printmaking. She graduated from University of Tasmania with a bachelor of Fine Arts with honours (first class) in 2021 and has exhibited both locally and interstate.
Josh is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, working and living in the mountains of Glenlusk, in the south of lutruwita. They work with their hands, specialising in the use of reclaimed metals, incorporating blacksmithing and jewellery techniques into their work, with an emphasis on the act of making. Josh’s work focuses on the histories of the colonised island known as lutriwita/Tasmania - examining these narratives through the scope of an Indigenous person, reworking found materials, extruding the knowledge they hold. Josh examines injustices of the past in a contemporary setting, appropriating skills and materials typically associated with the industrial industries that helped build this colonised island. Through this process they have formed their own making- and material-language, defining their practice under ‘BLAKsmith’. Through making intimate objects, Josh is able to focus on the small details of not only their work, but the small histories of this island. Outside of their arts practice, Josh works in the Cultural Collections department at the University of Tasmania, including the Plimsoll Gallery.
Holly Greaves is a multidisciplinary artist born and based in lutruwita/Tasmania. Her practice revolves around vulnerable and intimate circumstances, that she typically feels within abject-mundane objects and spaces. Greaves’ art practice incorporates methods that enable her to engage with her fascination for subtle traces of effect and affect in the world; such as the long-term erosion of clothing, or the slow build-up of fingerprints on light switches. Greaves is drawn to the uncontrived quality of these kinds inadvertent frottages and indices. Predominantly using at-hand industrial materials, Greaves works across, whilst simultaneously tests the boundaries of, disciplines including drawing, performance, sculpture and installation. She is interested in learning the emotional histories of places and things, not by working in response to them, but by working with them.
CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I based in nipaluna / Hobart. CONSTANCE is focused on creating critical dialogues and engagement within, and beyond, the local Tasmanian arts community through supporting experimental and critical praxis.
CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the Palawa/Pakana people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.
CONSTANCE ARI’s program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..
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