Staff & Board

  • Tallara Gray

    Public Programs Coordinator

    Tallara Gray (Aboriginal, English, Scottish and German heritage) is an artist and artsworker with a background in grassroots activism and support. Tallara graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual) with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology. She began her career at Baluk Arts, a not for profit Aboriginal Art centre in Mornington (VIC), whilst she continued to be involved with Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous Youth Climate action network, running campaigns to protect Country from extractive industries and climate change. She lead the By Request Program for Flying Arts Alliance, a professional development program for artists and arts workers, educators, schools, and communities for almost 2 years and continues to be involved with the organisation. Tallara has exhibited at a number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Fremantle Art Centre, The Walls, Benalla Art Gallery, and Shepparton Art Museum. Contact:

  • Samantha Jones

    Assistant Director, Development and Operations

    Samantha Jones is an experienced arts manager and fundraiser. She has worked across government funding, Australian and international philanthropic foundations, international government agencies as well as registration and touring exhibition logistics.

    Samantha comes to the IMA from the Biennale of Sydney where she worked as Grants, Trusts and Foundations Manager, supporting leading curators Mami Kataoka, Brook Andrew and José Roca to realise the 2018, 2020 and 2022 Biennale editions. She holds a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts majoring in Sociology and Sculpture from UNSW Art + Design.


  • Christine Kane-Foelz


    Christine Kane-Foelz is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institutions financial operations. Christine is a qualified accountant and CPA with extensive experience in not-for-profit organisations and small businesses as well as having previously worked for the Queensland State Government. Contact:

  • Liz Nowell

    Executive Director

    Liz Nowell is an arts leader and curator with over ten years’ experience working in Australian and international contemporary art. Before joining the Institute of Modern Art in 2019, Liz was the founding CEO of Adelaide’s leading contemporary art space, ACE Open and Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Previous to this she has held positions at Sydney College of the Arts, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, SafARI, Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and University of NSW Art and Design. Her curatorial projects include Invisible Border: Khadim Ali (2021); Next Matriarch, co-curated with Kimberley Moulton (2017); putsch: proppaNOW (2010) and The Violet Ballet by Sally Smart (2019).

  • Tulleah Pearce

    Assistant Director, Program and Audiences

    Tulleah Pearce is a curator and programmer with significant experience working with independent artists across Australia and the Asia Pacific to present and tour their works. She has worked across multiple performing and visual arts practices engaging audiences in conventional and unconventional ways.

    She comes to the IMA from the Sydney Opera House where she was the Associate Producer for Artist and Sector Development. Prior to this she was Program Manager at Performance Space producing Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art and has worked across the small-to-medium sector with roles at the Creative Practice Lab (UNSW), Blacktown Arts Centre, and Firstdraft.

  • Nadine Schmoll

    Education Manager

    Nadine Schmoll is an educator and contemporary artist with nine years experience working in learning and engagement for diverse audiences. Nadine holds a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Visual Arts) and has worked across curriculum areas including The Arts, Design, Fashion, History, Science and English.

    Prior to joining the IMA, Nadine developed programs and resources for Museum of Brisbane as the Learn Curator and spent six years as the Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator for Reverse Garbage Queensland. Contact:

  • Caitlin Sheedy

    Gallery Shop Manager

    Caitlin Sheedy has worked for over 15 years supporting and promoting the work of artists. She worked at Museum of Brisbane and Artisan prior to commencing work with IMA.

    A local artist herself, Caitlin graduated from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University with first class honours. She was awarded the Win Shubert Graduate Prize for Fine Art and the Karl and Gertrude Langer Memorial Prize for the highest graduating student in the printmaking department. Caitlin has exhibited regularly since 2001, including exhibitions with IMA co-founder Ray Hughes, in Surry Hills, Sydney. Her work is represented in public institutions including the James Hardy Collection at the Queensland State Library. Her artistic output includes paintings, drawings, prints, collage, artists’ books, and ceramics.
  • 2022 Interns

    Molly Pekol and Hannah Jun

Board of Directors

Rachel Crowley


Rachel Crowley has been the President of the IMA’s Board since 2016. Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation as Head of Corporate Relations in late 2011, Crowley held a number of senior executive positions with Tourism Australia, including the global role of General Manager, Corporate Communications based in Sydney and Marketing Communications Manager, The Americas based in Los Angeles. Before joining TA Crowley’s career extended from journalism to government and consultancy. In her position as Head of Corporate Communications with Brisbane Airport Corporation Crowley is responsible for the company’s media, community and government relations and has management oversight of its marketing platforms including its web presence and sponsorship and brand strategies.

  • Deputy Chair

    Cheryl Leavy

  • Nerida Cooley


  • Nick Dignan


  • Christopher Bassi, Christina Cho, Zoë Connolly, Leighton Craig, and Tarun Nagesh


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.