Management Committee



Gail Carnes

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.



Nardi Ling

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.



Jocelyn Tribe

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.






General Manager

Tessa Duke

Tess has more than 13 years’ experience in the arts as a glass artist, business owner and arts administrator. Many members will know Tess from her prior employment with Tactile Arts, during which time she very capably managed craft fairs and special events.  

Since then she’s been working as the Engagement Officer for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory whilst also serving in the role of Vice-chair of the Management Committee. With her calm demeanour and generous advice based on first-hand knowledge of Tactile Arts operations, Tess has been a steadying influence in a transitional year. We are confident that under her leadership Tactile Arts will stabilise, grow and thrive.


Programs and Administration Officer

Ned Roberts

Ned is an arts administrator and artist with an interest in textile pattern design. He comes to us from the Sapphire Coast of NSW where he’s had extensive involvement in gallery operations. He has a passion for promoting the decorative arts and crafts as an integral part of the wider art industry.

Ned has worked for the past four years with the Bega Valley Regional Gallery as gallery assistant and volunteer coordinator. His experience includes streamlining and maintaining administration procedures, designing marketing collateral and social media campaigns, implementing community engagement and workshop programs to activate strategic planning, all round staff and volunteer support, facility management and exhibition installation.


Retail Shop Coordinator 

Linda Pfau

Engaging and enthusiastic, Linda brings a wealth of knowledge to the role gained through a qualification in retail and nearly 30 years’ experience with some of Australia’s leading retailers. Artists and shop volunteers will hear from Linda directly by email and will no doubt have a chance to meet her soon.