Mariam Arcilla is a Filipina-Singaporean writer, curator, and arts marketer currently living in Sydney, Australia.
As a writer, she covers art, design, fashion, and architecture, and has been published in VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture, Neue Luxury, Broadsheet, Art Monthly Australia, The Thousands, and RealTime.
Mariam completed a First Class Honours degree in contemporary art and creative writing at Griffith University, and forged her curatorial and arts marketing career on the Gold Coast by co-establishing and directing the creative precinct Rabbit & Cocoon (now Miami Marketta), Tinygold artist-run project and 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace.
Through Tinygold, Mariam transformed abandoned sites into spaces for emerging art exhibitions, talks, and performances. This led her to partner with a publisher/investor to establish 19 KAREN, where as Gallery Director, she curated programs of an emerging and experimental slant across visual art, design, new media, film, and fashion.
With exhibition spaces cemented, her next agenda was to provide artists and entrepreneurs with avenues for work & show. So after two years, Mariam left the gallery to co-found and operate Rabbit & Cocoon, a 14-warehouse precinct comprising art studios, design labs, a gallery, a performance space, and a radio station. During this time, she helped develop the signature community program Miami Marketta, which remains a cultural destination on the Gold Coast, while 19 KAREN now operates as a commercial gallery. Mariam has also collaborated with institutions like THE WALLS, Uber, Liquid Architecture, Institute of Modern Art, Gold Coast City Gallery and Semi Permanent, on projects and campaigns that connect communities with makers and thinkers from various fields.
At age 27, Mariam was invited to feature on the cover of the White Pages Gold Coast Phonebook for her services to the arts. She has been named as one of the 50 Best and Brightest Queenslanders by The Courier Mail, and received a City of Gold Coast Cultural Achievement Award for her role in Rabbit & Cocoon. Her projects have been featured in ABC TV, The Straits Times Singapore, SBS Radio, Channel 9 News, FBi Radio, Pedestrian TV, Triple J Radio, Bullett Media, and The Sydney Morning Herald.
After five years working within the arts and culture department of Queensland’s public sector, Mariam returned to freelance in late 2016 and works in Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane.
Image courtesy of Precinct Magazine, Gold Coast.