PRODUCING & CURATING

Below is a selection of Mariam’s cross-disciplined practice. View her resume for an extended list or get in touch for a dossier.

PRODUCER & HOST/SNOOP
I GOT FIVE ON IT
Australia
2021-2022
Online roulette series featuring creative people who unravel the stories behind their Instagram feed. Out early 2022.

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PRODUCER & HOST
INTERNO
INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART

New York, Vancouver, Meanjin/Brisbane, Gadigal/Sydney
2020
Dialogues with creative people who are recalibrating their perspectives of home, longing, and connection during the global pandemic. Exploring the ideas and movements that amplify artistic value, creative labour and collective care in times of flux, these conversations consider what a post-pandemic future may look like, so that we can move together towards brightness. Feat: Sari-Sari (pictured), Sezzo, Sara Morawetz, and Bianca Mavrick.


PRODUCER & HOST
MIGHT DELETE LATER
RUNNING DOG x VERGE GALLERY

Gadigal / Sydney
2019
Featuring Running Dog contributor Mariam Arcilla in conversation with Sophie Penkethman-Young (pictured), Emma O’Neill and Danielle Karlikoff, the panel explores artworld habits, online personas, and heightened algorithms in an Instagram era. Based on personal experiences and forecasts, the speakers discussed how social media shapes digital consumption and marketing trends.


CURATOR
#PRIZENOPRIZE
THE WALLS

Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2016-2018
#PRIZENOPRIZE is an exhibition series premised on shared glory. Think of this as a non-compete alternative to the nail-biting process that comes with applying for art awards or being shortlisted for the coveted Bachelor rose of the artworld. There is no prize money, entry fee or commission on sales; instead this is an open platform for experimental artists across Australia to exhibit or perform at THE WALLS. Feat: Hailey Atkins, Parallel Park, Sophie Penkethman-Young, Sonia York-Pryce, Bridie Gillman, Janis Clarke and Tessa Bergan & Adrienne Kenafake.


CURATOR & HOST
SKIRT
FIRST THURSDAYS
INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART

Meanjin/Brisbane
2017
Multisensorial one-night event featuring artists, writers, and musicians who skirt around art-form conventions. Themed around sip, slip, decode, and circumvent, the project teases out the term ‘skirt/skirting’ as it serpentines the fields of fashion, architecture, sociology, politics, and feminist theory. Feat: Michelle Xen (pictured), Emily McGuire, David Spooner, Danni Zuvela, Skullgrabber, Bianca Mavrick.


CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
MIAMI MARKETTA
Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2011-2014
Through a philanthropic partnership, Emma Milikins, Mariam Arcilla and Jolie Hertzberg transformed 14 disused warehouses into a creative hub with art studios, design labs, a fashion incubator, co-working spaces, a music rehearsal space, radio station, multi-event space and cafe. Initially named Rabbit & Cocoon, the program expanded to the food and culture precinct Miami Marketta, which today remains a destinational tourist attraction for locals and visitors.


CO-FOUNDING COMMITTEE MEMBER
THE SOLD COAST:
SHAPING OUR CULTURAL STRATEGY
Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2013
The Sold Coast committee is a group of young cultural activists from the Gold Coast who stage symposiums, think tanks and proposals to advocate for local artists and cultural infrastructure. Formed as a response to the Gold Coast City Council’s Draft Culture Strategy 2013-2023.


CO-CURATOR
NINE WIVES
NINE LIVES GALLERY

Meanjin/Brisbane
2011
Grounded in home folklore, the concept show invites nine women artists to transform the gallery into a domestic home split into nine rooms. Feat: Simone Eisler (bedroom), Carolyn V Watson (dining room), Kristy Morgan / Ruby & Prankstar) (kitchen), Sue-Ching Lascelles (bathroom-pictured), Rebecca Ross (library), Dord Burrough (sun room), Zoe Porter (living room), Dhana Merritt (laundry), Lucinda Wolber (nursery). Curated by Megan Cope and Mariam Arcilla.


GALLERY DIRECTOR & CURATOR
19 KAREN CONTEMPORARY ARTSPACE
Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2008-2010
As its co-founding Director, Mariam curated monthly programs featuring emerging artists from Australia and internationally, with a focus on cross-disciplines. Our program included exhibitions, publications, art lectures, networking nights, mentorships, and residencies. During 2008-2010, Mariam presented programs featuring Archie Moore, Jemima Wyman, Michael Candy, Sydney McMahon, Laura Jones, André Piguet, Joanna Kambourian, Alice Lang, Daniel McKewen, Justin Lee Williams, Mandy Beaumont, Mel Stringer, MYMO (pictured) & more. The gallery is now operated by Terri Lew.


CO-FOUNDING DIRECTOR & CURATOR
tinygold ARI
Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2007-2009
Roving artist-run initiative profiling recent university graduates and unrepresented artists based on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW. The tinygold program included exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops, and commissioned published writing. Feat: Tal Fitzpatrick, Alex Chomicz, Svenja Kratz, Simon De Groot, Nicholas Chalmers, Aron Burton, Sam Smith, Mari Hirata, Jae Copp, Oh Ye Denver Birds, Thor Elias Engelstad (pictured) & more. Directed by Mariam Arcilla and Megan Cope.


CURATOR
PAP SPEARS
Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast

2009
Group exhibition responding to the cat-mousing phenomena between celebrities, the public, and the super-paparazzi, and how the dazzling/dizzying concoction of Myspace stars, phone-camera paps, and reality TV have resulted in a new breed of celeb fandom. Curated by Mariam Arcilla as part of the Young Artists Mentoring Program. Feat: Sue Dodd, Jemima Wyman (pictured), David Spooner, Sebastian Moody & more.


GALLERY ASSISTANT
GEORGE PETELIN GALLERY

Yugambeh / Kombumerri / Gold Coast
2006-2008
Gold Coast commercial gallery representing senior and mid-career Australian artists. Directed by George Petelin. Feat: Gordon Hookey (pictured), Sydney Ball, Jenny Watson, Richard Bell, Tony Albert, Peter Alwast, Eugene Carchesio, Matthew Johnson, Vernon Ah Kee, Jennifer Herd, Vivienne Binns & more.