Mariam Arcilla is a Sydney-based freelance arts marketer, writer, copyeditor, and curator. She is also a gallery manager at STATION, a contemporary art gallery based in Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2006, Mariam has worked with museums, galleries, start-ups, ARIs, festivals, creative agencies and governments in Brisbane, Sydney, and the Gold Coast.
Born to a Filipino artist and a Singaporean air hostess, Mariam spent her childhood zigzagged between studios, museums and make-shift homes. Finessing her zest for art—and the many avenues for showcasing it—led her to work with creative people and institutions to help brighten the connections between people and their cities. On the Gold Coast, Mariam co-founded tinygold artist-run initiative and also directed a creative precinct and gallery. She has since produced and hosted programs with Home of the Arts, Institute of Modern Art, THE WALLS and City of Gold Coast, and worked on marketing and social content with Arts Queensland, BRISBANE ART DESIGN / Museum of Brisbane, Art Incubator, Asia Pacific Design Library and Liquid Architecture.
Mariam writes elastically in the areas of profile writing, content ideation, digital marketing, writing, copyediting, and cultural research. Her profiles, essays and reviews have featured in leading publications, namely VAULT, Running Dog, Art Collector, Design Online, Runway, ACCLAIM, Broadsheet, Neue Luxury, and Art Monthly. For five years, she worked in the Queensland public sector, managing digital strategies, cultural programs, and social campaigns for art, design, fashion, technology and science. These initiatives have since been rolled out state-wide. After two decades of Queensland sunshine, Mariam moved to Sydney in late 2016 and continues to freelance.
What else does Mariam do? Art voodoo. Some highlights: she was invited to speak alongside Laurie Anderson at Home of the Arts about storytelling. She’s worked with musicians and artists to produce a multi-sensorial project at the Institute of Modern Art. She brewed alchemic tonics for Liquid Architecture listeners to consume while attuned to music. She’s also curated projects at THE WALLS; one of them was reviewed here. By age 30, Mariam was named as one of the 50 Best & Brightest Queenslanders by The Courier Mail Newspaper. Her collaborative projects have featured in The Straits Times Singapore, Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet, SBS Radio, ABC TV, and Channel 9 News, while others were nominated for Australian Graphic Design Awards and Fbi Awards. On the fun side, she’s been listicled into The Art Life for her tendency to bend words.
On a day off, you’ll find Mariam pouncing into a gallery or breaking bread in an artist’s studio. Plus, she cooks rice-based meals most nights, using her grandmother’s recipe. Hit her up here.