FELTspace would like to sincerely thank committee members past and present for their enduring work, ongoing support and advocacy over the years.
Current FELTspace committee:
Bernadette Klavins (Chair/Administrator & Grants Officer)
Bernadette Klavins is an emerging artist working primarily within the field of sculpture. Through her practice, Klavins playfully engages with the potential for sculptural processes to become analogous to geological activity, as she considers the contrasting dimensions of human lifespan and deep time.
In 2016, Klavins graduated from the Adelaide Central School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Art (First Class Honours). During her Honours year, Klavins received a Major Travel Award and a Study Support Grant from the school. She also exhibited at FELTspace Gallery in 2016, and has since shown at Adelaide Central Gallery and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in group exhibitions. Klavins continues to develop her sculptural practice at Floating Goose Studios, whilst also contributing to local arts writing and facilitating youth art workshops. In June 2017, Klavins completed a month-long residency at SIM, The Icelandic Association of Visual Art, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Elise Bonato (Writers Program Coordinator & Web/Design Manager)
Multidisciplinary visual artist, Elise Bonato, is a practitioner of the visual-aural arcane. Her predominantly experimental practice investigates contemporary notions and versions of the sublime and mysticism, through a synthesis of moving image, performance, installation, drawing and painting. Since graduating with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design in 2012, she has exhibited locally in Australia (BCSC—, SEVENTH Gallery, Sawtooth ARI, FELTspace) as well as in the USA (Interstitial Theatre, NARS Foundation). She is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, the American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Helpmann Academy Grant. In recent years she has been awarded residencies in Australia and internationally, including with the New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation (NYC, USA), the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture (VIC, AUS), Adelaide City Council Library (SA, AUS), King’s Bridge Cottage at Cataract Gorge (TAS, AUS), Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australia Living Artists Festival (SA, AUS).
Tamara Baillie (Special Events Co-ordinator)
Tamara Baillie works primarily in sculpture and installation to explore personal and collective narratives around identity and memory. Born to a family of boat makers and fishermen, much of her work is informed by ongoing investigations into the darker parts of her family tree.
Baillie has exhibited at Artspace (NSW), Firstdraft (NSW), Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Town Hall. She was a founding member of onesixteenth, an Adelaide-based contemporary Indigenous visual arts collective and is based at Fontanelle Studios in Bowden SA.
In 2016 she completed both a Master of Visual Arts and a Doctor of Medicine and continues to balance careers in both fields.
Nancy Downes (Budgets Officer)
Nancy Downes is a visual artist who specialises in installation, sculpture and painting. Downes uses tactile materials with light and space to create immersive, enveloping works. The imagery and materiality in her work provides cues toward the body, and investigates registers of human phenomena.
Downes originally graduated from the South Australian School of Architecture and Design in 2003 and has continued to exhibit both locally and interstate since that time. In 2015, Downes achieved First Class Honours from Adelaide Central School of Art, where she was also named the recipient of the 2015 Tracey Whiting Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons).
Downes is a member of Switchboard Studios in Norwood, S.A. and has been involved in several local and interstate exhibitions, as well as an artist residency in Japan, throughout 2017.
Chelsea Farquhar (Community Engagement Officer)
Chelsea Farquhar is an emerging multidisciplinary artist/writer. Chelsea utilises video, performance and sculpture to interrogate bodily relationships to forms and spaces. Chelsea has a Gemini sun, Cancer ascending and Pisces moon.
Sarah Norris (Social Media & Marketing Officer)
Sarah Norris has a broad range of experience in the visual arts sector. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art before undertaking a Master of Art Administration. During and following her postgraduate studies Sarah volunteered and worked within a range of galleries and museums, gaining experience in arts administration positions in a variety of environments. This experience includes working in curatorial, exhibition coordination, event coordination roles and the delivery of public programs. Sarah has a particular interest in collaborative projects that bring together artists and arts administrators from a broad range of practices and backgrounds.
Liv Spiers (Finance Officer)
Liv Spiers is a freelance arts writer with broad practice across filmmaking, creative writing, curating and art history. Spiers completed an Honours degree at Flinders University in 2003, with her graduate film screening at local and national film festivals. After pursuing creative writing projects, Spiers completed a double Masters in Art History and Curatorial and Museum Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2016. Spiers specialised in Australian contemporary arts publishing and presented at national and international academic conferences. Spiers has recently written art reviews for Art Almanac and the FELTspace Writers Program.
Hen Vaughan (Volunteers Co-ordinator)
Hen Vaughan is a walking artist and writer perambulating through performance, text, dramaturgy and other landscapes experimenting with liveness and the ephemeral.
They are passionate about accessibility, creative research, process-based making, social design and systems thinking. Hen is completing ongoing Audio Description training at Access2Arts and working at MOD. at UniSA.
Former committee members: Kate Kurucz, Alice Blanch, Lauren Abineri, Becci Love, Fiona Borthwick, Luke Wilcox, Jenna Pippett, Carly Snoswell, Serena Wong, Tamzin Buchan, Kate Moskwa, Kate Power, Ray Harris, Tara Tahmasebi, Meg Wilson, Jemimah Dodd, Jess Miley, Derek Sargent, Steph English, Eleanor Scicchitano, Sundari Carmody, Polly Dance, Riley O'Keeffe, Patrick Rees, James L Marshall, Matt Huppatz, Sam Howie, Jessie Lumb, Celeste Aldahn, Brigid Noone (founding member), Rayleen Forester (founding member), Annika Evans (founding member), Monte Masi (founding member), Logan Macdonald (founding member).