MARIAM ARCILLA oscillates between creative producing, writing, copyediting, marketing, digital strategy, and cultural research. She has worked in the Australian creative sector since 2006, and is currently living on Gadigal Land/Sydney. In June 2020, Mariam joined 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art as the Engagement & Development Manager and Editor of 4A Papers. Most recently, she was the producer and host of the Interno podcast, supported by the Institute of Modern Art. Via conversations between Australia, North America and Asia, Interno presented a plurality of experiences that amplify artistic value and social duty in times of flux.
Born to a Filipino artist and a Singaporean air hostess, Mariam spent her childhood zigzagged between studios, galleries and make-shift homes in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Finessing her zest for art—and the many avenues for showcasing it—led her to collaborate with organisations to help brighten the connections between art, places and people.
Mariam migrated to Australia in 1996. During her decade-long career in Meanjin/Brisbane and Yugambeh/Gold Coast, Mariam was a co-founding director of tinygold artist-run initiative, Miami Marketta creative precinct, and 19 KAREN gallery, and also served as a creative consultant for national urban activation projects. These roles led her to partner with artists, architects, philanthropists and businesses to develop spaces and resources for creative people to make and present work.
Mariam has held key positions in creative agencies, global companies, and government departments, across the art, design and tech sectors. Mariam has produced programs and marketing campaigns in partnership with City of Gold Coast, Institute of Modern Art, Art Month Sydney, State Library of Queensland / Asia Pacific Design Library, THE WALLS, Renew Newcastle, Museum of Brisbane, Uber, Semipermanent, Arts Queensland, Liquid Architecture, BIGSOUND and others.
For five years, Mariam worked for Queensland’s state and local government, where she developed a zest for digital communications. In 2016, she relocated to Sydney to delve into creative tech, generating education programs and campaigns to improve user-experience platforms on a global scale.
As a writer, Mariam’s elastic portfolio spans content ideation, creative writing, copywriting, editing, marketing content, social media copy and UX writing. Her text appears in museum publications, institutional websites and social platforms, while her artswriting is published in platforms such as VAULT, Running Dog, Art Collector, Runway, Broadsheet, Acclaim and RealTime. Mariam’s background in arts business led her to manage STATION, a commercial gallery in Sydney and Melbourne, where she helped establish the Sydney business in 2019 and delivered exhibitions until its temporary closure during covid-19 regulations.
By age 30, Mariam was selected by The Courier Mail Newspaper as one of the 50 Best & Brightest Queenslanders. She received a Queensland Government Volunteering Award for pro-bono contributions to the arts sector, with various projects covered in The Straits Times Singapore, The Epoch Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet, SBS Radio, ABC TV, and Channel 9 News.
In a post-corona climate, you’d normally catch Mariam at a museum or breaking bread in an artist’s studio. She also cooks rice-based meals most nights, using her grandmother’s recipe.