Penny Coss, Acting Chair

thumbnail_thumbnail_IMG_6235.jpegPenny has been an engaged Artsource member for 18 years. She has a long and detailed knowledge of the organisation as a whole and previously served
on the Board as a Director. Coss was co-founder and Board member of the Art
Collective WA where she continues to exhibit and has sustained a committed
practice expanding over two decades.

She has shown her work extensively across Australia and internationally in
Japan, Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand. Penny is a multi award winner
who was comissioned to produce work for Terminal 1, Perth International Airport (2016), for Fremantle Biennale (2019) and Perth International Arts Festival (2020).
Her work 
can be seen in multiple national and international, corporate and public

Penny joined the Board in July 2021.

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Arif Satar, Deputy Chair


Mahomad Arif Satar's background is layered with experiences of migrancy and border-crossing. He moved from country to country, studying in Mozambique, Portugal, and Australia. He understands the landscape as a site of fractures that spill across national boundaries to make connections beyond geographies. This is reflected in his art practice where a multiplicity of media is reconfigured to form a body of work that encompasses sculpture, the moving image, sound, and text.

His fascination with ceramics continued and led to further studies and exploration of materials, methods, and contexts. His artistic practice is varied, ranging from secondary and tertiary teaching, local government management of arts and culture, community arts, large scale land art projects, hallery exhibition, international art residencies, and art for public spaces in Australia and overseas. 

Mahomad Arif's association with Artsource goes back to the early 90s, where he was involved in the push to get the organisation (known then as the Artists' Foundation of WA) recognised. With an extensive professional practice in public and community art, placemaking, and local government arts and culture management, Mahomad Arif is keen to contribute to the next phase of Artsource as a peak organisation representing the multiplicity of voices in the arts and in the wider community.

Arif joined the Board in August 2021.

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Judy Waugh, Treasurer

Judy has 20 years senior management experience on professional bodies covering membership growth, education, events management, professional standards, association governance, strategic planning and change management.

She has financial qualifications and holds an MBA. She is highly competent in strategic planning, product development, financial management, strategic use of IT to drive organsiational change, policy and advocacy, marketing, public relations and stakeholder management. An 'ideas' person with skills in process improvement and strategy development.

Judy is currently working as an artist and sculptor and engaged in governance of serveral local arts organisations. She is currently secretary at Melville Community Association.

Judy joined the Board in July 2021.

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Taylor Denning, Secretary


Taylor Denning (b.1995) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Perth, WesternAustralia.  Working across a variety of mediums, her practice draws on personal narratives and exposes intimate moments that define family life. In the hope of creating a deeper connection to the viewer, Denning reflects on the intricate nature of familial relationships and the challenges faced by physical separation.

Taylor graduated from Curtin University in 2016 with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since then, she was employed for four years as the Visual Arts Technician at Wesley College in South Perth. During this time, she also volunteered to support and assist the Fremantle Biennale and The Lester Prize for Portraiture.  Denning has been a studio resident at The Old Customs House, Artsource Fremantle since May 2019.

Denning achieved First Prize in the City of South Perth's Emerging Artist Acquisitive Award in 2015 and has exhibited in a selection of group shows across Perth and Melbourne.  She exhibited her first solo show at The Hive Art Space in 2017 and was elected as University Associate and Artist in Residence at Curtin University for Semester One in 2018.
More recently, Denning partnered with The Farm Margaret River in hosting her second solo show 'Ethereal' for one week in January 2021.  Over 130 people attended the opening event and the artworks sold out over the duration of the exhibition.  Denning has been working on commissioned paintings ever since.
Taylor joined the Board in June 2021.

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Tim Burns


Tim Burns has made a significant contribution to the history of Australian underground art. He rose to notoriety in the early 1970s with a series of (literally) explosive art actions, before decamping to New York, where he remained, on and off until the mid-1990s. He now resides on a large property near the town of York, in Western Australia.

The hugely varied set of projects Tim has worked on over the last forty years reflects a constant desire to set up sitations which critically reflect our hypermediated, industrialised western society.

His interventions are usually created live, in the public sphere, and resulting in some sort of dramatic surprise or shift in the participants' attention.

He was awards an ArtsWA Fellowship in 1999, and an Australia Council Artists Fellowship in 1996. He has also been awarded a Warhol/Rauschenburg Foundation grant in 1976; the American Institute of Graphic Design Arts Book Award in 1977 for 'A Pedestrian Series of Postcards'; The New York State Creative Arts Award in 1978 for 'CARnage!'; and the National Endowment for the Arts (US) for a performance in 1984, 'FBI/SPY'.

His work has been exhibited in numerous major shows and art insitutions worldwide, including The Beauborg Paris, ICA London, MOMA New York, The Hirschorn Museum Washington, The Baltimore Museum, The National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW and South Australia, The National Gallery of Australia, the Sydney Biennale, and numerous regional galleries in Australia. He is represented in public and private collections internationally.

Tim recognises that he is at a point in his career when he wants to give back to the artworld that has supported him. He values the unique position of Artsource in representing artists in Western Australia.

Tim joined the Board in August 2020.

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Kassia Ralston

Kassia is an engineer and graduate of the 2020 Emerging Leaders in Governance program, designed to develop young professionals for board leadership in the community sector. Kassia has experience working for global engineering design firms Arup and AECOM in project management roles on major public infrastructure projects involving placemaking and public art. Kassia is an elected member of the Engineers Australia (peak body for engineers) WA Divisional Committee and also serves on the Cura In-Home Care Management Committee.

She hopes to contibute to Artsource members and the Board leadership and strategic guidance support drawing from her diverse experiences as an engineering leader, Australian athlete, and her not-for-profit and peak body volunteer leadership roles. Kassia also wishes to engage with Western Australian visual artists and help bring people and ideas together so that visual artists can flourish and do what they do best.

Kassia grew up in Walyalup/Fremantle and is an avid water sportsperson who participates in swimming, water polo, surf lifesaving and sailing.

Kassia joined the Board in July 2021.

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David Spencer

I am a Board member because I know I will bring worthy insight as a practicing artist, my skills as a state manager and importantly, what I've learnt through my own life experiencesd - both the triumphs and failures. I will bring empathy and honesty with a focus on how we can bring Artsource's strategic plan with an energised articulation on our purpose. Do people that aren't artists know what we do or who we are?

I want to understand the inner workings of Artsource, develop and progress change, and seek to attain a more prominent status with the public and arts community. I want Artsource to be WA's premier arts body and creativity hub - and why shouldn't it be? A key ambition is to activate and take advntage of stunning assets such as Old Customs House.






David joined the Board in August 2021.

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