Born: Singapore
As a child: Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong.
As a teen: Gold Coast
Current base: Sydney (sometimes the Gold Coast and Brisbane)

ABN: 62 625 720 988


Bachelor of Arts with Honours, School of Arts, Griffith University
Awarded Griffith University Honours Scholarship.
Graduated with First Class Honours.

Bachelor of Creative Arts, School of Arts, Griffith University
Double Major in Contemporary Arts and Creative Writing,  Minor in Journalism. Received Academic Award.

Certificate in Public Relations, School of Journalism, Communications and Public Relations, Griffith University


April 2007 – current
Freelance writer, digital marketer, communications consultant, and curator.

Sep 2016 – current
Copywriter / Producer (Creative), Uber Australia & New Zealand, Sydney

November 2016 – current
Arts marketer/Publicist (for special projects), THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast

May 2013 – Sep 2016
Digital Communications Officer,
Queensland Government, Brisbane

Working in the following departments:

May 2013 – Sep 2014 / Mar 2015 – Sep 2016
Communications, Arts Queensland, Department of the Premier & Cabinet

Sep 2014 – Mar 2015
Media and Content, Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts

August-October 2015
Marketing Manager (Acting), Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane

May 2010-February 2014
Co-Founder/Co-Director, Rabbit+Cocoon Creative Precinct, Gold Coast

Jan 2013-May 2013
Arts Development Officer (Project-based), Arts Queensland, Brisbane

Nov 2011-June 2012
Senior Arts Development Officer – Design (Project-based), Arts Queensland, Brisbane

Aug 2010-Sept 2011
Cultural Development Project Officer (Temporary), Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast

May 2008-May 2010
Co-Founder/Gallery Director/Curator, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast


Nov- Dec 2017
Curator #PRIZENOPRIZE, THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast

Oct 2017
Curator/Host, First Thursdays, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

May 2017
Performer/Concocter, Negative Volumes: Danger Magic, Liquid Architecture/Firstdraft, Sydney

Sep 2016 – current
Marketer/Publicist (Programs), THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast

Nov-Dec 2016
Guest Curator #PRIZENOPRIZE, THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast

Jul 2016 – Jan 2017
Media Liaison/Marketer, Liquid Architecture / FM[X] Sydney 2016, Sydney

Apr-Jul 2013
Founding Committee Member, The Sold Coast: Shaping our Culture Strategy, Gold Coast

Marketer, Studios Uplate (monthly program), Rabbit+Cocoon, Gold Coast

Jun-Jul 2011
Streetcube Street Art Project, Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast

Apr 2011
Co-Curator, Nine Wives, Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane

May 2008-May 2010
Curator/Marketer (monthly program), 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast

Jun 2010
Curator, Parkrise Live Street Art, Oneway Project, Gold Coast

Mar 2009
Event coordinator, Semi-Permanent Exhibition
Nine Lives Gallery + 19 KAREN, Gold Coast/Brisbane

May 2007-May 2009
Co-Founder/Co-Curator (annual program), tinygold artist-run initiative, Gold Coast


