An independent not-for-profit artist-run initiative (ARI) based in the heart of inner-city Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, Blindside is a major contributor to the vibrant arts ecology of the city.
A leading platform for new and critical dialogue, Blindside supports artists and their development, championing creative risk and artistic autonomy. Blindside collaborates with a range of artists, curators and arts organisations to support experimental, dynamic and interdisciplinary practice. Connecting and activating digital audiences and artistic communities and public space, Blindside’s strategic direction is managed by a voluntary board of dedicated arts professionals.
Pivotal to Blindside’s success has been our location in one of Melbourne’s iconic creative spaces – the Nicholas Building.
In 2004 Renai Grace, Pip Haydon, Simon Koger and Christine Morrow founded Blindside with the objective to make space for local and interstate artists, writers and curators to engage in critical dialogue and creative exchange. Since then, Blindside has consistently expanded with new initiatives, projects and collaborations, to shape the professional development of many artists, writers and curators locally, nationally and internationally.
The annual proposal-based program and Blindside-led project series offer artists, writers and curators vital support and opportunity at critical junctures in their creative and professional practices. Our community is diverse and always growing. The annual program delivers a diverse offering of online and in-gallery exhibitions, events, performances, public programs, education and professional development programs, and mentorships to broad audiences.
Blindside’s growth and artistic direction has been shaped by the collective enthusiasm and expertise of voluntary Artistic Directors, Board, Associate and Advisory members.
Longstanding annual platforms and more recent Blindside initiatives include Debut (since 2005); The B-SIDE / Curtain Call (2007-2016); Screen Series (since 2010); Sound Series (since 2009); Summer Studio (since 2011); Showstoppers/ Blindside Live (2011-2015); Blindside Festival (2012, 2014, 2016); PLAY + PLAY II (2014-2017); (Emerging Curator Mentorship (since 2017); Regional Art + Research Residency (since 2017); First Nations Project (since 2018); Satellite (since 2018); and Mobile (since 2021).
Continued support enables Blindside to offer exhibition space free of charge, extending Blindside’s support to creative practitioners and consolidating our position as an artistic and educational hub.
Karl Halliday (Executive) Chair 2021-, Grants Coordinator 2020-21, Vice Chair 2021
Olivia Hutchinson (Executive) Treasurer 2021-, Vice Treasurer 2019-20
Bethany O'Connor (Executive) Secretary 2021-
Lachlan Shields (Executive) Grants Coordinator 2021-
Chantelle Mitchell, Public Programs Coordinator 2021-, Secretary 2020
Brittany Barnes, Fundraising Coordinator 2020-
Siobhan Sloper, Media Coordinator 2019-
Lauren Zoric, Marketing Coordinator 2021-
Josephine Mead, Chair of the Artistic Directors 2020-Present
Lucie McIntosh, Artistic Director 2015-17, Coordinator 2015-17, Vice Chair 2016-17, Grants Chair 2017-19, Member 2014-Present
Martina Copley, Artistic Director 2019-Present, Gallery Coordinator 2013-Present
James Carey, Artistic Director 2018-Present
Bridie Lunney, Artistic Director 2017-Present, Advisor 2017-Present
Sanja Pahoki, Artistic Director 2018-Present
Jake Treacy, Artistic Director 2018-Present
Priya Namana, Artistic Director 2020-Present
Sebastian Kainey, Graphic Designer 2020-
Georgia Cheesman, Sponsorship Coordinator 2021-
Martina Copley, Gallery Coordinator 2013-Present, Artistic Director 2018-Present
Josephine Mead, Gallery Assistant 2021-Present
Nick James Archer, Photographer 2019-Present
Kiah Pullens, Gallery Technician 2021-Present
Jacqueline Matisse, Gallery Intern 2021
Sarah Lowres, Gallery Intern 2021
Laura Roberton, Gallery Intern 2020-Present
Georgia Polichroniadis, Gallery Intern 2020-Present
Karima Sulaiman, Public Programs Intern 2021-Present
Ish Koodah, Public Programs Intern 2021-Present
Blindside thanks previous Gallery interns; Laura Roberton, Julia Flaster, Chloe Gleeson, Elly-Louise Tyquin, Chloe Herbert-Smith, Jenna Rain Warwick, Siena Di Domenico, Lou Fourie, Monica Do, Rachael Paintin, Yuting Liu, Tess Diaz, Gracie Vincenzi, Henry Law, Alex Walker, Callum Jackson, Timmi Tsapaliaris, Brigid Hansen, Amy Stead.
