The Team

Tom Mùller – Artistic Director | Co-Founder
Tom Mùller is a multi-disciplinary artist working across installation, sculpture and a renewed practice of art within the public realm. In 2012 he was appointed Director of Programs at PS Art Space in Fremantle where he continues to develop an expansive program by pushing the boundaries of contemporary practice. He has been the recipient of numerous Australia Council grants and a mid-career fellowship through the Department of Culture and the Arts. In 2010, Big City Press published a major monograph on his work, Tom Mùller, Rhythms in the Chaos spanning ten years of active practice. In 2017, he co-founded and directed the first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale, High Tide 17.

Corine Van Hall – Program Advisor | Co-Founder
Corine van Hall has been a practitioner, project manager and exhibition coordinator. Corine is a member of the WA State Percent for Art Scheme panel and has previously held curatorial and project management positions with the Mark Howlett Foundation, Fremantle Prison and the Art Gallery of WA. She is currently the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Fremantle where she is implementing the City's commitment to commissioning innovative public art.

Katherine Wilkinson – Program Director
Katherine Wilkinson is a Perth-based arts manager and curator, with an interest in socially-engaged, participatory and public art practices. She currently holds the positions of Curator & Project Manager at DADAA Fremantle, Creative Producer for the Perth Festival's upcoming project Five Short Blasts, and is the Curator of Know Thy Neighbour, a series of Perth-based context-responsive art projects presented by International Art Space. Previously she has worked on independent and collaborative projects, and held positions with institutions including; Artsource, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Perth Public Art Foundation, the City of Melville, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Venice Biennale. Katherine holds a BA, Fine Arts Honours from the University of Western Australia (2010).

Claire Montgomery – External Relations
Connecting Government, private enterprise and the arts, Claire uses her advocacy skills to build partnerships and community collaborations. Claire is responsible for co-ordinating communications between key stakeholders, engaging media, creative, web and editorial services to promote the Fremantle Biennale. In between her earlier corporate marketing and financial communications roles, you may have caught Claire hanging with the bison at the Nature Conservancy in Colorado or shooting a classic regatta off sunny Greek islands. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Marketing.

Kate Hulett – Development Manager
Kate Hulett manages creative space activation projects in WA (under the moniker, MANY Projects) - with a focus on repurposing disused spaces into artist studios, large-scale maker workshops and retail propositions - specially targeted at the small, creative business sector. Working closely with Councils, building owners, developers and local communities to deliver positive social outcomes, she is also a member of the Destination Marketing Working Group for the City of Fremantle. Holding a Degree in Psychology, Kate has over a decade experience in the UK working in Public Affairs, stakeholder management and community engagement for blue chip companies and award-winning marketing agencies. Kate also owns the Fremantle concept store, Kate and Abel, runs her own-label hat brand, St Saviours hats, and co-owns the earring company, Pierce, I love you.

Ned Beckley – Contemporary Music Curator
Ned Beckley has a diverse body of work that spans electronic performance and recordings, soundtracks and sound design for film and TV, installation, dance and various multimedia frameworks. His work has been commissioned and published by The Australian Ballet, Warner Music, Netflix, ABC, Sony, National Geographic and Screen Australia. He has studied cinema at Melbourne University and worked at the National Film & Sound Archive. His Past and current work has also involved production and playing live alongside international touring acts such as Jon Hopkins, Pantha Du Prince, Colin Stetson, Nightmares On Wax and Lapalux under the electronic alias Lower Spectrum.

Patrick Beale – Architecture and Landscape Curator
Patrick Beale is the Director of ATC Studio, a practice specializing in engineering timber design, prefabrication, construction and research and the appropriate use of native Australian and plantation timber. Patrick was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at UWA and Director of the ATC Research program and has served on the RAIA Chapter Council and Education Committee. Patrick is a passionate supporter of the appropriate and properly informed use of timber in design and construction at all scales.

Ron Nyisztor – Project Curator
Ron Nyisztor Graduated from WAIT (now Curtin University) in 1979. He has been exhibiting locally, interstate and overseas since 1989 and his paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections. Since 2007, Ron has been the Manager and Director of Nyisztor Studio, an artist-run initiative committed to a program showcasing West Australian artists seeking to develop a wider audience and appreciation for the visual arts in this State.

Dawit Eshete – Communications
Trained as a graphic designer, Dawit Eshete completed his Bachelor of communications and design at RMIT in Melbourne, with further studies at the New School at Parsons in New York city. His combined skill set allow him to be responsive and versatile ranging from photography, front end design, through to innovative and effective communication strategies. He also pursues a career in electronic and progressive music.

Thea Verrall – Finances
Director Black Books bookkeeping & business services.

