Alexie Glass-Kantor

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Alexie Glass-Kantor holds two key positions in the visual arts in the region: in Australia she is Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney, a public institution supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators; in Asia she is the Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong, which is the sector dedicated to large-scale installations.

Since 1999 she has been active as a curator working across independent spaces, collecting institutions, museums, biennials and festivals. As curator or co-curator of over two hundred exhibitions, Alexie has worked with international artists across generations to develop collaborative projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Prior to her appointment to Artspace she was Director—Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and in Curatorial at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. In 2005, she lived in Seoul, South Korea where she was the Asialink Curator-in-residence at SSamzie Space.

Recent international projects at Artspace include: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Sovereign Words, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Angelica Mesiti, Relay League, Art Sonje, Seoul, and Kunsthalle Tbilisi, Georgia; We the Peoples, We the Arts an art award bringing together art schools across Pakistan with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swiss Embassy and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC); 52 Artists 52 Actions, a global year-long commissioning project involving artists across Asia in partnership with Instagram and Thames & Hudson; VOLUME Another Art Book Fair with Printed Matter Inc. New York; Helen Johnson, Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London, Chapter Arts Center, Wales, UK and Sydney Festival. In collaboration with Natasha Bullock, Alexie co-curated Parallel Collisions: 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), in 2012.

Since 2015, Alexie has been the chair of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA) and from 2010–2014, she was a director on the board of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). In 2009 and 2011, she was the curatorial advisor to the Art for Science program at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. An advocate for the role of culture in higher education she is currently a member of the Academic Board of the National Art School, Sydney; and Board Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MCAD), De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Manila. She currently serves on the Curatorial Advisory Board for Sydney Contemporary and is on the inaugural council of the Sydney Cultural Network (SCN). She regularly jury’s art award and prizes, alongside a program of participating in public programs and symposiums and delivering lectures across Australia and internationally.