Wouter Van de Voorde grew up in Belgium and has a double master degrees in painting and printmaking from the Ghent Fine Arts Academy. In 2008 Wouter moved to Australia, where he now lives in Canberra with his wife Celia and son Felix. Wouter has been documenting his adopted home country extensively through a variety of film formats and cameras.
To find our more about Wouter and his work, check out this recent interview on American Suburb X
Gabrielle Hall-Lomax is a visual artist living and working in Canberra. She has a keen focus on alternative photographic processes, specifically combining digital photography and painting techniques. Gabrielle is a graduate from RMIT University where she completed an Honours Degree in Fine Art. In 2020 she completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management at The University of Melbourne.
Maddie Hepner is an American-Australian artist working with Photography and Photomedia. Her artistic practice covers topics of personal identity, femininity, and political discourse while utilising a range of photographic mediums such as 35mm and 120 film, video, and chemical sun prints. She is a recent graduate of the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University in 2021 with Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in Photomedia.
Rory Gillen is a Canberra-based photographer and photo-media artist, as well as PhotoAccess’ Studio Officer. He has worked extensively in documentary and event photography, including with organisations such as the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as maintaining a practice exploring the cutting edge of post-digital and networked photographic art. Rory graduated with a BA (Honours) from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2019.
Penelope holds a Master of Liberal Arts (Museums and Collections) from the Australian National University and First Class Honours degrees in Law and Art History (University of Sydney). She has worked at the National Library of Australia and National Museum of Australia and is currently a curator at the National Portrait Gallery. She has previously served on the Board of Megalo Print Studio and Gallery and the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Council in 2019. Penny joined the PhotoAccess Board in July 2019 and became Chair in May 2020.
Sally is an experienced board and committee member and company secretary, with extensive finance and governance experience across a range of private sector, research and NFP organisations. Sally is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sally has operated her financial and governance consulting business for over 20 years, after an initial career in accounting public practice firms. Sally is a keen photographer, and joined the Board in 2022.
Penny works as a Senior Marketing Specialist at ActewAGL, Canberra’s leading energy provider. Originally from India, Penny has lived, studied and worked in the UK. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Manchester Business School and has nearly 11 years of experience in the field. Penny joined the Board in July 2019.
Anne is Curator, Photography, at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). She has produced a large number of exhibitions for the NGA, including Light moves: contemporary Australian video art (curator, 2016), Diane Arbus: American Portraits (curator, 2016), Carol Jerrems: photographic artist (co-curator, 2012) and Colour my world: hand-coloured Australian photography (co-curator, 2015). Anne has also exhibited her own photographs and has a long association with PhotoAccess. She joined the Board in early 2016.
Nat is a freelance curator, researcher and writer, currently developing a major touring exhibition of the work of Australian industrial designer Marc Newson. Nat worked for many years at the National Library of Australia, including until mid-2020 as Treasures Curator. He has produced photography projects featuring Jon Rhodes, Stephen Dupont and Richard Green and has published widely on Australian visual culture. He is currently researching a biography of the collector Sir Rex Nan Kivell. Nat is an experienced arts board member, having contributed to the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Art for Public Spaces, Adelaide and VIVID-National Photography Festival. He joined the Board in 2018.
Virginia is Senior Curator, Visual Arts, at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). Born and educated in Canberra, she has worked in curatorial roles at the Powerhouse Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Scottish Museums and Glasgow Museums. Before joining CMAG, she was Senior Curator at the Gold Coast City Gallery, where she produced and curated a number of photography exhibitions including the nationally recognised Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. With previous governance experience on the Regional Art Development Fund Panel (Queensland) and art+place (Arts Queensland fund for public art), she joined the Board in 2018.
Katrina is a curator, writer and educator who joined the Board in December 2019. Katrina is Associate Professor and Head of Photography and Media Arts at ANU’s School of Art and Design where she also convenes the Computational Culture Lab. Prior to this she was Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University and Senior Curator (Digital Programmes) at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Her research and curatorial practices is broadly engaged with the photographic image in computational culture, its cultural value and circulation.
Meredith is Director of Philanthropy at the National Parks Conservation Trust. She has built a strong career across non-profits and the creative industries, connecting philanthropic, corporate and government partners with the arts. Meredith was formerly Development and Communications Manager at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and has worked for Northern Territory Government, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria. She holds a Master of Arts Management and Diploma of Governance, is a current member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and an alumni of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program.
Adam is Risk and Security Manager at the National Museum of Australia and was previously the Compliance and Risk Manager at the National Portrait Gallery. He holds degrees in security, philosophy and human resources. He recently received the National Emergency Medal for service to others during the 2019-20 bushfires and brings to the Board skills in work health and safety and risk management. Adam is an amateur photographer interested in documenting adventures in wild places. Adam joined the Board in mid- 2021.
Shona Coyne is an Indigenous cultural practitioner currently based at the National Museum of Australia as a Senior Curator and Manager of Repatriation and Community Engagement. Shona’s research focuses on the intersections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous colonial histories and is anchored by her heritage as a Menang/Nyungar woman whose cultural connections also extend to Yamatji Country in Western Australia and the Scottish Highlands. Her recent museum projects include the award- winning exhibitions ‘Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians’ at the National Museum of Australia and ‘Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja at the West Australian Museum. Shona joined the Board in 2021.