ARTISTIC Director – Jonathan Parsons has over twenty years of experience working in arts and culture in Australia and internationally. In 2013 and 2015 he was the Creative Director of Robotronica, an event held by the QUT Science and Technology Centre featuring the latest in robotics. 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 extensive arts administration and management experience working for a range of festivals, cultural institutions and performing arts companies. 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.
Operations Manager – Susan Kukucka 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.
Exhibition Manager and Program Producer – NICKY PASTORE has eight years experience as a Creative Producer, and has immersed herself in numerous creative projects and initiatives. These roles have served as a springboard to develop her networks in Melbourne and sharpen her organisational skills in various aspects of artistic programming, project management and event promotion. During this time she has had the opportunity to work within a variety of exceptional organisations including Footscray Community Arts Centre, 100 Story Building, Arts Access Victoria and film studio Oh Yeah Wow as well as event-based projects at local councils such as Brimbank Council, City of Port Phillip Council and Yarra City Council.
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 since 2014, she has been responsible for managing the delivery and programming of a highly successful public art event and implementing key strategies to ensure the ongoing growth of the video-arts industry.
Office & Accounts – Manager Jo Cumbrae-Stewart 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.
office volunteer – vera schomers-macalpine has been volunteering in the Experimenta office since 2007, and is our longest-serving volunteer.
Vera’s long-term commitment to a career supporting wellbeing in the community has seen her fulfil a diverse range of professional roles. She has worked as a natural health consultant for over 24 years, treating clients from the earliest stages of life, to those in their elderly years. She served as a social worker in a mens’ prison in her native Germany before coordinating a children’s neighbourhood centre in Sydney, and was the State Sales and Marketing Manager for Homyped in Victoria and Tasmania for five years.
Volunteers and interns – Experimenta often has project-based work for volunteers, and can offer structured internships from time-to-time. Please contact us to enquire about volunteer work or internship opportunities.