October Selection Committee

These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, ensuring you can buy from our artists with the confidence that you are investing in the best of emerging talent. 

International Committee Member: Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art. She was formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was instrumental in the launch of the gallery's online presence. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK. Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca worked for 14 years in book and art magazine publishing: she was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.

Learn more about Rebecca. 

Georgia Hobbs - Firstdraft General Manager 

Georgia Hobbs is a Sydney-based arts professional with experience working across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a passionate supporter of emerging and experimental practice and has delivered a broad range of temporary exhibitions both nationally and internationally. As the General Manager of Firstdraft, she oversees the delivery of a diverse and innovative artistic program. Prior to this Georgia worked as an Art Consultant, Artbank; Assistant Curator, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was the Gallery Manager of Darren Knight Gallery for four years from 2013-2017. She is the Treasurer of Runway Australian Experimental Art (2019-2020) and served on the Firstdraft Board of Directors (2017-2018). Georgia graduated with a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership from the University of New South Wales Art & Design in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Asian Studies) from the University of Sydney.


 

Chloé Wolifson - Arts Writer, Researcher & Curator

Chloé Wolifson is an independent arts writer, researcher and curator based in Sydney, Australia. She is regularly commissioned to write critical reviews, catalogue essays, and reports on exhibitions and art fairs around the Asia-Pacific. Wolifson has curated and co-curated exhibitions and public programs in public, artist-run and commercial spaces and has over a decade’s experience in arts administration and management.

Cassandra Hard Lawrie - Curator & Visual Arts Coordinator, Willoughby City Council 

Cassandra Hard Lawrie has been the Curator & Visual Arts Coordinator at Willoughby City Council for two years. She coordinates Council’s Visual Arts branch, managing Incinerator Art Space, Art Space on The Concourse and Northbridge Artist Studios. She has curated a number of exhibitions for Council such as Grit!, Flame Seed and a solo exhibition by Wade Marynowsky, Algorithmic Pareidolia. Recently she curated the Vivid Ideas exhibition Future Abstract that was part of the Vivid Sydney at Chatswood precinct for 2019. This exhibition explored the impact of technology on the genre of abstract art. She also curated the Willoughby Visual Art Biennial 2017, Kaleidoscope, which was an arts festival showcasing gallery exhibitions, temporary public art installations in the Chatswood CBD, large scale video art, performance art and happenings.

Prior to this role, Cassandra worked as an Independent Curator, specialising in temporary public art and art prize management. She has been the past curator of HIDDEN; Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk, In Situ; Mosman Festival of Sculpture and Installation, and Sculpture in the Vineyards. She also project managed City of Ryde’s Women’s Art Prize, Sustainable Waste to Art Prize and the Hungry for Art Festival. She has curated many themed gallery exhibitions, including the co-curation ofMining Pyrite with Nick Vickers at The Armory for the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Cassandra is also an artist who has exhibited at the Tin Sheds Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (Manuka), Penrith Regional Gallery and UWS Gallery. She holds Bachelor of Arts (Visual) Honours from Australian National University and a Masters of Visual Arts (Studio and Research) from SCA, University of Sydney.