Soraya Ramsey, Operations Manager - Old Customs House, Studios and Atrium Gallery
Soraya has experience in providing managerial, financial and adminstrative
support for art events, architects and professional membership & not for
Soraya was the Administrator for Artist Open House Fremantle (AOHF). From 2014 to 2017 this annual, community event exhibited and sold art in private houses in Fremantle. Soraya works as the Awards Coordinator for Learning Environments Australasia (LEA); organising an international awards program recognising excellence in the innovation and design of education spaces.
Soraya studied architecture at Curtin University and has a B. Applied Science (Archiectural Science). Soraya has a strong interest in the arts, especially visual arts, performing arts and architecture.
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Stirling Kain, Memberships, Marketing, and Communications
Stirling is an arts worker on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, and manages Memberships, Marketing, and Communications for Artsource since February 2021. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 2020, majoring in the History of Art and History. Stirling has worked in arts research, digitisation, magazine editing, and curation.
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Melissa Justins, Education Officer
Melissa is an arts worker and educator, originally from Dumbleyung, WA. She has studied at Curtin University and Middlesex University London, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. She also studied at UWA, obtaining a degree in Secondary Education (Visual Arts) in 2018. She has a strong interest in developing diversity and inclusivity in the arts, and holistic approaches to art education and initiatives. Melissa joined Artsource as an Education Officer in Februaury 2021.
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Kristie Rowe, Artlease Consulting:
Marketing and Business Development
Kristie Rowe is an artist and designer born in Perth. Her current artistic practice is centered around creating innovative ways to bring history to life and Kristie works with a range of art mediums such as costume and sculpture to animate stories and characters, specifically for film and live performance. Kristie practices gestural painting as a form of diary entry, inspired by her research and immediate tactility to the world around her, combining memory and the instant response to the act of painting.
Kristie attributes her unique perspective to her 20-year career as an artist, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia, she moved to Sydney to study a Diploma in Fashion Design. Kristie then went on to London where she gained valuable experience creating one-off pieces made with antique textiles. This culminated in the creation of her own International fashion brand, House of Snowball and for 3 years she ran a bespoke boutique in South Melbourne.
Being extremely visual and responsive to her environment, she is passionate about the styling of interior spaces and has worked with custom businesses and private clients on commissioned 2D artworks as well as custom rug designs. Over recent years, Kristie has collaborated with a wide range of artists across various disciplines and has developed a strong connection to many forms of art.
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Dr Layli Rakhsha, Community Education
Layli Rakhsha is our community education consultant running professional development and workshops for community and outreach groups.
Layli is an artist, academic and with arts teaching as a sessional lecturer at Curtin College. Her experience includes translating documents from English to Farsi, working as an interpreter and teaching art to selected primary classes. She was temporary assistant to the Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia Dr Stefano Carboni for his foundation members’ tour to Iran, arranging studio visits, viewing the private galleries collections and organising cultural visits.
Layli has extensive Visual Arts training, experience as a practitioner, and is published writer. Her PhD thesis is Diaspora and home: contextualizing the idea of home in Australian contemporary art as visualised by selected Iranian artists. She is currently researching and writing on the topic of Artists Organizations and Community. With an extensive exhibition repertoire, Layli most recently completed a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Natasha Williams (Armada), Accounts