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2023/24 Grants Assessment Panel

Comprising a mix of 12 arts industry experts and current donors who are tasked with the responsibility of shortlisting our grant applications

about us

2023/24 Grants Assessment Panel

Comprising a mix of 12 arts industry experts and current donors who are tasked with the responsibility of shortlisting our grant applications

Marcus Canning AM

Marcus Canning is the creator behind a wide range of high impact art and cultural initiatives including some of the most well-known public art works, festivals and venues in Western Australian including Fremantle’s monumental ‘Containbow’ entry statement sculpture, St. Georges Cathedral’s ‘Ascalon’ sculpture, the Fringe World Festival, Rooftop Movies, Girls School, The Bakery, Breadbox Gallery, Jacksue Gallery and The Rechabite. A previous Chair of the federal Festivals Australia Board and member of the Australia Council’s New Media Arts Board, Canning was awarded the Western Australian of the Year in the Arts and Culture category in 2017, City of Perth Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021 for contribution to the cultural life of Perth.

Monica Kane

Monica is a dedicated arts leader committed to change and positive impact. She is currently Chair of The Blue Room Theatre. Through her business, Creative Impact Consultancy, Monica supports non-profit organisations to find practical solutions in areas such as ethical partnerships, strategy, social impact, governance, and leadership. Her collaborative spirit extends across diverse sectors, with a special focus on education, arts, culture, disability, and First Nations rights. Having completed her Masters in Human in Rights in 2020, she aligns her work at the intersection of arts, culture and human rights.

Randal Humich

Randal Humich is a property investor and developer who runs a family office based in Fremantle. His work has led him to be a supporter of the arts and he believes that arts and culture are the key to reviving the City. He currently holds positions on a number of boards including the Centre for Stories, AGWA Foundation and the Perth International Jazz Festival. Randal also provides advice and support to other non-profit organisations.

Leonie Baldock

Leonie has been a keen art sponsor for over a decade, most notably of the Cossack Art Awards and The Lester Prize, and is also a Founding Donor of Arts Impact WA. She believes that all creative people are an integral part of our society and that everyone benefits from seeing their visions come to life.  For Leonie, the arts industry is a critical ingredient in a community that is inclusive and progressive, as it connects people with diverse backgrounds and interests.  Leonie also recognises the benefits to the artists that comes from their creative expression and sees Arts Impact WA as a vital avenue for them to flourish in Western Australia.

Tim Ungar

Tim has an extensive background as a senior executive in the telecommunications and technology industries in WA. On top of being Chairman of TSA Group a national sales, marketing and operations company, Tim, a long term supporter of the cultural and arts sector in WA, was Chairman of the Board of Perth Festival until this year and was the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the WA Museum. Along with his family, he is a director of the charitable trust, the Ungar Family Foundation.

Harriet Marshall

Harriet Marshall is the Artistic Director of Freeze Frame Opera, established in 2016, and a criminal lawyer for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Perth. In 2020 Harriet was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in establishing FFO, creating opportunities for local professional artists and introducing new audiences to opera.  A WAAPA graduate, Harriet has performed numerous principal roles for Opera Australia, WA Opera and Freeze Frame.

Tania Hudson

Tania Hudson is the Deputy Chair of the Board of FORM - Building a State of Creativity. She is a highly experienced communications, stakeholder engagement and governance professional with a career spanning industries and sectors including media, banking, mining, philanthropy, and health and medical research. An established senior executive, Tania is also a registered workplace mediator, facilitator and author who runs her own consultancy.

Hannah Matthews

Hannah Mathews is Director/CEO of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Over the last twenty years she has held key curatorial positions at Monash University Museum of Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Next Wave, The South Project and the Biennale of Sydney. Hannah graduated with a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and has completed curatorial residencies in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Venice. She is a published author and has also taught in curatorial programs at Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT University, Melbourne and has held various board positions.

Gemma Pepper

Gemma is a creative producer with 20 years’ experience working across theatre, festivals and new media. Gemma has a long history producing theatre and events in Australia, working for companies including Marrugeku, Stalker, Erth, Sydney Dance Company, the Enlighten Festival (Canberra), Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Gemma has been Producer for Side Pony Productions since 2009 and is currently leading the charge at Audioplay, creating immersive audio experiences for kids in the creative tech space. Gemma is passionate about sustainability and great experiences audiences.

Catherine Henwood

Catherine is the current CEO with Perth Symphony, WA’s fun, fresh and fearless orchestra. She has dedicated a large part of her life to the elevation of arts and culture in both the US and Australia. Catherine graduated with Honours in Piano Performance and Commerce and is an experienced performer, businesswoman, fundraiser and arts administrator. Catherine is passionate about the role art can play in bringing communities together and enriching lives. She has held senior arts leadership roles with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony and WA Ballet and is excited to be a part of ARTS Impact WA 2024.

Grace Lam

Grace Lam is one of Asia’s most prominent editors, stylists and creative consultants, with over 26 years of experience working in the publishing industry in Europe and Asia.  She has worked with iconic British publication i-D magazine and assisted Edward Enninful OBE.  Grace was instrumental in launching Vogue China in Shanghai in 2005 where for a decade her role as the Senior Fashion Style Editor saw her producing editorial content and events with global talent such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Mario Testino and Hugh Grant.  Her work has appeared in renowned publications including VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Japan, VOGUE Australia, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Architectural Digest and Tatler. She is a Board Member at Revelation Film Festival Perth and is an advocate for dialogue around menopause. She is always pushing creative boundaries to help bring WA to the world stage.

Carolyn Karnovsky

As Founding Director of Artify, Carolyn Karnovsky brings two decades experience working in Australia’s arts and cultural sector, connecting clients with creatives, and creatives with new opportunities. Carolyn is a creative strategist, facilitator and collaborator, specialising in client visioning, curation, art masterplanning, project management and the development of strategies for community engagement and professional development. Over the course of Carolyn’s career she has worked with some of the country’s leading arts organisations including Perth-based not for profit cultural organisation FORM (2008-2016) and UAP, a global company specialising in the curation, design and construction of large-scale artworks for the public realm (2016-2020).