2018 Vipoo Srivilasa: Everyday Shrines – Exhibition Essay (Melbourne) Gippsland Art Gallery
2017 Giles Ryder in Bangkok (Thailand), VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2017 Seth Birchall: Call of the Wild (Sydney), VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2017 Svenja Kratz: Non-Linear Histories – Exhibition Essay,  (Brisbane) Spiro Grace Art Rooms
2017 No FFIXXED Address: FFIXXED STUDIOS (China),
VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2016 Patrons of art, design, and culture (Global), Neue Luxury
2016 Musée Yves Saint Laurent, (Paris/Marrakech), Neue Luxury
2016 Exploring Body Sculptures with Holly Ryan, Broadsheet
2016 Creative Couples: Michael Zavros and Alison Kubler, Broadsheet
2016 Creative Couples: Gail Sorronda and Atlas Harwood, Broadsheet
2016 Lonney White: Dark Materials (Chicago), Neue Luxury
2016 BIGSOUND: Who’s Coming Next (Brisbane), Broadsheet
2016 Reconceptualised Curating (Global), Neue Luxury
2016 Vipoo Srivilasa: Connecting The Pots (Melbourne/Thailand) VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2016 Six Films to See: Cine Latino Film Festival, Broadsheet
2016 Exploring Exterior Structures with Bianca Mavrick (Brisbane), Broadsheet
2016 Michael Cook: The Skins We Live In (Brisbane), VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2015 Advanced Style/Ari Seth Cohen: Dressing For Your Stage (New York) VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture
2015 Anna Carey’s Nostalgic Worlds, Los Angeles, RAVEN Contemporary
2015 Subtle Relief: Anna-Bella Papp (Italy) – VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2015 Ways to Disappear: Hito Steyerl, Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane) -RAVEN Contemporary
2014 Jean Paul Gaultier: Immaculate Conception (Melbourne) -VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2014 In Pursuit of Perfection: Brisbane & Gold Coast Graduate Shows 2014 -RAVEN Contemporary
2014 Note to Self by Justin Balmain: Exhibition Essay – THE WALLS
2014 Julie Anne Quay of V Files: File Under V (New York), VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2014 Joseph Allen Shea /Galerie Allen: Traversing the Impossible, (Paris) VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2013 Alison Kubler & Mitchell Oakley Smith: Art on the Runway (Sydney/Brisbane), VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2013 Justin Lee Williams: Night Mountain Oh I Miss You (Melbourne) – Mild Manners x KSUBI @ KOMA
2013 Michael Zavros: Capturing the Prince (Brisbane), VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2013 Spaces as Kingdoms – This Place is Yours, Sydney (Launched at VIVID Sydney)
2013 Gold Coast: Beyond the Gloss – Design Online, Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Qld
2012 Gail Sorronda: Surrender to Sorronda (Brisbane), VAULT:Australasian Art & Culture
2012 Matt Rabbidge – Mild Manners (Brisbane), The Native Press
2012 Exhibition Essay, From the Place – An Exhibition by Rebecca Ross, Comb Artspace
2011 Sustaining Artist-Run Initiatives, aqblog Policy and Practice in Arts and Culture
2011 Where there’s a Will there’s a When: Re-imagining the Future – Now + When: Australian Urbanism, Gold Coast City Gallery, RealTime Australia Issue 103
2011 Art Notes Editor for Queensland, Art Monthly Australia, Australia (Acting: Jul-Aug)
2009 Guest Editor, Issue 105, The Thousands (formerly Fourthousand)
2008 Amber Bignell (Paris), UV Magazine Online Issue #1
2007-2008 Catalogue Essay, tinygold presents Tales from the Cold Ghost I
2007 Jemima Wyman (Los Angeles), UV Magazine


2016 Code of Conduct for Queensland Public Service, Queensland Government, Brisbane
2013 Social Media Communication Strategies in Government, Akolade, Brisbane
2011 Project Management Fundamentals, Australian Institute of Management, Brisbane
2011 Public Sector Writing, Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Brisbane
2011 Managing Projects, Australia Business Arts Foundation, Brisbane
2008 Navigation Arts Business Training, Accredited, Youth Arts Qld, Brisbane
2008 Young Artists Mentoring Program, Youth Arts Queensland, Brisbane


2017 Team nomination, Liquid Architecture:  FM[X] Sydney 2016, FBi Radio Sydney Music, Arts, and Culture Awards, FBi Radio, Sydney
2016 Selected, Outfielders 2016: A list of Australia’s art world up-and-comers, The Art Life, Australia
2015 Selected, Outfielders 2015: A list of Australia’s art world up-and-comers, The Art Life, Australia
2012 Selected, Queensland’s 50 Best and Brightest people, The Courier Mail, Brisbane
2012 Recipient, Cultural Achievement Award (for Rabbit+Cocoon), City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards, Gold Coast
2012 Recipient, Rabbit+Cocoon ‘Hop on Board,’ Pozible Crowdfunding campaign, Gold Coast
2012 Nomination, Cultural Achievement Award,City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards
2011 Nomination, Young Alumnus Award, Griffith University Alumni Awards, Brisbane
2011 Recipient, Arts Queensland/Flying Arts Travel Bursary, We Are Here: National Artist-Run Initiatives Symposium, NAVA / Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2011 Recipient, Artspoken Regional Arts and Cultural Award, Volunteering Award for outstanding contributions to a regional Queensland community, Arts Queensland
2011 Artspoken Professional Development Bursary, Arts Queensland
2011 Recipient, Ambassador Bursary, Creative3 Forum, Queensland University of Technology Creative Enterprise, Brisbane
2009-2010 Selected, Creative Australians Inspiring our Communities, Gold Coast White Pages Phonebook, Australia
2010 Recipient, rabbit+cocoon, Regional Arts Development Fund,City of Gold Coast
2008 Recipient, tinygold, Regional Arts Development Fund,City of Gold Coast
2008 Recipient, Young Artists Mentoring Program (Mentor: Lorraine Pilgrim), Youth Arts Queensland, Brisbane
2005 Artist-run initiative research in Melbourne, Rapid Response Cultural Development Fund, City of Gold Coast
2005 Recipient, Griffith University Honours Scholarship and Educational Bursary, Gold Coast
2004 Griffith University Academic Excellence, Award, Gold Coast


