Liz Nowell is the inaugural CEO of ACE Open and former Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA). During her time as Executive Director, Liz oversaw the merger between two significant contemporary arts organisations, CACSA and AEAF, which led to the formation of ACE Open in late 2016. Prior to this she was based in Sydney, where she worked as an independent curator, writer and lecturer between 2012 and 2015. During this period she managed a number of artist studios and worked on large- scale projects with artists including Tony Albert, Alex Seton and Khadim Ali. In 2015, Liz undertook a four month curatorial placement at the Brooklyn Museum, New York where she contributed to a major research project for the Sackler Center of Feminist Art. In 2014 she Co-Directed SafARI, the unofficial fringe festival of the Biennale of Sydney. In this role Liz doubled the festival’s funding, to present work from 26 emerging Australian artists across seven venues. She has lectured in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the Sydney College of the Arts and regularly contributes to contemporary art discourse across a range of publications and public forums. She is the recipient of a New Work Grant (Early Career), Early Career Residency Grant (both Australia Council for the Arts) and a Dame Joan Sutherland Foundation Grant. Between 2006 and 2012 Liz held curatorial and administrative positions at the University of NSW Art and Design, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Tandanya and Country Arts SA.