Guest Work Agency® is an art advisory and law firm for artists, galleries and collectors. We proudly represent clients based in Australia and internationally, including the key clients listed here.
Guest Work Agency is also a curatorial practice, initiating its own exhibitions, talks and texts at the intersection of art, curating and the law. Our name draws its inspiration from the first independent curating enterprise which was initiated by the groundbreaking Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, Agentur für Geistige Gastarbeit (Agency for Intellectual Guest Work).
WHO WE ARE
Alana Kushnir, Director and Founder
Alana is a curator and lawyer based in Melbourne, Australia. Alana is also a sessional lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne, where she lectures in postgraduate and undergraduate programs on curating, contemporary art, and legal issues in the arts, media and publishing sectors. She is a Director of the Lyon Foundation, a new Australian non-profit public art museum.
Alana was previously the General Counsel and Cultural Program Executive for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Prior to this, she worked at one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, King & Wood Mallesons, where she specialised in trade practices and consumer law and undertook secondments at Cadbury and Telstra. In 2013 she completed the prestigious MFA Curating programme at Goldsmiths in London. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and a Bachelor of Laws - each with First Class Honours - from the The University of Melbourne. She is a former Board Member of Invisible Inc, which produces Runway, an independent Australian experimental art journal and Bus Projects, Melbourne.
Upcoming and recent curated exhibitions include 'Enter' (co-curator) at Lyon Housemuseum Galleries, Melbourne (November 2018), 'Collection+: Christian Thompson' at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney (October 2015), 'Tabularium' at Slopes, Melbourne (2014), 'Open Curator Studio' at Artspace, Sydney and online at joeyholder.com (2013), 'Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument' at the ICA, London (2012 - 2013), 'Paraproduction' at Boetzelaer|Nispen Gallery, Amsterdam (2012), 'TV Dinners' at BUS Projects, Melbourne (2012), 'Acoustic Mirrors' (co-curator) at the Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012).
Alana has presented her research and writing in a wide range of contemporary art publications, academic journals and books including the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Leonardo Almanac, UnMagazine, as well as at conferences, lectures and public talks including at The National Museum of Art (Osaka), Institute of Modern Art (IMA) (Brisbane), Art in Law in Art Conference, UWA Law School (Perth), Photography Studies College (Melbourne), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Sydney), Banner Repeater (London), Boetzelaer|Nispen (Amsterdam), RMIT University (Melbourne), AAAANZ Art Association Australia and New Zealand Conference (Melbourne), The University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
Helen Sweatman, Associate Advisor
Helen is an art advisor based in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a sessional lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne, where she lectures at postgraduate level on cultural economics.
Helen has extensive experience providing art advisory services in both the Australian and International art markets. She co-founded the commercial contemporary art gallery, Fort Delta (Melbourne) - successfully building up a roster of artists and collectors with her business partner, James Bowen. In 2015, she moved to New York to complete a Master of Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and then went on to become the Director of Sales and Logistics at the New York art consulting firm, DinaburgArts LLC. In this role, she primarily dealt blue-chip artwork to private collectors, and also worked on a number of special projects with corporate partners. While working at DinaburgArts LLC, Helen helped establish Art Legacy Planning LLC (New York), which has quickly grown to be a leading manager of artists’ estates in the US.