Company Profile & Board Members
THE WIRED LAB – COMPANY PROFILE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Wired Lab is a NFP company limited by guarantee and governed by a skills based board of six Directors. Each Board member has a minimum of fifteen years professional practice in the arts, sciences, academia, law, communications, governance, business and Indigenous affairs. All board members have previous NFP board experience and understand ACNC and ASIC compliance requirements. The Directors are responsible for governance of The Wired Lab, and the organisation’s strategic and performance objectives. They ensure high standards of organisational, financial management and legal requirements are met. The Board also advocates for the organisation and assists with networking and creating opportunities throughout their respective industries. See below table for detailed biographies of our dynamic and committed Board of Directors.
ROLE/POSITION & AREA OF EXPERTISE
|Andrew Clinton||Chairman. Business, law & governance|
|Sarah Last||Artistic Director & CEO – Artist/Curator & TWL founder|
|Steve Mayhew||Treasurer. Arts administration, interdisciplinary arts & governance|
|Brett Galvin||Secretary. Communications, PR, events, philanthropy & business|
|David Burraston||Artist/Musician & TWL foundation member. Computer Scientist.|
|Aunty Cheryl Penrith||Wiradjuri artist, educator, Indigenous community leader, long-term resident of rural and regional NSW.|
ANDREW CLINTON – CHAIRMAN
ANDREW is currently one of the owners of Junee Railway Workshop Pty Ltd – accredited rail operator that repairs, maintains and services railway locomotives and rolling stock in Junee NSW. It is a major privately owned employer in Junee. He has had three decades as a company director in the commercial field.
Andrew also has considerable local government experience and was on the Junee Shire Council from 2008-2015. Where he served as Deputy Mayor. He is also a board Member Goldenfields Water County Council and brings an added layer of Local Government experience.
Andrew has personally been a significant sponsor and benefactor to the arts in the Riverina and has been involved in contemporary arts projects since the presentation of the ‘Unsound04’ experimental sound arts festival. which he hosted at the Junee Railway Roundhouse in 2004. He is currently the Treasurer of Junee Arts Council and previously held a number of positions in various Sydney NFP’s some 20 years ago.
Andrew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and his training was in Arts and Law at Sydney University. He never practiced as a lawyer but has referred to his legal training throughout his business career. Prior to moving to Junee in 2001 his career in Sydney was in sales, marketing and sailing.
Andrew is married to Judi and between them they have children from 39 to 9. They live in Junee and foster to two Indigenous girls in their teens.
Andrew brings considerable commercial, local government and NFP experience overlayed on a legal background and is a proven supporter for The Wired Lab’s activities and philosophy.
SARAH LAST – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CEO & PUBLIC OFFICER
SARAH is the founding member of The Wired Lab. She is an artist and curator with specialisation in the interdisciplinary arts of sound, experimental art forms and Community Cultural Development (CCD). Sarah has been producing site specific cross-disciplinary projects in rural/regional NSW for the past eleven years and has been an active contributor to the national recognition of rigorous contemporary and experimental art practice(s) emanating from the regional context
Sarah has 20 years experience in arts administration where she held senior roles in a number of arts organisations such as Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Booranga Writers Centre.
Sarah was a core member / Curator of Wagga Space Program 2001-2006 where she developed the legendary ‘unsound’ festivals experimental arts/sound programs (2003, 2004, 2006). Under Sarah’s curatorship The Wired Lab received an inaugural ‘ArtLab’ grant from Australia Council (2007), which led to the establishment of the organisation as a NFP in 2009. Since then, under Sarah’s leadership, the organisation has gone on to receive support from Arts NSW, Australia Council, RANSW, the British Council and Country Arts SA. The Wired Lab has received international recognition and is regarded as an important fixture in Australia’s arts ecology, particularly for the organisations’ unique exploration of the regional/rural context via its programming mix of experimental and emerging art forms, CCD and sector development for Australian artists.
Sarah’s ‘Southern Encounter’ project, which was commissioned for the 2012 Regional Arts Australia conference, won two APRA/AMC Art Music Awards for Excellence for ‘Experimental Music’ and ‘Regional Area’ amongst a competitive national field. No other artist or organization has achieved this at the APRA/AMC awards.
Last recently completed a term as the nominated Cootamundra Shire Council representative for the Board of Eastern Riverina Arts (2011- 2014). Previously she has sat on assessment panels for Australia Council, was Board member for Eastern Riverina Arts Program (04-06), Vice-Chair of the Wagga City Council Cultural Advisory Committee (04-06) and member of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home Centenary Commemoration Committee (2012).
BRETT GALVIN – SECRETARY
BRETT is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of The Mint Partners, Australia’s leading lifestyle communications agency. Brett has worked in PR / Communications for over 20 years. He has a strong history in the luxury lifestyle space, having worked on major events such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia; luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Watches; David Jones and numerous other internationally recognised brands (Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Johanna Johnson).
