About

About

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.


CURRENT CO-DIRECTORS:

Alisa_Blakeney_IMG_9793

Grant and Sponsorship Officer

Alisa Blakeney is an arts administrator from Perth, WA. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Fine Arts. She has administrated and invigilated her way around a number of Perth arts organisations, including Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artsource, Collective Focus and the Perth Public Art Foundation. Her passions include entering information into spreadsheets, writing grant applications and ADVENTURE.

alisa@papermountain.org.au 

 

Renae_Coles_IMG_9819

Co-Director at Large 

Renae Coles makes sculptures, performances, gouache paintings, Facebook events, catalogues and too many new projects. She loves Snapchat more than anyone over the age of 16 should and is pretty passionate about social media. Her current artistic practice is centred on the role of architectural structures in stimulating social situations and the history of urban design, in particular that of playgrounds. Renae is also the Communications Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

renae@papermountain.org.au

 

 

Minaxi_May_IMG_9784

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.

minaxi@papermountain.org.au 

 

Melissa-McGrath_IMG_9917

Communications Manager

Melissa McGrath is a Perth-based artist and curator. Having graduated from Curtin University in 2013 majoring in Art & Design Studies, she works at PICA as a Gallery Attendant and Install Technician. Melissa is currently undertaking a residency at Fremantle Arts Centre to develop the periodical arts publication Black White & Read, as well as curating exhibitions for City of Perth and Paper Mountain in 2014. She has an irrational passion for books and travel, which, when combined, generally make for some very heavy hand luggage.

melissa@papermountain.org.au 

 

Alina_Tang_IMG_9927

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.

alina@papermountain.org.au

 

Emiko_Watanabe_IMG_9853

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.

emiko@papermountain.org.au

 

Ashleigh_Whyte_IMG_9811

Gallery Manager

Ashleigh Whyte is a visual artist from Perth, whose practice consists of drawing, film, photography and installation. Since graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2012, Ashleigh has undertaken a number of creative roles, including teaching hand illustrated film making to high school and community groups. Ashleigh is currently working on a number of collaborative and curatorial projects.

ashleigh@papermountain.org.au


CREATIVE ASSOCIATES:

Anna_Dunnill_IMG_9832

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Anna Dunnill is an artist and writer from Perth. She has exhibited in group shows including WALLPAPER (2010) at Gallery Central and Hatched: National Graduate Show (2009) at PICA, and undertook residencies at Central Institute of Technology in 2009 and 2011. Her work has been published in Voiceworks, the First Page Anthology, and the Cottonmouth Anthology as well as many zines. She is a founding member of the Perth Zine Collective, and co-curated The Conservatorium.

anna@papermountain.org.au 

 

Caitlin_Pak-Poy_IMG_9912

Graphic Designer

Caitlin Pak-Poy is the owner of a comprehensive cardigan collection and all-around fan of Wes Anderson’s colour palettes. She is studying Photography & Illustration Design at Curtin University with an interest in traditional watercolour-based illustration and looking to move into editorial photography. She has published works in Frankie and Scoop Magazines. Along with her role as the Paper Mountain Graphic Designer, she is currently completing a graphic design internship, and works at The Tenth State concept store. If you want to get on her good side, a quick nip of gin is always a good idea.

design@papermountain.org.au


 

Shannon_Calcott_IMG_9893

Photographer

Shannon Calcott is endlessly fascinated by human behaviour and all things photographic. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with previous study in Psychology. Her recent practice considers the fine points of body language and first love through digital appropriation and collage of archived images. When Shannon is not undertaking freelance work, photo editing and install volunteering at PICA, she is found writing, watching classics and daydreaming of dogs.

 

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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