Who We Are
Roslyn Helper is an artist, writer and curator. Prior to joining Underbelly Arts, Roslyn was the Artistic Director of Electrofringe from 2012-16 and founder of online exhibition space New Physics. She has held roles at Artspace, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney Festival and FBi Radio. Her solo and collaborative work has been presented for The Biennale of Sydney, Kaldor Public Art Projects, The Festival of Live Art (FOLA), Performance Space, Liquid Architecture, Firstdraft, MOANA and at numerous other independent events and institutions nationally and internationally. Roslyn holds a BA (media and communications / government and international relations) from Sydney University, and an MA in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Administration and Marketing Coordinator
Anna May Kirk is an emerging curator, artist and writer based in Sydney. In conjunction to Underbelly Arts, she currently holds roles at Down / Under Space, FBi Radio and After pARTY. She is also completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at The University of New South Wales Art and Design. Prior to Underbelly Arts, Kirk has held roles at Alaska Projects, UNSW Art and Design, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Her artistic and curatorial projects have been presented at Artbank, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kudos Gallery, BAD festival, In Motion Festival and Desire Lines amongst other galleries, alternate spaces and events.
Board of Directors
David Robb – Chair has been a board member since 2012. He is a corporate lawyer based in Sydney and heads the legal team in Macquarie Bank’s retail banking and financial services business. He has previously been chair of dance company De Quincey Co and chair of Justice Connect (when it was the Public Interest Law Clearing House, NSW).
Clare Cahill is Senior Marketing Manager for Creative Cloud for Asia Pacific. She has worked in the Graphic Arts industry for over 20 years in both the UK and Australia, making the permanent move here in 2000. Clare joined Adobe systems in 2006 just prior to the Macromedia acquisition, so has been in the world of all things Adobe since CS2.
Kate Dezarnaulds is a business development consultant currently working on major projects for StartupAUS, TEDxSydney and The Chaser Lecture & Dinner. She has degrees in art history and business, and since spending her early years working for Sotheby’s in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, her career has roamed the commercial and not-for-profit landscape, mostly in the arts. She is also on the board of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and was until recently a member of the South Coast Tourism Board. She works in Sydney, but lives the tree-changer’s cliché in Berry on the South Coast of NSW.
Diana Palmer is the founder of Palmer Art Projects and permanent exhibition space PALMER. Prior to this Diana had professional appointments at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA), Sullivan+Strumpf, Tim Olsen Gallery and Sothebys as well as being appointed guest curator of THE ART HUNTER in 2014, a major exhibition of International and Australian art sponsored by Jaguar. Diana also developed and launched the dynamic Museum of Contemporary Art, Young Ambassadors program in 2011. This industry leading program was designed to engage audiences in contemporary art and philanthropy and has been a model for philanthropic membership programs in the arts ever since. She is currently on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Committee and a dedicated volunteer lifesaver on the Northern Beaches. With a Masters of Communication from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Fine Arts UNSW, Diana brings critical expertise to exhibition development whilst consistently focussing on accessibility and engagement within the arts sector.
Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks. Since 2012 she has implemented an ambitious contemporary multi-arts program that is unrelenting in its support of artists. Under her leadership Carriageworks has experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth, resulting in it becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia. Previously, she was Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, where she pioneered an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities. She has been named one of Sydney’s top 100 influential people.
Sam Christie is a restaurateur and was born and raised in Sydney. He is the Managing Director for his four restaurants: Longrain Sydney, Longrain Melbourne, The Apollo and Cho Cho San. Sam understands and embraces the opportunity his businesses have to make a positive difference in the local & global community. As well as his role on the board of Underbelly Arts, he is passionate about supporting homelessness and children, and is an ambassador for StreetSmart Australia.
Stuart Couzens is the founder of multi award winning Sydney based creative production company Alfred. He has produced events, installations and broadcast projects within the arts, entertainment and creative industries across the globe since the mid-nineties. Credits include Executive Producer roles for iconic cultural events such as Mardi Gras Party & Harbour Party, Pacha Sydney and TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House.
Virginia Hyam brings over 30 years of experience in arts programming, producing and community cultural development arts activities. Australia-based, she started her arts career in Youth Arts in South Australia, moving on to direct Melbourne Fringe Festival and then to the Sydney Opera House, where she worked for 10 years as Executive Producer of the Studio and the Head of Contemporary Culture, specialising in the presentation of contemporary performance. Virginia has continued her work as a freelancer working in Australia and internationally, curating, advising and producing contemporary performance, hybrid art forms, large and small scale, in theatres, temporary venues and outdoors. She works independently and with her company Art Engineers. Recent key projects include, creative producer with the Arts and Culture Festival of the Commonwealth Games, The Hair Salon for Sydney Festival, producer of internationally renowned, Velvet, a large scale disco extravaganza, national tour – of internationally acclaimed artist – Alan Cumming, theatre / cabaret production Nosferatutu, and ongoing role with renowned Australian based company, Stalker Theatre producing a new interactive technology driven work. In her role as a freelancer Virginia continues to travel, and build networks across the globe, maintaining an active curatorial, programming and advisory profile.