Our staff

David Broker

Director
david (at) ccas.com.au

David was Administrator and co-editor of Broadsheet magazine at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, and Deputy Director of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art from 1996-2006. Having completed a Bachelor’s Degree Visual Arts majoring in Photography and Film at the University of South Australia, David developed a parallel career as an arts journalist. His articles and reviews have been regularly published in periodicals such as Artlink, Art Monthly, Broadsheet, Eyeline and Photofile. He has also contributed to numerous books including Shoosh! A History of the Campfire Group , (IMA Brisbane 2005) and The Thrill of it All, Karin Hanssen, (MER Paper Kunsthalle, Antwerp 2010). For many years David also produced and presented arts radio shows on 4ZZZ in Brisbane and 5UV in Adelaide. David has curated and managed varied exhibition projects including, Beauty 2000 at the IMA in 1998, Primavera 2002 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the IMA/Ssamzie Space International Residency Exchange in Brisbane and Seoul in 2004,QPACifika, (with Professor Pat Hoffie) Griffith University 2005 and in 2008, Streetworks an exhibition of work by Shaun Gladwell and Craig Walsh toured by Asialink to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. More recently he contributed to the Centenary of Canberra (1913-2013) with Science Fiction: Monster and Kynic, Erica Seccombe and Benjamin Forster, two exhibitions that explore notions scientific reality and mutations within popular consciousness and media. In 2017 he worked with the Photomedia Faculties at Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University and The University of South Australia School of Art Architecture and Design on Parallel Latitudes an exhibition that explored the impact of divergent political administrations on contemporary art in Queensland and South Australia since the 1970s. At the ANU School of Art and Design Gallery in 2018 David curated Tulisi an exhibition by Wellington based artist Christopher Ulutupu focusing on issues affecting New Zealanders of Samoan descent as well as heart-in-hand by Brenda Croft and Does she know the revolution is coming? by Amala Groom during NAIDOC week.

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Alexander Boynes

Curator, Program Manager
alexander (at) ccas.com.au

Alexander Boynes is an Artist, Curator, and Program Manager at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. He received his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the ANU in Gold and Silversmithing; however, his practice has evolved to include painting, photography, print media, light-based work and video installation. He is represented in the collections of the Centre for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art (USA), Artbank Australia (VIC), the ACT Legislative Assembly (ACT), the University of Canberra (ACT), the Macquarie Group Collection (NSW) as well as numerous private collections throughout Australia and in London. His recent curatorial projects include Straight Outta Canberra (MAY▲SPACE, Sydney, 2018), and Blaze Twelve 2018 (CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, 2018). Previous exhibitions at CCAS include 2°— Art and Climate Change, 2016; Footy Fever, 2015, Blaze Nine, 2015, Action Stations—Peter Maloney and Louise Paramor, 2014, and The Triangle – Political Art in Canberra, 2013 in addition to co-curating numerous projects. In 2013 Boynes established PRAXIS,a multidisciplinary art collective with choreographer/dancer Laura Boynes, and cellist/composer Tristen Parr to explore the link between visual art, performance, and sound. Their most recent work Dark Matter was presented at the State Theatre of Western Australia in 2016. He has also produced a series of major collaborative painting, moving image and sound works with Tristen Parr and visual artist Mandy Martin. These urgent politically charged works reflect on the loss of the Australian landscape in the drive to extract what is beneath it by the fossil fuel industry; land that before anything else is held in the custody of Traditional Indigenous owners. This merging of landscape and industry speaks of our failure to invest in a renewable future, as coal, oil and gas extraction dominate the power industry. In recent years Boynes was involved in the Arnhembrand project, which aimed to raise awareness of the work undertaken in the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area, Northern Territory, to preserve the unique cultural and ecological environment by promoting healthy country and communities through art, science and stories. In 2018 Boynes exhibited at Sydney Contemporary international art fair, and held solo exhibitions at Beaver Galleries, Canberra and MAY▲SPACE Sydney.

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Dan Toua

Gallery Manager
info (at) ccas.com.au

Dan completed a Graduate Diploma of Art History (2015) and Master of Curatorship (2016) at The University of Melbourne, with an accompanying thesis exploring the curation of art and art objects from the Pacific Region (focusing on techniques utilised by the National Gallery of Australia and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), She was a founding member of the Art History Students Society at The University of Melbourne and gained a great deal of experience volunteering at Melbourne based art spaces Blindside, Westspace, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and The Grainger Museum, as well as interning at Tristian Koenig. Dan was a regular contributor for the .JPG journal, and her writing was included in By all Mens curated by Chiara Scafidi at The George Paton Gallery in 2017. In the same year with Hanann Al Daqqa and Kat Kohler, Danielle co-curated We are a Sanctuary at Kings Artist Run including artists Lara Chamas, Rio Ponce, Shivanjani Lal and Tal Fitzpatrick. Dan brings over 10 years’ worth of managerial knowledge to CCAS from her previous administrative roles in general practice and specialist centers, biometrics consultancy and at the Australian National University.

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Fay Duffey

Bookkeeper

Fay was Gorman Arts Centre book keeper and receptionist for many years before the current CCAS staff even arrived on the scene. It’s a similar story with her involvement at CCAS and what she doesn’t know about the finances isn’t worth knowing.

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Alex Asch

Installation

Alex Asch was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was involved in University art programs in Los Angeles and New York before moving to Australia and studying art at the Australian National University in 1988. He has provided technical assistance to a number of arts organisations around Canberra, and has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. In 2008, Alex was awarded the Rosalie Gascoigne Award by CAPO in 2009. Alex was a finalist in Bondi's Sculpture by the Sea, and was invited to represent Australia in Sculpture by the Sea in Denmark the same year. In 2013 was invited to take part in Centenary celebrations and exhibited at Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space and ANU Canberra School of Art. He exhibited work at the Inaugural Sydney Art Fair in 2013 and was a finalist in the Blake Prize. Alex's work is in corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and Netherlands as well as Artbank, the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Wesley Art Foundation and Canberra Museum and Gallery and National Australian Gallery. Alex is represented by Beaver Galleries.

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