Brett has extensive experience and maintains deep-rooted contacts in the art space in Australia and New Zealand, working on a number of launches including the innovative QT Hotels & Resorts Brand with a definite tie to the arts, Art Series Hotels, Tim Olsen Gallery and the launch of Dr. John Olsen’s 80th birthday celebration exhibition. Brett is a leading professional in his field and often invited to comment on the industry. He is currently completing his Masters in Business Management at UNSW.
THE MINT PARTNERS is Australia’s leading lifestyle communications agency. Built on unsurpassable relationships with Australian media and key influencer networks, the agency offers a strategic approach with a creative flair. In its ninth year of operation, the agency has forged a reputation for exceptional results working across some of the world’s ultimate lifestyle brands excelling in all aspects of the communications sphere – public relations, activations & experiential, social media & events. It’s their passion for their clients, for the industry and for their people that identifies The Mint Partners. Through their delivery, they have proven to make more noise in the Australian market across all channels, than any other agency when it comes to arts, travel and lifestyle offerings. https://www.themintpartners.com.au/
STEVE MAYHEW – TREASURER
STEVE is a director, curator and an award winning creative producer. Preferring to mine the areas where multiple art forms, communities and audiences meet, has been involved in the development, producing, managing and dramaturgy of new performances / installations with many artists / festivals and organisations over the past 20+ years. Beginning as a freelance theatre director in the 1990s and quickly leading and managing companies, such as Riverland Youth Theatre, Brink Productions and more recently a brief stint at Act Now Theatre. He has been Creative Producer for Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and Adelaide Fringe. He guest curated the Hong Kong Fringe Club’s Australia On Stage program following his Asialink residency in 2008 and between 2014-2019 he, with Vitalstatistix’s Emma Webb co-founded PADA (Performance & Art Development Agency) to specifically present and commission new live art works and explore new organisational and producing models in Adelaide, South Australia.
Steve’s extensive work in regional Australia includes his influential role as Creative Producer at Country Arts SA between 2007-17 commissioning many new works for regional audiences, touring possiblities and festivals across the country and as Artistic Director of ‘Kumuwuki (Big Wave)’ 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival in Goolwa. He was the Co-curator with Alexis West of the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum “About Time” for Theatre Network Australia and more recently was the Creative Broker for Queenland’s centre of contemporary touring knowledge, arTour. You can often find Steve doing his MFA in Cultural Leadership, cooking and making music playlists.
Steve has served a term on the Australia Council for the Arts Theatre Board and has extensive experience on state and national arts funding panels. He has spoken publicly at various national and international arts forums and conferences on the cutting edges of regional practice and has been a board member of 3D radio (Adelaide community radio), Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Arts Industry Council of South Australia and Restless Dance Theatre.
DAVID is an artist and scientist who has been involved in audio-visual technology and electronic arts of sound since the late 70s. From the early 80’s on he has investigated cellular automata, chaos, fractals and other mathematical systems for his artistic ends using digital and analogue technologies. Since these early experiments he has worked with collaborators as diverse as the British Telecom and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab research laboratories in areas such as Artificial Life and Virtual Reality. Of particular note the ALIVE (Artificial Life Interactive Video Environment) project from MIT Media Lab.
David has also collaborated with many artists including Aphex Twin, Garry Bradbury, Alan Lamb, Chris Watson and Chris Mann. David has given a number of guest lectures at Universities and international conferences. In 2008 he became a member of the ARC funded initiative COSNET (Complex Open Systems Research Network). He is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute.
In 2007 David’s PhD abstract was voted ‘best’ in 2007 by international peer-reviewed Leonardo Abstracts Service due to its special relevance in art/science. This resulted in an invitation to write a paper about thesis for Leonardo Journal and have thesis abstract published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac. David also serves as a reviewer for Leonardo Journal.
Since 2007 he has been collaborating with Sarah Last as a core member of The Wired Lab and its associated projects such as its workshop series, the ‘Rolling Stock’ and ‘Southern Encounter’ projects. In 2013 his ‘Rainwire’ project received a highly competitive Creative Australia grant.
David has been operating an independent art/science music studio called Noyzelab since 1981. https://www.noyzelab.com
AUNTY CHERYL PENRITH
CHERYL is a connector, an influencer and mentor and coach; a mother and a grandmother. She calls Brungle her home Country, but lives in and loves Wagga Wagga. She is a cultural Wiradjuri woman, a poet and storyteller and creative. She has been involved with ‘giilanggalang’ and the ‘join the dots’ programs through Eastern Riverina Arts, and sits on their Indigenous advisory board, which has allowed her to connect with and meet many wonderful people whose creativity and vibrancy enhances our community. She is interested in progressing many creative ideas in the future.
Cheryl currently works in the employment and training space for the federal government, in cultural leadership. Cultural practice revival, language, cloakmaking, womens business, weaving, connecting and reconnecting are her passions. Her life experience as a First Nation Wiradjuri woman gives her a unique perspective, skills and networks.