Delwyn Everard – Legal Advisor

The Fremantle Biennale Inc. Board of Directors

Pete Stone – Chairperson
Pete Stone is currently a producer for the Perth Festival. He was formerly Manager for Arts and Culture at the City of Fremantle and comes from a strong production and performing arts background. Pete has long been a strong advocate for the artistic renewal of the arts and culture in Fremantle.

Ariane Palassis – Deputy Chair
Receiving her Masters in Architecture from The University of Western Australia gave Palassis a broad skill base coupled with an appreciation for materiality and the details of construction. While practising Palassis worked on a wide range of projects, from new residential and commercial developments to conservation works on some of WA's most important heritage sites. These include Fremantle Prison, Sunset Hospital and the Midland Railway Workshops. In developing her own art practice Ariane has continued to follow her architectural interest in the analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old world rituals and the value of family mythologies and cultural traditions have played a large role in her work.

Gladys Demissie – Treasurer
In 1975 at the age of 19, Gladys migrated to Australia as a student and after graduating with a Bachelor of Business and later a Master of Business Administration, had an extensive career for several decades in finance, working mainly with the Australian Tax Office in areas such as auditing, assessing and rulings before retiring in 2013. Gldays is currently Western Australian State President for St Vincent de Paul.

Peter Woodward – Secretary
Peter Woodward is the Director of Landscape Architecture practice Woodward Design based in Fremantle. Throughout his career Peter has been involved in the incorporation of art and public art into built projects. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Lancaster University and his Master of Arts at Sheffield University Faculty of Architectural Studies. Peter sits on the Heritage Council WA Register Committee and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Marcus Holmes – Board Member
Marcus Homes is the Principal of Land Equity Legal who heads up our Native Title and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage team.Since 1992, Marcus has been acting for resources companies, Aboriginal people, pastoralists, property developers, telecommunications companies and other private developers and State and Local Government as an advisor, negotiator and mediator with respect to Native Title and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage protocols and agreements (including Indigenous Land Use Agreements).He has also been involved with the successful conduct of Federal Court, WA Supreme Court and National Native Title Tribunal hearings and has advised on issues relating to Commonwealth and State Native Title and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage law.

Ted Snell – Board Member
Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia. Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts and member of the ARC Advisory Council, Chair of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Chair of University Art Museums Australia. He is currently on the boards of the UQ Art Museum, the WA Churchill Fellowship Regional Committee and ANAT (Australian Network of Art & Technology). He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted Snell is a regular commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and is currently Perth art reviewer for The Australian and writes regularly for The Conversation.

Ian Kortlang (Kort) – Board Member

Kort has provided business leadership, issues management and corporate communications counsel to many of the most high profile CEOs and Boards in Australia over three decades. With a proven track record spanning new business creation, corporate strategy, national and international affairs, Kort has also held CEO roles at some of the largest communications firms in Australia. Kort came to the private sector after a successful career as a political campaign strategist, public sector departmental head, diplomat and army officer. Kort is an accomplished presenter and public speaker and a respected media and political commentator.

Tom Mùller – Board Member (ex-officio)

The Advisory Board

The Fremantle Biennale Advisory Group is instrumental in helping the organisation reach its full potential.

Margaret Moore
Margaret Moore is founder and Director of MOORE CONTEMPORARY, a gallery platform committed to the presentation and promotion of international and local contemporary art practice. Its establishment follows significant public roles that have included Curator and Program Manager: Visual Arts at the Perth International Arts Festival, and curatorial, management and educational positions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Australia. She has contributed to cultural developments and advocacy through numerous board positions, major projects, and published writing. She is current Chair of the Murdoch University Art Collection Board, a member of University of Western Australia Collections Advisory Board, and a former Chair of the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Margaret Moore is a curatorial and collection advisory consultant to select corporate and private collections that includes Woodside Energy and KPMG.

Clothilde Bullen
Clothilde Bullen, a Wardandi (Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman, is Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She was previously Curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, where she worked for over a decade. She has curated a number of shows independently including Darkness on the Edge of Town in 2016 at Artbank, Sydney, and When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2017. She is the coeditor of the black edition of Artlink magazine in 2018 and is a board member on Artmonthly magazine. Clothilde has written and had feature essays in a number of catalogues including Defying Empire, Tarnanthi and Being Tiwi, and been published extensively including in Artlink and Sturgeon. She is an alumni member of the British Council Accelerate Scholarship for Indigenous leadership in the arts.

Leigh Robb

Leigh Robb is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Previously she was the Senior Curator at PICA, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. With over 15 years of experience, Robb's previous roles include Associate Director at Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and she led the Internship and Education programs at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and her Masters in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Leigh Robb is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Adelaide and and is a board member of Art Monthly and Adelaide Central School of Art.