Thanks to previous Photography interns; Roberta Govoni, Talia Carroll, Nina Prendergast, Rubie Bridie, Lou Fourie, Ellie Bracci, Guy Grabowski and Nick James Archer.
Blindside thanks current volunteers; Anna Grace Smith, Alex Langsam, David Paicu, Dom Viggiani, Matt Siddal, Gemma Gale, Gemma Keeffe, Joyce Schmiedel, Kat Campbell, Sarah Dart, Georgia Polichroniadis, Jacquelin Tsui, Nicole Soulsby, Erica Wrigley, Sarah Lammardo, Florencia Sanchez, Shao Hui Kwok, Laura Roberton, Isabella Thornton, Alisha Abate, Evangeline Clark, Tess Diaz, Monica Do, Lou Fourie, Henry Law, Matt Pelaggi and Jenna Rain Warwick for their assistance with gallery invigilation, archive management, projects, events & education programs.
Elly-Louise Tyquin, (Executive) Secretary 2021, Chloé Hazelwood (Executive) Chair 2020-21, Curator 2020-21, Secretary 2019, Lucie McIntosh (Chair 2017-19, Artistic Director 2017-21, Curator 2015-21, Vice Chair 2016-17, Grants Coordinator 2015-17, Member 2014-21), Salar Niknafs (Marketing Coordinator 2019-21); Josephine Briginshaw (Executive Member 2019-20), Jasmin McNeill (Member 2018-20), Nikos Pantazopoulos (Advisor 2019-20), Hana Vasak (Member 2016-20), Jonathan Homsey (Executive Member 2018-19), Jessica Curry (Executive Member 2017-19), Rachael Paintin (Member 2017-19), Elizabeth McInnes (Member 2019), Eliza Tiernan (Member 2017-19), Tyson Campbell (Member 2019), Ian Macwhirter (Member 2014, Executive Member 2015-19), Verity Hayward (Member 2014-17, Chair 2015-17, Advisor 2017-18), Xanthe Dobbie (Member 2013-15, Advisor 2016-18), Carly Richardson (Member 2017-19), Lili Belle Birchall (Executive Member 2016-18), David Thomas(Advisor 2014-17), Leslie Eastman (Advisor 2014-17), Arvind Vasan (Member 2015-17), Philippa Brumby (Member 2016-17), Brigid Hansen (Associate Member 2017), Tiarney Miekus (Associate Member 2017), Kali Michailidis (Member 2014-17); Andrew Tetzlaff (Member 2008-15, Chair 2010-15, Advisor 2015-17); Claire Anna Watson (Member 2010-15, Chair 2012-15, Advisor 2016-17) Lisa Mansfield (Member 2015-17); Charity Bramwell (Member 2015-16); Bianca Tainsh (Member 2015-16); Daen Kelly (Member 2015-16); Claire Mooney (Associate Member 2015-16); Caitlin Patane (Member 2016); Kate Ellis (Member 2014-15); Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison (Advisors 2014-15); Natalie Kazakis (Advisor 2010-16, Member 2007-09); Raymonda Rajkowski (Executive Member 2012-14); Robert Heather (Member 2006-09, Advisor 2010-15); Paul Kooperman (Member 2015); Shae Nagorcka (Member 2010-14); Felicity Strong (Member 2012-14); Apryl Morden (Member 2013-14); Daine Singer (Member 2006-09, Advisor 2010-13); Blaine Cooper (Member 2011-13); Elise Murphy (Member 2010-13); Jessica O’Brien (Member 2013); Adele Macer (Member 2010-12); Natalya Maller (Member 2008-12, Secretary 2010-11); Julian White (Member 2007-11); Julietta Park (Advisor 2010-11, Member 2009); Drew Pettifer (Advisor 2010-11, Member 2008-09); Jared Davis (Member 2009-10); Hanna Tai (Member 2010); Melanie Upton (Member 2009); Holly Arden (Member 2008-09); Natalie Kazakis (Member 2007-09, Advisor 2007-present); Linda Good (Member 2006-08); Marion Piper (Member 2006-08); Joanna Collyvas (Member 2007); Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury (Member 2007); Jessie Borrelle (Member 2005-07); Olivia Poloni (Member 2006-07); Chris Howlett (Member 2006); Rosie Mahoney (Member 2004-06); Asim Memishi (Member 2004-05); Simon Koger (Founder 2004, Member 2004-07); Renai Grace (Founder 2004, Member 2004-06); Christine Morrow (Founder 2004, Member 2004-06); Pip Haydon (Founder 2004, Member 2004-06).