Anthony and Beverly Knight are long-time supporters of Australian artists and in particular renowned for their support of Indigenous artists and their families.
With strong business links to the wider community, their expertise and passion for the arts in general, have forged relationships of mutual benefit culminating in remarkable success stories.
Beverly Knight is the Executive Director of Alcaston Gallery and oversees all aspects of the business including curating exhibitions.
Her direct relationships with artists especially those with difficult pathways to exhibit their work including artists from remote Australian Indigenous communities, hands-on workshops, and her love, respect and understanding of their families and cultures that have seen many fledgling artists and groups find pathways to recognition and financial independence over the last twenty five years.
She is also honoured to be the Patron of Bindi Inc. – Mwerre Anthurre Artists. Bindi Inc. is a cross-cultural collective based in Alice Springs, established more than 20 years ago to provide a wide range of options and services to people with a disability.
- Beverly is the former National President of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA) www.acga.com.au
- From 2006 Beverly Knight was a Member of reference group with NAVA on developing the Code of Conduct for the Indigenous Arts Sector and subsequently a member of the industry reference group conducted by The Australia Council in conjunction with the Australian Government in the drafting of the code. Now operational she was a founding Board member of the company administering the Code called The Indigenous Art Code. She resigned her Directorship in November 2010.
- Beverly and Alcaston Gallery fully supports the fair trade for all artists including Indigenous artist.
- In 2010 Beverly Knight was appointed to the CAL Resale Royalty industry reference group, which acts to advise the CAL board and administration on the new legislation and its implication for the art market, introduced in Australia on 8th June 2010.
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Beverly Knight has been a trail blazer in indigenous sport especially AFL. She has been the guardian mother of six young indigenous boys and girls from the Northern Territory and Tiwi Islands over the past 25 years, enabling them to be educated in Melbourne and support their interest in sport.
She was a director of AFL Sportsready 1995 - 2009, and over saw the development of the company to train professional young men and women in all aspects of sport all over Australia. Developing career opportunities for AFL players whilst playing, but also post career has been a focus; so too the successful training of Indigenous young people.
In 2013, AFL Sportsready Pty Ltd introduced ArtsReady, an education and employment traineeship for young people interested in a career in the arts.
Beverly Knight was a director of the Essendon Football club 1993 – 2010, retiring in December 2010 after 17 years. In 2010 she also chaired the Nomination and Governance Committee resulting in her leading the way stepping down, allowing the appointed Directors from a wide range of possible candidates to take their place on the Board in a strategic manner over the next 3 years and beyond.
Beverly’s commitment to sport, especially with regards to AFL and the Essendon Football Club, is a family trait. Her late grandfather Tom Stephens was also a director of Essendon, and president of the 2nd eighteen and the Essendon Club.
In 2009 she became the first Essendon Football Club director appointed position on the Tiwi Bombers Football Club Board in Darwin representing the Tiwi players and people from Bathurst and Melville Island in the Northern Territory. In 2010 she also became the Treasurer of the club. During her time at the Tiwi Bombers, Governance and accountability grew but most importantly Tiwi Bombers won the NTFL Premiership in 2012 after only 5 years in the league. Knight did not seek re-election in 2012/13 year due to work commitments.
Anthony Knight is a recognised creative talent sought for his public speaking, curatorial and private collection management skills. He is the managing consultant to the decorative arts Museum Beleura at Mornington, Victoria.
· Director of the Tallis Foundation, a charitable Trust involved in the decorative arts
· Board member of the Council of the National Trust of Australia
· Member of the Attingham Society
· Chief consultant to the decorative arts Museum Beleura at Mornington, Victoria.
· In 2007 Anthony was awarded the Order of Australia medal -OAM for service to heritage conservation and the arts in Victoria, particularly through the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and associated organisations, and through the promotion of Indigenous art.
Marielle Soni was appointed Director of Alcaston Gallery in February 2016. She has over 18 years professional arts experience promoting contemporary Australian art within the public and private sectors.
· As Senior Curator with Alcaston Gallery between1998 - 2003, she is familiar with many of our dedicated clients and artists, and shares the values of our committed business.
· Marielle was Manager of Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Melville Island in the Northern Territory, an Aboriginal Corporation and Art Centre supporting local community Tiwi artists, and internationally acclaimed artists Pedro Wonaeamirri, Timothy Cook and the late Kitty Kantilla.
· In 2004 she was appointed Senior Art Consultant of the popular Federal Government contemporary art collection and support program Artbank, heading their Melbourne operations for 11 years. Her specialised knowledge of contemporary art practice in Australia, and her commitment to excellent customer service was integral for the success of the program in the Melbourne market.
· Marielle currently sits on the Board of Melbourne Award winning arts organisation CLIMARTE - Arts for a Safe Climate, the management team behind the successful 2015 and ongoing biennial Arts festival ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE. Marielle was appointed to the Board in 2014.
Marielle is committed to building new audiences for contemporary art, understanding the value of a life engaged with fine art, design and the creative process. She promotes the rewarding creative and academic processes of collecting, and is enthusiastic in her support of our represented artists and their practices.