Paper Mountain is a Perth based artist run initiative with a gallery, co-working space (The Common Room) and studios, located in the heart of Northbridge, WA.

Paper Mountain presents a top notch program of surprising new art and ideas, and is dedicated to supporting a broad span of contemporary art projects. Our space is malleable and we use it to nurture experimentation, to challenge artists’ practices, and to encourage collaboration and skill/resource sharing.

Founded in late 2011 by Anna Dunnill, Amber Harries, Stephen Genovese & Joanna Sulkowski, Paper Mountain is currently co-directed by a team of eight who between them manage: the studios, special projects, exhibitions, events, communications, finance, media & artistic programming.


Paper Mountain is proudly sponsored by Graphic Source Design & Print Solutions.



Grant and Sponsorship Officer

Alisa Blakeney studied Fine Arts and Art History at UWA and in the UK. She has administrated and invigilated her way around a heap of local arts organisations, including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artsource, Heathcote Gallery and Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Her passions include entering information into spreadsheets, writing grant applications and ADVENTURE.




Special Projects and Events Manager

Minaxi May has been a practising artist for over 15 years, exploring popular media, consumerism, food, DIY, fashions, the childlike and the everyday. Her style is identified by an extravagant use of colour, repetition, play and design. Minaxi is involved in many aspects of the arts including facilitating workshops, university tutoring, project managing and increasingly design, as well as taking seats on several panels and boards. Minaxi has qualifications in Visual Arts, Art Therapy, Multimedia and Design. She has just returned from the Artsource Basel residency. Whilst finalising her PhD she is also currently the (acting) Education Program Manager at PICA and a Curtin online sessional academic. She also presents on Perth’s ‘sound alternative’ radio station RTR FM.



Common Room Manager

Alina Tang finds joy in fresh flowers, mushy love stories, and all things handmade. She is currently completing a Fine Art and Design degree at Curtin University, where her most recent work attempts to understand ideas of romantic love in intimate relationships through printmaking, performance, and installation. Alina is super excited to be a part of the growing creative community in Perth, working her dream jobs as artist assistant/workshop co-orindator/florist at Beau Est Mien, install technician at PICA, studio assistant at The Clay House, and co-director at Paper Mountain.




Finance and Studios Manager

Emiko Watanabe is an advocate of creative uses of Perth’s urban space, with a background in sustainable urban developments and cultural infrastructure. Emiko has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, combining her two loves: environmental sustainability and the arts. Emiko also has an extensive background in events management with various not-for-profit and arts organisations in Perth and is a self-confessed lover of spreadsheets. When she is not having Mountain dreams, she is dreaming of electric sheep in her role as the Northbridge Piazza Screen Officer at the City of Perth.



Kali - Gallery Manager 

Gallery Manager



Desmond - Communications Manager 

Communications Manager






Mark - Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Mark Wahlsten has a keen interest in print design, illustration and stapling things to other things. He wields Bachelor of Arts (Design) degree, over four years studio experience, and a child-like wonder. He’s a watcher of films, reader of books and a maker of zines. Mark divides his time between agency work, freelancing and climbing trees.





Special Projects

Rachel Ciesla is a practicing artist who has worked for a variety of galleries and arts organisations, throughout Perth. Since completing a Bachelor of Art History in 2013, Rachel has worked on a number of creative projects, including running drawing workshops in Bali, producing local music videos and creating artwork throughout Perth and Asia.




Media Liaison

Elizabeth Bills feels that sometimes images translate better what the soul is saying. She makes art based on personal experiences and feelings using paint, ready-made objects, sculpture and sometimes textiles. Just at the shallow end of immersing herself in the art scene she is currently working on a body of work called ‘Snakes and Ladders: A Catalogue by a Receptionist’ and is excited to be taking on the role of Media Officer at Paper Mountain.






Henry Whitehead




Special Projects




Volunteers Coordinator




Marketing Officer




Studio Manager

Upstairs, 267 William St Northbridge | Open: 9.30am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday | Email: info@papermountain.org.au | Media enquiries: media@papermountain.org.au

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