Mandorla Curator Announcement

17 August, 2023

We warmly welcome our Curator of the Mandorla Art Award, Erin Coates.

Over the last few months, Erin has added her expertise and insights to the Mandorla Committee and we are delighted to have her on board planning the 2024 Art Award. Her enthusiasm to work with the Award is something that we are excited about.

Erin is a creative producer and artist living in Boorloo Perth. She has worked in various professional arts roles over the past two decades, including as a creative producer, writer for national arts journals, academic and public art coordinator. Throughout her career Erin has undertaken freelance curatorial projects and she also held the role of Special Projects Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre for nearly a decade, where she worked on a number of key Western Australian exhibitions and national touring projects. Erin is a senior adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia and she holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Coates’ work is shown in both galleries and film festivals in Australia and abroad, including: rīvus: 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), Erin Coates // videos and movies // 2011-2020Art Gallery of Western Australia (2021), Adelaide Biennial: Monster Theatres at the Art Gallery of South Australia (2020), Videobrasil – 21st Contemporary Art Biennial | Imagined Communities, São Paulo, Brasil (2019), Driving to the Ends of the Earth, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan (2018), The National: New Australian Art, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017).

“I am passionate about supporting and sharing the work of Australian artists and the Mandorla Art Award provides an excellent opportunity for artists to show in a high calibre and thought-provoking exhibition context. I feel honoured to be able to contribute to this award and look forward to working with artists at all points of their careers and from across Australia.”

Photo credit: Bo Wong