Staff & Board

  • Robert Leonard


    Robert Leonard (he/him) is an art curator and art writer with over three decades of experience. He has returned Director’s seat, having previously led the IMA from 2005 to 2013. He was most recently Chief Curator at City Gallery Wellington. He has also held curatorial posts at Auckland Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and Wellington’s National Art Gallery (now Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), and has served as Director of Auckland’s Artspace Aotearoa. He was the curator of New Zealand pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2015.


  • Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

    General Manager

    Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer (he/him) is an artist whose practice is concerned with the digital conditions of contemporary life. His practice engages with the cultural functions of imaging technologies and examines how networked cultures are shaped by the technologies and images they exist within. He has exhibited in several galleries including UNSW Galleries and Milani Gallery, and artist-run spaces including Firstdraft and Bus Projects. He has also exhibited online with a number of organisations, including Solo Show and State Of gallery, Milan. He graduated with Honours from a Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media at UTS in 2014 and in 2019 completed a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at UNSWAD.


  • Kinly Grey

    Exhibition Manager

    As an artist and arts technician, Kinly Grey (they/them/their) has been an active member of the Meanjin arts community for over 14 years. Known for their light and smoke works, Kinly has had solo shows at Metro Arts, Outer Space, and Boxcopy in Brisbane, and The Walls, Gold Coast. Their work has also been featured in galleries and public projects including at the Museum of Brisbane; Home of the Arts, Gold Coast; Brisbane Festival; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; QUT Art Museum, Brisbane; Byron School of Arts, Mullumbimby; Queen St Mall, Brisbane; Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane; and Highgate Hill Park, Brisbane. Kinly has also participated in public programs as an invited speaker at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, BAD Festival, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.


  • Caitlin Sheedy

    Gallery Shop Manager

    Caitlin Sheedy (she/her) 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.


  • Nadine Schmoll

    Education Manager

    Nadine Schmoll (she/her) 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.


  • Noam O'Reilly

    Project Officer

    Noam O’Reilly (they/them) is an art researcher, administrator and project facilitator with a background in policy development and current studies in Law. Noam graduated with the University Medal and an Honours Degree Class 1 in Fine Arts from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Since completing their first undergrad, Noam has worked in non-profit, academic and commercial structures, in sectors across Visual Arts, Music, Education and Publishing, with experience at Griffith University, Metro Arts, Renshaw Gallery, Supercell Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Queensland Youth Orchestras. From 2015-2018, Noam directed the East Brisbane Artist-Run-Initiative, The Laundry Artspace. Noam is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology, so they can offer a diverse skillset as an arts worker to strengthen the Australian arts ecology with informed advocacy and policy reform.


  • Elliott Bledsoe

    Senior Marketing Consultant

    Elliott Bledsoe (he/him) is an arts marketing specialist who has worked with ArtsHub, the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Brisbane Chamber Choir, the National Library of Australia, Brisbane Open House and many others. Currently he is the Arts Marketing and Digital Competency mentor in the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) Creative Business Champions (CBC) program. Elliott also runs Agentry, an arts marketing micro-consultancy working nationally and based in Meanjin/Brisbane. Agentry supports artists, arts organisations and groups to introduce marketing strategy and optimise their marketing communications efforts – whether IRL, URL or hybrid (in-person, online or both). Before starting Agentry, Elliott held marketing and content positions with the Queensland Writers Centre, ABC Radio National, the Australia Council for the Arts, Regional Arts Australia and others.


  • Kate Usher

    Senior Producer

    Kate Usher (she/her) is an experienced arts administrator and performance art curator. Kate has previously held positions as General Manager, Studio1; Festival Director, Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance; Executive Director, Ausdance Queensland; Program Manager, Public Engagement, Museum of Brisbane; Research and Projects Officer, Positive Solutions Consulting; Associate Producer, Metro Arts; Arts Programmer, QPAC; and Producer, World Science Festival Brisbane. With her freelance producing practice, Kate has worked for Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council, HOTA | Home of the Arts, and Artslink.

    Kate graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009, and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011. In 2020, Kate was awarded the Weary Dunlop Fellowship for the Asialink Business Leaders through University of Melbourne.


  • Katie Rasch

    Associate Producer

    Katie Rasch (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and artsworker, working predominantly with photography and digital art on unceded Yuggera and Turrubal land. She explores speculative myth making through the lens of Pacifika Futurism to return to decolonial narratives.

    She often creates work with the goal of creating representation and reconnecting with the cultural pride she yearned for as a young child. Through this, Katie playfully draws from her connections within the Pacifika and Queer Meanjin community to explore her cultural learnings, championed by optimism and hope.


  • Misteria Towler

    Program Assistant

    Misteria Towler (she/her) is an emerging Wiradjuri artist with experience working as a performing artist and choreographer across Meanjin. She has worked, collaborated, and trained with the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts, Pride Festival Brisbane, Digi Youth Arts, and Brisbane Festival. Misteria began her journey in the arts community in 2017 with a dance background and went on to complete a Diploma of Performing Arts in 2019 with the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts. Misteria has since continued to work as a freelance artist in Brisbane. In 2022, she worked with Digi Youth Arts and Brisbane Festival as an Assistant Producer and is currently completing a Bachelor of Secondary Education with the University of Southern Queensland. 

  • Tina Agic

    Marketing Communications Producer

    Tina Agic (she/her) is an early-career arts worker who has delivered communications in diverse fields. With experience working for non-profit organisations, her background spans journalism, politics and the arts. Tina is interested in examining the use of effective visual design to support engagement with art, artists and the IMA. 

    Tina’s experience includes working for 4ZZZ, the Office of Kevin Rudd, and as Public Programs Assistant at the IMA. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts from the University of Queensland, and is completing a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney. 


  • Christine Kane-Foelz


    Christine Kane-Foelz (she/her) 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.


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.

  • Cheryl Leavy

    Deputy Chair

  • Nerida Cooley


  • Nick Dignan


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


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council

    Co-chaired by D Harding and Cheryl Leavy, with members Katina Davidson, Les Malezer, and Warraba Weatherall

The IMA acknowledges, thanks, and pays our deepest respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that we work with and the Country we work on.