MARIAM ARCILLA CULTURE WRITER, DIGITAL MARKETER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CURATOR 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
EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts with Honours, School of Arts, Griffith University (2006) Awarded Griffith University Honours Scholarship / Graduated with First Class Honours.
Bachelor of Creative Arts, School of Arts, Griffith University (2004) Double Major in Contemporary Arts (Theory & Practice) and Writing, Minor in Journalism and PR. Received Academic Award.
Certificate in Public Relations, School of Journalism, Communications and Public Relations (2000), Griffith University
KEY APPOINTMENTS - Freelance Writer/Digital Marketer/Communications Consultant/Curator (Apr 2007–current) - Creative Copywriter, Uber and Uber Eats Australia & New Zealand, Sydney (Sep 2016–current) - Arts Marketer/Copy Editor (for special projects), THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast (Sep 2016- April 2018) - Digital Communications Officer, Queensland Government, Brisbane (May 2013–Sep 2016) working in the following departments: -- Communications, Arts Queensland, Department of the Premier & Cabinet(May 2013–Sep 2014/Mar 2015–Sep 2016) -- Media and Content, Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation & the Arts (Sep 2014–Mar 2015) -- Marketing Manager (Acting), Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane (Aug-Oct 2015) - Co-Founder, Co-Director, Rabbit & Cocoon creative precinct, Gold Coast (May 2010-Feb 2014) - Arts Development Officer (Project-based), Arts Queensland, Brisbane (Jan 2013-May 2013) - Senior Arts Development Officer - Design (Project-based), Arts Queensland, Brisbane (Nov 2011-Jun 2012) - Cultural Development Project Officer (Temporary), City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast (Aug 2010-Sept 2011) - Co-Founder, Director, Curator, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast (May 2008-May 2010)
SELECTED PROJECTS / CONTRIBUTIONS - Curator #PRIZENOPRIZE 3, THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast (Nov- Dec 2018) - Peer Review Circle, Absolute Humidity by Tess Maunder, New York/Manila (2018) - Curator #PRIZENOPRIZE 2, THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast (Nov- Dec 2017) - Creative Producer/Host, First Thursdays, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (Oct 2017) - Performer, Negative Volumes: Danger Magic, Liquid Architecture and Firstdraft, Sydney (May 2017) - Guest Curator #PRIZENOPRIZE, THE WALLS Art Space, Gold Coast (Nov-Dec 2016) - Media Liaison/Marketer, Liquid Architecture /FM[X], Sydney (Jul 2016 – Jan 2017) - Founding Committee Member, The Sold Coast: Shaping our Culture Strategy, Gold Coast (Apr-Jul 2013) - Co-founder, Marketer, Studios Uplate (monthly program), Rabbit+Cocoon, Gold Coast (2012-2013) - Curator, Streetcube, Surfers Paradise Festival, Gold Coast (Jun-Jul 2011) - Co-Curator, Nine Wives, Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane (Jun-Jul 2011) - Curator (monthly program), 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast (May 2008-May 2010) - Curator, Parkrise, Oneway Project, Gold Coast (Jun 2010) - Event coordinator, Semi-Permanent Exhibition, Nine Lives Gallery + 19 KAREN, Gold Coast and Brisbane (Mar 2009) - Co-Founder/Co-Curator (annual program), Tinygold artist-run initiative, Gold Coast (May 2007-May 2009)
SELECTED COMMISSIONED WRITING [CULTURE] 2018 Rate of Change: COMA Gallery, Running Dog, Sydney 2018 Darren Sylvester: Out of Life at Sullivan+Strumpf, Running Dog, Sydney 2018 Laurie Anderson: Artist in Residence - Program feature (New York), Home of the Arts, Gold Coast 2018 Clara Balaguer: A New Type of Manila (Philippines), ACCLAIM Magazine 2018 Tom Polo: Hidden Figures (Sydney), VAULT: Australasian Art & Culture 2018 Hahan: Hack the Market,(Indonesia), ACCLAIM Magazine 2018 Vipoo Srivilasa: Everyday Shrines - Exhibition Essay (Melbourne) Gippsland Art Gallery 2018 Mason Kimber: Future Relics - Exhibition Essay (Melbourne), Sophie Gannon 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
INDUSTRY TRAINING 2018 Write Right, The Good Copy, Sydney 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
PROJECTS + COLLABS: AWARDS, FUNDING, NOTABLE MENTIONS 2017 Finalist team, Liquid Architecture: FM[X] Sydney 2016, FBi Radio Sydney Music, Arts, and Culture Awards, FBi Radio, Sydney 2016 Selected, Outfielders: A list of Australia's art world up-and-comers, The Art Life, Australia 2015 Selected, Outfielders: A list of Australia's art world up-and-comers, The Art Life, Australia 2012 Selected, Queensland’s 50 Best and Brightest, 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
PRESS 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 ABC.net.au 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 Magazine.net 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 PARTICIPATING EXHIBITIONS (AS ARTIST/PERFORMER) 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 (Curated by Megan Cope), 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 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
SELECTED TALKS 2018 Laurie Anderson: In Conversation, Home of the Arts, 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
OTHER SECTOR EXPERIENCE Gallery Administrative Assistant (Acting), Gold Coast City Gallery, Home of the Arts, Gold Coast (May 2010) Gallery Assistant, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast (May 2006-May 2008) Research Assistant, Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University, Gold Coast (May-Nov 2006) Gallery Assistant, ARC Art, Design & Crafts Biennial, Brisbane (Oct 2005) Administrative Assistant, Brisbane Film Festival (BIFF), Brisbane (May 2005) Shop Assistant, HMV Music Store, Pacific Fair, Gold Coast (2003-2004) Bartender, Fox Rattle & Hum, London UK (Oct-Dec 2001) Silver Service Attendant / Bartender, Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell, UK (Jun-Oct 2001)
INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIPS 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.