2017 Scarce, F. Reviews: PRIZE NO PRIZE, THE WALLS, un Projects, Sydney
2017 Mariam Arcilla: Curating and Featuring Australian Artists, SBS Radio, Sydney
2014/2015/2016 Insider’s Fun Guide: Mariam Arcilla, Culture Club, Gold Coast Traveller, Australia
2015 ART/WORK | The Artsworker: Mariam Arcilla, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2014 Queensland’s 50 Most Stylish, U on Sunday, The Courier Mail, Brisbane
2013 Gold Coast’s cultural future plotted in shifting sands, The Australian, Australia
2013 Gold Coast Bulletin’s 50 Best Dressed, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2012 A Q&A with Gold Coast creative hub, Rabbit+Cocoon, Conversations with Bianca (Bianca Valentino), Australia
2012 Grant, D. Art & Soul: Cultural Precinct Painting a Brighter Future for the City, Weekend Bulletin
2012 Gold Coast By Design, TODAY, The Straits Times Singapore
2012 Insider’s Guide to the Gold Coast, Scoot Airlines, Singapore
2012 Willoughby, S. Cultural Revolution Begins, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2012 Gold Coast arts and culture profile, YES 93.3 FM Singapore Radio, Singapore
2012 The Case for Creativity (film), ArtsLink, Queensland
2012 License, J. Kicking off the White Shoes, Gold Coast
2012 Willoughby, S. Grassroots is Key to a Cultural Hub, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2012 Marshall C. ‘Cultural Achievement Award: rabbit+cocoon’ ABC Gold Coast 91.7FM and Online
2011 Willoughby, S. Our City Needs a Living Cultural Heart: Turning Point (Exclusive), Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2011 King, R. and Flowers, P. Young Things on Top of It, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2011 Profiles: Mariam Arcilla – Naked City Guide, Gold Coast
2011 Cultivating Creativity on the Coast, Griffith News Now
2011 Gold Coast Bulletin’s 50 Best Dressed, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2011 Lund, J. Gold Coast arts and culture in Naked City-Guide, Getaway, Channel Nine, Australia
2011 A Can-Do Artitude, Coast Confidential, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2011 Marshall, C. Gold Coast Arts Community Celebrates New Home, ABC Gold Coast 91.7FM and Online
2011 Falla, D., Artist-run Initiatives, Gold Coast Creative Issue 2
2011 Windsor, H., Blank Canvas, Precinct Magazine, Surfers Paradise
2011 Stringer, H., The Nine Wives of Nine, Time-Off Brisbane
2010 Hicks, S., Street Art in Surfers’ Heart, Art Nation, ABC TV /612 ABC AM /91.7FM, Australia
2010 Doherty, D. ‘Laneway becomes focus of Surfers cultural event’ Gold Coast Sun
2010 Rigney, V., Cultural Context and Art Practice on the Gold Coast 2000-2010’ in Flying Colours: QCA celebrates 10 years of Gold Coast Alumni, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast
2010 Lightmares interview, ABC 91.7FM, Gold Coast
2010 O’ Riordan, Art+Community, Art Monthly Australia
2010 Mitchell-Smith K., 19 Mood Swings, Art and About, ABC 91.7FM, Gold Coast
2010 Lewis, M. Feast of Culture,Gold Coast Sun
2010 19 KAREN, Pedestrian TV, Australia
2010 Burke K., 19 KAREN, Issue 14, Monster Children, Sydney
2010 19 KAREN, Naked City Guide, Gold Coast
2009 Featured Community Cultural Developer, Young People Creating Queensland book, Brisbane
2009 Creative Gold Coaster on the cover of White Pages, 612 ABC, Brisbane
2009 Eltham, B. An ‘island culture’ for the Gold Coast?, Benjamin Eltham’s Cultural Policy Blog, Melbourne
2009 Jones, G. ’19 KAREN is not an escort agency’, The Vine, Melbourne
2009 Wakeling, E, Tuloch I.,Williams, J. – Emerging Artwriters Program, Artworkers: Writing for Art Edition, Queensland
2009 Strebe, S. Mariam Arcilla wears art on leave, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2009 Robinson, P., Interview – Curator: Creator or Dictator, Feature story in Artworkers, Queensland
2009 Bannister, L. 19 KAREN, Frankie Magazine, Australia
2009 Wurkmeister S. Hungry like the Wolf, Look review, The Thousands Brisbane
2008 Hicks, S. Artists Creating a Cultural Coast 612 ABC Radio/ 91.7FM Radio and Brisbane/Gold Coast
2008 Burke, K., Tinygold’s labour of love, Epoch Times, Australia
2008 St. Martin, M. Ghost of a Chance, Feature story in The Weekend Bulletin, Gold Coast
2008 Arman, T. tinygold Planet Radio, Brisbane
2008 Surgeoner, R. Pap Spears, The Thousands Brisbane
2008 Barker, L. See it! Pap Spears Tuesday Magazine, Gold Coast
2008 Brown, S. Tales from the Cold Ghost II ,Yen Australia
2007 Hogg, V. The Gold Coast Art Scene Triple J, Australia
2007 Saint-Martin, M. Fighting Invisibility, Feature story in The Weekend Bulletin, Gold Coast
2007 Duggal, S. Artists Showing Initiative, Feature story in Gold Coast SUN Gold Coast
2007 Watson, S. Cold Ghost Tuesday Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast
2006 Broker, D. and Chapman, J. Art to Lunch, 4ZZZ, Brisbane


