Kon Gouriotis OAM
Kon has held leadership roles in the Visual Arts since 1995.
He was Director at the Australian Centre for Photography; Director, Visual Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts; Director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum, where he oversaw the multi-million dollar capital refurbishment of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2008).
His curatorial successes include touring international and national exhibitions in Asia and Europe: the Making Change exhibition to the National Art Museum of China, Beijing and College of Fine Arts, Sydney; Longitude/Latitude: Stephen Copland, Gosford Regional Gallery NSW; Robert Besanko Contemplations Australian Centre for Photography, and as founding Curator of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Nam Bang!; Local Portraits; Viet Nam Voices: Australians & The Vietnam War; East of Somewhere; Cheo Chai-Hiang: The Thirty-Six Strategies; 1998-1996 Pacific Wave Festival of Contemporary Pacific Arts; 1998-1996 Arabmade; 1998-1997 Swish; 1997-1995 Viet Nam Voices.
Other achievements include re-establishment of Photofile peak national photographic magazine (2013), numerous artists’ monographs and exhibition publications.
In 2013 he established Artist Projects, an independent office dedicated to visual arts research, writing, curating and administration nationally and internationally. He is a regular writer for Australian Art Monthly, Asian Art News, ArtAND, Contemporary Visual Art + Culture Broadsheet and Artlink.
He was a Council member of the University of Western Sydney Regional Council, a Council member of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia’s Heritage Committee, and a member of Kultour Network from 2004 to 2007. From 1999 to 2003 he was Chair of the Community Cultural Development Committee for the NSW Ministry for the Arts and sat on the Arts Advisory Committee for the NSW Ministry for the Arts (now Arts NSW).
He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney and an MA in Arts Administration from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. In October 2004 Kon was awarded an Order of Australian Medal for services to the Arts in Western Sydney.