Artistic Director | Jeff Khan
Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and site-specific and socially-engaged practices. From 2006–2010 Jeff was Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival, overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 Next Wave Festival: CLOSER TOGETHER and the 2010 Next Wave Festival: NO RISK TOO GREAT, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program. Jeff was Guest Curator of NEW12 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and of Primavera 09 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2009). His recent curatorial projects for Performance Space include Sarah-Jane Norman’s solo project Unsettling Suite (2013), the SEXES festival, co-curated with Bec Dean and Deborah Kelly (2012), and Local Positioning Systems at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, co-curated with Bec Dean (2012). Previously, Jeff has held roles at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and John Curtin Gallery (Perth), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). As a writer, Jeff has contributed texts to numerous exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects including essays for the Art Gallery of NSW, Art&Australia, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, and many others.
General Manager | Vanessa Lloyd
Vanessa has worked across government and the private arts sector; most recently managing Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney, one of the premier commercial galleries in Australia. Before this she worked at the Australia Council with roles in arts administration, applicant relations and grants management. Working with the then Visual Arts Board to facilitate grants she worked closely with key organisations both here and internationally to present Australian artists’ work.
Vanessa has a strong understanding of the visual and experimental arts and holds a Visual Arts and Sociology (hons) degree from the University of Wollongong.
Program Manager | Tulleah Pearce
Tulleah is a curator and producer with an interest in interdisciplinary and experimental artistic practices, as well as work that happens outside traditional art spaces. She has worked extensively with emerging artists and artforms across many independent roles; as a director of artist-run initiative Firstdraft, as a director of Critical Animals creative research symposium for This is Not Art festival and managing the 2016 SafARI writing program Explorer. She has worked on multiple new commissions by Australian artists, has managed international tours and is on the programming committee for Underbelly Arts Festival. Tulleah is an alumni of UNSW Art and Design with dual degrees in Art History and Theory, and Social Science and Policy. Prior to joining Performance Space in 2012 she worked primarily within the visual arts, holding positions at Blacktown Arts Centre, Darren Knight Gallery and the Laverty Collection.
Production Manager | Tim Lathouris
Tim is an all-round event production expert who has worked with many of Australia’s best up and coming performance and installation artists. As production manager of Underbelly Arts festival in 2015, as an install co-ordinator at the Bienalle of Sydney 2016, Senior technician and trainer for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Organisation, technical manager for Mona Foma’s amazing Faux Mo pop-up night club and now as Production Manager of Performance Space, Tim continues to develop his skills and reputation as someone who can do just about anything within the event production and performance world.
He has also worked/volunteerd extensively as and Audio, Lighting and Stage designer/curator for festival and event Spaces with his own company Grounded Sound. Having gained huge respect from many of Sydney’s and NSW’s party animals for being able to provide an awe-inspiring audio visual party experience.
Formal qualifications include a Masters of Audio and Acoustics from the University of Sydney, a riggers ticket and a licence to drive most of what you are likely to find on an event/festival site.
Program Coordinator | Katie Winten
Katie Winten is the co-founder of Women in the Arts, a Sydney-based organisation addressing gender inequality and exclusionary practices in the Australian arts landscape. She is a current Director at Firstdraft Gallery, an Artist Run Initiative based in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. She is also the co-founder and presenter of Agenda on FBi Radio, a weekly talk show covering art, politics, news and trash from a feminist perspective. She has worked with Australian Design Centre, Verge Gallery, Vivid Ideas, Queer Screen and Frontyard Projects to create space for accessible conversations about gender, feminism, and diversity in the arts. Katie has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, Museum of Contemporary Art and White Rabbit Gallery, and completed her Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design in 2015.
Finance Officer | Rhanda Mansour
Rhanda joined Performance Space in 2008 as Finance Officer, beginning her involvement with the arts community. Prior to this she had worked in the private sector in accounting and taxation for over ten years and continues to do so. Rhanda graduated with a business degree from the University of Technology, with a major in Accounting and sub-major in Small Business. She is also a Certified Practicing Accountant.