2017 Negative Volumes: Danger Magic, Liquid Architecture & Firstdraft, Sydney
2012 Dark Neon, Swell Sculpture Festival, Gold Coast
2012 Witch Meat, Brisbane Artist-Run Initiative Festival, Brisbane
2011 Standard Service, Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Exquisite Corpse – A Homage to David (Attenborough that is), Jugglers Artspace, Brisbane
2010 Desperate Spaces, PS Gallery, Gold Coast
2010 Decksabition, Oneway Project, Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast
2010 Under 3 Hundy, Reap N’ Sow, Gold Coast
2010 Digiquarium New Media project – Streets and building digital projections, Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast
2009 Painted Lady, Shopfront, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
2008 We Make Good Pets, Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Crash Paper Music For Robots with Svenja Kratz + Cristina Smart, IgNITE 08, QUT Creative Industries, Brisbane
2008 Young Artists Mentoring Program Showcase, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
2008 Milk Leech goes to the Pharm, Bowerbird IV, Sub-station, Brisbane
2007 Boupei, tinygold: Tales from the Cold Ghost I, Gold Coast
2007 Gladly Safe, Civic Playhouse Theatre, Electrofringe New Media Festival, Newcastle
2006 Sneezing with the Room, Circle Gallery, Brisbane (solo)
2005 ‘O’ Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Trekabulary (with Jason Nelson), Pixelstorm Award, Switzerland
2005 Tissues But not For Tears, Swinging Safari, Gold Coast
2004 Rapunzels Nightmare, Electrofringe New Media Festival, Newcastle
2004 Domestelogen, WhiteBOX Gallery, Gold Coast


2012 Public Art: Using Alternative Arts Spaces and Artists in Residence, Arts Dinner, The Centre, Beaudesert
2012 Artist-run Initiatives, Logan Art Gallery, Logan
2012 Creative Clusters Funding + Networking Workshop, Artslink, Mount Tamborine
2011 Feature Speaker, Young Professionals, Q1 Sky Point, Gold Coast
2011 Empty Spaces Coordinators Forum, University of Technology, Sydney
2011 Memory Lane, Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast
2011 Visual Arts Speed-Dating /Artists & Gallery Directors, FEHVA Arts Festival, Bangalow
2009 Getting Works on the Wall: Dealing with Galleries, Life After Uni series, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2009 Energies High School Exhibition, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast
2009 Galleries and Spaces, Artworkers Networker Event, Brisbane
2009 Navigation Arts and Business Training, Griffith University, Gold Coast
2009 Art Growers Art Professionals Consultation, tinygold Gold Coast
2009 Artist-Run Initiatives Panel, Brisbane Artist-Run Initiative Festival (BARI), Brisbane
2008 Alternative Artspaces, Creative Juices, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast
200 Business Basics for Artists, Transit Lounge, Brisbane


Oct 2015
Art Director, Michelle Xen: Give In (music video)

Jun 2015
Art Director, Michelle Xen: Short Term Plan (music video)

May 2010
Gallery Administrative Assistant, Gold Coast City Gallery, Arts Centre Gold Coast (Acting)

May 2006-May 2008
Gallery Assistant, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast

May-Nov 2006, Research Assistant, Centre for Cultural Research (formerly Centre for Public Culture and Ideas), Griffith University, Gold Coast

October 2005
Gallery Assistant, ARC Art, Design & Crafts Biennial, Brisbane

May 2005
Administrative Assistant, Brisbane Film Festival (BIFF), Brisbane

Shop Assistant, HMV Music Store, Pacific Fair, Gold Coast

Bartender, Fox Rattle & Hum, London UK

Silver Service Attendant / Bartender, Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell, UK


Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Sydney Arts Managers Advisory Group, Sydney
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia

CV and referees provided upon request.