Ashleigh Whatling, Curator of Visual Art and Design, QVMAG Launceston
Ashleigh’s role at QVMAG is Curator of Visual Art and Design, a collection which includes ceramics, textiles, furniture, works on paper and paintings. She also manages the Art Gallery’s exhibition schedule, which showcases both permanent displays of works from the collection as well as changing exhibitions of contemporary, colonial and 20th century works of art. After joining QVMAG in mid-2017, Ashleigh has curated several solo and group exhibitions and installed a contemporary Australian gallery as well as a permanent display of the Wong Collection of Chinese art and artefacts. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition with Josh Foley, reinvigorating permanent displays of QVMAG’s collection at Royal Park, and in 2019, embarking on QVMAG’s first comprehensive audit of the collection. Ashleigh graduated from University of Adelaide with a Double Masters (Art History) and (Museum and Curatorial Studies) in 2011. She then worked as a Curatorial Assistant at Samstag Museum of Art for five years. At Samstag Museum she was responsible for managing the University of South Australia Art Collection and curating permanent installations across the University’s five Adelaide Campuses. Ashleigh was a board member for Sawtooth ARI 2018-2019 and is currently a member of the Contemporary Art Tasmania Touring Committee.
Jonathan Holmes, Emeritus Professor/Honorary Fellow, University of Tasmania
Jonathan studied at Monash University and the University of Tasmania. He was appointed to the Tasmanian School of Art at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education in 1973 and remained a member of staff when the School became a faculty of the University of Tasmania. He taught art history and theory at the School of Art for 35 years until his retirement in 2012. He continues to supervise PhD and Masters by research candidates and has been involved in the successful supervision of over thirty-five candidates since 1994.
He was a member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council from 1978 through to 1982 and was a Trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 1990 until the end of 1993. Before his retirement, Jonathan had been Deputy Head of the Tasmanian School of Art for several terms and he served as Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning with the Faculty of Arts, UTAS for five years from 2005. In 2010 he was appointed as Discipline Scholar in Creative and Performing Arts with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Seán Kelly, Independent Curator and Founding Editor, Contemporary Art Tasmania
Seán Kelly is an independent curator and arts writer. He has an extensive career in the visual arts – both in Tasmania and Ireland.
He is a past Director of CAST (CAT), Past President of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia, Program Manager of the National Sculpture Factory in Ireland and Arts Officer at the Moonah Arts Centre.
He has served on the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board as well as the Board of the South Hobart Living Arts Centre and numerous Arts Committees such as the GASP Advisory Committee, South Australian Gallery Committee and GASP Curatorial Committee. He has also served on many Artwork Judging Panels such as Sculpture by the Sea, The Glover Prize as well as the Tasmanian Architects Awards Jury.
Seán was founding Editor of the journal ‘Contemporary Art Tasmania’ and currently writes for ‘Artlink Australia’.