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.
Samantha Jones (she/her) 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.
General Manager (Interim)
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.
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.
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 (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 (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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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