Margaret Teusner, Chair
Margaret is a visual artist and educator, with many years’ experience working in the arts. Commencing in the 70's as a painter and ceramicist, she has explored many art forms. Her family heritage in the arts and her lifetime of engagement are what formed her identity. Margaret understands the importance that belonging to an artistic community has in shaping and affirming the identity of artists.
Having exhibited around Australia, currently her arts practice explores alternative online spaces (including outer space!). These exhibitions focus on democratised and collaborative, dialogic and material, transnational projects with creative strangers.
After over a decade in Visual Arts education, in her current role as a project coordinator in Curriculum Transformation, at the Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence Centre at Curtin University, Margaret implements curriculum change and provides training to academics in teaching excellence. Her research interests are in Arts leadership, arts professional development and developing policy for improved outcomes for artists and community. In 2019, she prepared a professional development positional and philosophical statement for Artsource.
Margaret's connection with Artsource began in the mid 1990’s when she was employed by the Artists Foundation of WA (AFWA) as a Project Coordinator, to establish the Art in Public Places Program. She compiled the winning tender for the program and established the Artist Employment Agency that was named Artsource: The Artists Agency of WA. Later in 2004 after the success of the project, AFWA rebranded to become Artsource.
Margaret is interested in creating opportunities for artists by engaging in dialogue and advocacy to bring about social change to improve the working lives of artists and ultimately, the community.
A member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, Margaret was elected to the board in August 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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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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