Meet our team
Jonathan Parsons has over twenty five years of experience working as a curator, artistic director and creative producer in Australia and internationally. He initiated and was the Creative Director of Robotronica (2013 – 2019), a biennial festival of robotics and interactive design at QUT in Brisbane. He was the Director of ISEA2013 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) an international festival of art, technology and ideas in partnership with Vivid Sydney.
He has artistically led and collaborated on a broad range of cultural programs and events across all art forms including for the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Riverfestival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Pacific Wave Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Awesome Festival and the London International Festival of Theatre.
Susan brings fifteen years of arts management experience to Experimenta, with a focus on producing public programs and events, research, and policy development. Before joining Experimenta she managed the State Library of Queensland’s events and public engagement programs for a number of years. Throughout Susan’s career there has been a strong thread of digital media and technology-driven arts practice, from producing video games exhibitions to increasing audience access through online and digital technologies.
Susan started her career as co-founder of Queensland’s largest festival for independent and emerging artists, Straight Out of Brisbane (2002-04), and has served on committees and boards with Youth Arts Queensland, Arc Biennial, and 2High Festival. Susan has held arts research and sessional teaching positions at Griffith University, worked in cultural policy development at Brisbane City Council, and was the recipient of an Asialink arts management residency to work with the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in China.
Nicky has ten years experience as a Creative Producer, and has immersed herself in numerous creative projects and initiatives. Through her work with Experimenta, she has lead the presentation of their flagship Triennial exhibition, developing complex exhibition design and dynamic audience engagement opportunities for regional galleries across Australia.
Across all aspects of her work, Nicky fosters a strong connection for artist-engaged practice and strives to create inclusive pathways for artistic development. Through her role as Festival Director of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (2014-2018), she was responsible for managing the delivery and programming of a highly successful public art event, developing an artist mentorship program and implementing key strategies to ensure the ongoing growth of the video-arts industry.
Lubi Thomas is an experienced curator working in the field of digital/new media arts and associate practice areas. In the past decade, she has developed and delivered an extensive range of exhibitions, projects, festivals, events, residencies and mentoring programs, as well as, public and education focused programming. Site-responsiveness is a key element in her practice, working closely with artists, creative technologist, and their collaborators to produce works and cultural experiences for a variety of audiences. Lubi’s master’s Curating in Uncharted Territories proposes a methodology for cultural programming development and sustainability for sites engaged in the display of, and engagement with, experimental creative practice.
Lubi takes a networked and site-responsive approach to programme structures, audience engagement, and partnership development. She has developed cultural programming frameworks for The Cube Brisbane, Creative Industries Precinct QUT, and Qld State Library. Lubi has developed key partnerships with LEGO Education, Ars Electronica, FACT Liverpool, EMARE, and the Australia Council for the Arts to support these programming sites. Lubi wears many hats with her key activities being as an Independent Curator and Artist, Experimenta’s Curator @ Large and curatorial advisor to Digital Placemaking Institute. Lubi works and consults locally, nationally and internationally.
Jessica Clark is a proud Palawa woman with English, Irish, Turkish, and French ancestry, currently living and working between Melbourne and Adelaide. She is a curator, arts manager, and writer with an independent practice that is driven by her distinct passion for sharing knowledge and cross-cultural engagement. Her curatorial projects have focused on promoting new dialogues, challenging preconceived ideas/ideals, and exploring the transformative and performative nature of art and contemporary curatorial practice.
Recent exhibitions include All of us (2018) at Blindside Gallery; standing still: looking back, looking forward (2018) at Incinerator Gallery; and Tell for the Sydney Festival (2018) and Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2017). Her writing portfolio is diverse and has been published through platforms such as Art Collector, Photofile, and Catalyst Magazine. As well as her role curating VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN, she is also curating RMIT University’s large-scale public art commission, Wurrunggi Biik – Law of the Land (2019). Jessica is alumna of UNSW College of Fine Art, Australian Catholic University and RMIT University, having completed a Bachelor in Art Theory, postgraduate studies in Visual Art Education, and a Master of Arts Management respectively.
Erin Milne is an independent producer whose practice, Bureau of Works, fosters contemporary and experimental performance in Australia and around the world. Erin has extensive experience as a producer of live performance and interdisciplinary projects, spanning theatre, dance, installation, music, new media and visual art.
The company focuses on creating strategic opportunities for artists, supporting the creation of new work and exploratory form, and developing contexts that foster risk-taking and ambition.
Erin is a sought-after collaborator with some of Australia’s most distinctive and ambitious artists, including: one step at a time like this, All the Queen’s Men, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Ridiculusmus, Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Gold Satino, Lz Dunn, Michaela Gleave, Anna Tregloan, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Too Close to the Sun, Alice Will Caroline, Lara Tumak and Chris Kohn & Collaborators.
Erin has recently been appointed Program Associate – Performance for Experimenta Media Arts, and acts as a Consulting Producer to Punctum Live Arts Inc and other organisations on an ad-hoc basis. She is currently Chair of Elbow Room Theatre and a Board Member of Chamber Made. Website: https://bureauofworks.com.au/
Jo commenced her accounting career with Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants (E&Y), after completing a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Melbourne.
After leaving E&Y to travel, Jo returned to Melbourne and worked in financial positions with a number of advertising agencies including George Patterson Bates. Jo then took up a role as Business and Finance Manager with art gallery and consultancy, Australian Art Resources (AAR). After returning from maternity leave, Jo managed AAR’s art rental business, The Art Trust, before joining the Experimenta team in 2006.
Zara has over six years of experience as a freelance arts writer and curator, and four years of experience working in the contemporary commercial galley sector. She was awarded a place in the Next Wave Kickstart Helix programme 2017 for which she presented a group exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary in 2018. She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, and is currently Associate Gallery Manager at Neon Parc. Her experience encompasses working with and fostering artists, including commissioning new work. She has edited and written for print and online publications across New Zealand and Australia including Art Guide Australia, un Magazine and Artlink.