Margaret Teusner, Chair
Coming from a family background of artists and philanthropists, I grew up aspiring to be an artist. Starting in the 70’s, I trained at the Stanley St School of Art in Adelaide, Fremantle TAFE and Curtin University, and held numerous arts roles and exhibitions and won awards. In the mid 90’s my colleagues and I formed an artist marketing collective called Aeon Design Studio and launched our work nationally.
My portfolio career as a painter, ceramicist and 3D designer-maker evolved to become more community focused, and I taught visual arts to young people in schools for over a decade. Attaining a master’s degree in educational leadership, my research interests focused on arts professional development, policy, and critical issues in the arts. I currently work at Curtin University in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and I am a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
In 1995, I was employed by the Artists’ Foundation of WA as a Project Manager, to establish an Artists Employment Agency and to tender for the Art in Public Places Program, a project that we named Artsource: The Artists Agency of WA. This was the beginning of Artsource as we know it today. In 2019, I provided consultancy to Artsource in professional development, and formulated a positional statement, educational philosophy and training modules.
My belief is in the basic goodness of artists and the contribution they make, and in the intrinsic value of the arts to our society. I am passionate about respecting and improving the working lives of visual artists.
Margaret was elected to the board in August 2020 and to the role of Chair in October, 2020.
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Fred Chaney, Deputy Chair
Fred Chaney is an architect and Director of Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick. The work of the practice is guided by Fred’s abiding interest in achieving excellent public and community outcomes, and the creative processes that underpin those objectives.
Fred has delivered award-winning projects in the university sector, training and secondary education, justice, planning and urban design. Fred has taught regularly at architecture schools in Australia including the University of Western Australia, Melbourne University and RMIT University.
He is the Chairman of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre in Perth.
Fred has been a Board member since 2016.
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Debbie Gilchrist, Secretary
Having decided to formally study fine art, I completed a fine art degree at UWA in 2020, my degree having been enhanced by art and art history study in China and Indonesia. I forged a strong relationship in Indonesia with a significant local artist, and have been invited to hold a joint exhibition there once overseas travel is again possible. Interested in pursuing excellence in practice, I have achieved all distinctions and high distinctions in my fine art degree. I possess a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking with a passion for creative art practice with a social change focus.
I bring a unique skill set of artistic and business skills including my experience as a Chartered Accoutant.
Debbie joined as a board member in October, 2020.
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Vincent Allegre, Treasurer
With no specific artistic talent (!), Vincent studied engineering. He has been passionate about the arts and its role in the society all his adult life. Particularly, Vincent is a passionate advocate for increasing artist’s income.
Vincent is a corporate executive in the energy industry having lived and worked on all the continents. He is today the Country Manager of a global Malaysian engineering and construction company representing the group in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
He was born in France, he migrated to Perth in 2003. Vincent became Australian early 2017. His journey has provided him with a formidable experience in leadership and governance including overseeing implementation of agreed strategic initiatives.
Vincent wants to make a difference and contribute to the WA artist community by providing leadership and strategic guidance for Artsource.
Vincent joined as a Board member in August 2018.
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Tim Burns has had long and productive associations with artist-led groups and organisations since 1970. With an experimental practice that has seen his work placed internationally including New York, London, Tokyo, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle. Now based in York, he represents artists that battle through a calling where one will often sacrifice a lot in life to stay true to the rigours of one’s practice.
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 was elected to the Board in August 2020.
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Will Axten is a multimedia artist who has been engaged in activating heritage venues and artefacts through artworks that combine sound, film and theatre and incorporate the venue into the work. He formed the arts collective Genrefonix and is actively involved in engagement and relationship building with Local and State Government stakeholders.
Will believes that his participation on the Board will provide opportunity to share his experiences and learnings of working within these networks with Artsource.
Will was elected to the Board in August 2020.
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Sara Walker is a curator and arts manager living regionally in Mid West WA. Her experience in WA’s visual arts encompasses commercial and public galleries, curation, government, collection management, public art management, not-for-profits, community arts, grant-writing, mentorship, risk management, and artist PD programming. She is a former Artsource staff member and managed and curated both Tjukurba Art Centre in Wiluna and Geraldton Regional Art Gallery in Geraldton.
Sara's interests are to improve representation for a) regional/remote artists and b) young artists under 30. She recognises that it can be challenging for a Perth-based organisation to provide services to regional members, and she would like to leverage her knowledge of state-wide regional organisations, governments, artists and venues to bring professional opportunities to non-metro Artsource members. Sara is also passionate about prioritising Artsource's relevance to newer generations, to better support the exciting work of WA's younger artists and to ensure Artsource's continuation as WA's peak body for all visual artists.
Sara was elected to the Board in August 2020.
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