2019 Management Committee



Gail Carnes, Chair

Gail has more than 30 years of experience in supporting the arts as a corporate sponsor, arts administrator, State arts commissioner (New Mexico) and board director. Relevant experience includes the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque (executive director), New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (director), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (director), Carclew Youth Arts (general manager), Adelaide Fringe (CEO), Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia (director), and the Community Foundation of South Australia (founding director). Her formal qualifications are in environmental science, specialising in the areas of planning, stakeholder engagement and regulatory compliance. She is a fellow of the Leadership Institute of South Australia and currently works in the Aboriginal Justice Unit of the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice.



Tessa Duke, Vice-chair

Tessa is a trained glass artist with a 10 year foundation working in the field of heritage stained glass. She has worked as a contemporary glass artist for nine years, running her own business and exhibiting regularly throughout that time. She is a founding member of The Glass Group, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit association established to support emerging glass artists, and is experienced in working in the not-for-profit and community arts sector in arts administration, events management and program coordination. Tessa has previously served as Events Coordinator at Tactile Arts and is currently working as the Engagement Officer at The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.



 Jocelyn Tribe, Secretary

Jocelyn is a Darwin based printmaker with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Victorian College of the Arts. She has extensive experience in cross-cultural art projects, from urban to remote communities and is committed to the growth of the arts sector in the Northern Territory. She has worked across Indigenous, refugee, mental health and non-Indigenous contexts expanding on community development from a creative and collaborative perspective. She encourages the practice of art to be invitational and trauma-informed while being dedicated to creating spaces that are accessible, inclusive and person-centered.

She believes that mindfulness and heartfulness actions such as art making have a profound potential for both personal and interpersonal healing. Jocelyn is honoured to have the opportunity to be a Management Committee member and is also humbled to have been nominated by the members of Tactile Arts to join in the development of such an important space that holds many possibilities for social change.



Nardi Ling, Treasurer

Nardi Ling has a degree in social work and has been working in that field for 20 years.  She currently works as a social worker for Defence, and has previously worked in women’s refuges, prisons, community mental health, and child protection.  She also has qualifications in Personal Training and Fitness Instruction, Occupational Health and Safety, and Arts and Contemporary Craft.  Since arriving in Darwin in 2013, Nardi has held both voluntary and paid positions within Tactile Arts, and has worked across all areas of the organisation.



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