Executive Director, Artspace Sydney
Alexie Glass-Kantor completed a Bachelor of Art History and Theory (now Art Theory).
The building blocks artists and arts managers require to establish and build a successful career in the contemporary art world are numerous. They include an educational foundation, incremental and progressively senior experience producing exhibitions and projects, ongoing support, encouragement and professional development by way of grants, residencies and opportunities to expand one's practice.
There are few institutions that address each of these areas in equal measure, but Artspace, one of Sydney’s and Australia's most highly regarded and established contemporary art and culture venues is one such place. At its helm is UNSW Art & Design graduate, Alexie Glass-Kantor. Like other Executive Directors before her, Alexie’s goal is to maximise opportunities for emerging and established arts practitioners.
Alexie’s dedication to the task has led to the introduction of a suite of new ideas, programs, spaces and activities. For example, she’s developed the Ideas Platform, a project space devoted to experimental practices located directly in the foyer of the building; perfectly presented and scaled for artists looking a flexible platform, free from tight scheduling restrictions. She’s ensured that Artspace is now a leader with its national and international professional programs, networks and linkages. Further, she’s expanded the all-important artist studio program and made it free. Artspace's residency program now offers seven workspaces located on the second floor of the historic Gunnery building.
Alexie’s broad interest in the advocacy and promotion of the intrinsic value of art and artists to society has also seen her assume the Chair at Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOS) as well as a Board Member at the National Art School. This year she was selected as the curator of the Encounters section at Art Basil Hong Kong for which she chose 16 large-scale installations from artists Brook Andrew, Charles Avery, Hans Berg and Nathalie Djurberg, Roberto Chabet, Chen Zhen, Isa Genzken, Kyungah Ham, Arik Levy, Peter Liversidge, Richard Maloy, Tintin Wulia, Tromarama, Keiji Uematsu, Lawrence Weiner, Pae White and Zhang Ding. Alexie described the selection of artworks as “immersive, wonderful and unpredictable”.