Key people

Lara Thoms
Lara Thoms is a queer artist interested in socially engaged, site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art and performance. Her work is inter-disciplinary and has been shown in visual art, theatrical and site-specific contexts over the last fifteen years. Lara was shortlisted for the Victorian Creative State commission in 2018 and recent work includes; sold out season of The Director, ArtsHouse, which in 2019 tours to the Opera House, SICK! and ANTI festivals; co-creator of the major public art project ICON by Field Theory at Federation Square; collaborative work Before the Siren, Perth International Arts Festival; and We all Know What’s Happening, touring to Campbelltown Arts Centre, Vitalstatistix, Theatrespektakle and Nooderzen festivals in 2019. Lara was an artistic associate with APHIDS from 2012 before taking up the co-directorship. In 2016 she was a resident artist at The Malthouse, created A Singular Phenomenon for the Merlyn theatre, and was named a Creative Australia Fellow by the Australia Council for the Arts. Other collaborations for and with people beyond the arts include the commission for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hello Big Institution; Single Channel Video; and MCA’s C3 West commission.

Eugenia Lim
Eugenia Lim works across video, performance and installation to explore nationalism and stereotypes with a critical but humorous eye. Lim invents personas to explore alienation and belonging in a globalised world, activating public and private space. Her work has been exhibited, screened and performed at the TATE Modern, Dark MOFO, ACCA, Melbourne Festival, Next Wave, GOMA, ACMI, Asia TOPA, firstdraft, Artereal Gallery, FACT Liverpool and EXiS Seoul. She has been artist in-residence with the Experimental Television Centre NY, Bundanon Trust, 4A Beijing Studio and the Robin Boyd Foundation and was co-founder of Channels Festival. Lim co-wrote and hosts Video Becomes Us (ABC iView) and in 2018-20, she is a Gertrude Contemporary studio artist. In 2019, Lim is included in The National 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and her solo exhibition The Ambassador will tour across Australia in 2019–21 (presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums and Galleries NSW). Her work is held in public and private collections internationally.

Mish Grigor
The work of Mish Grigor is situated in the performing arts as a maker, writer and performer. She is interested in the politics of performance, and explores the intersections and tensions between popular entertainment and experimental practices.  As co-director of POST, formed in 2003, recent works include ‘Ich Nibber Dibber’, a Sydney Festival/Campbelltown Arts Centre commission which toured to Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre Melbourne; and ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’, for Belvoir St Theatre/Sydney Festival, which toured nationally. In 2017 she co-directed a new production of ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’ in Cantonese for The Black Box Festival, Hong Kong, commissioned by West Kowloon Cultural District and Hong Kong Rep Theatre. She has shown work at Norderzon Festival (The Netherlands), Forest Fringe (UK), BAC (UK), Darwin Festival, Pica Perth, Liveworks/ Performance Space Sydney, Brisbane Powerhouse, and The Unconformity Festival, amongst others. She is a recent Marten Bequest Fellow.

Operations Manager, Graphic Designer
Rebecca McCauley
Rebecca McCauley brings her formal training in graphic design and curatorship studies to her work at APHIDS, where she is particularly interested in the theoretical and practical intersections of these fields, in the neo-colonial context of Australia. Originally a SUPERMASSIVE intern she has been employed as a designer for APHIDS since 2013, and stepped into the Operations role in 2017.

International Producer
Alison Halit

Finance Officer
Au Nguyen

Zilla and Brook


Chair Vivien Allimonos
Treasurer Greer Evans
Secretary Lz Dunn

Willoh S. Weiland
Georgie Meagher
Marc Goldenfein

Previous Committee Members
David Young, Shourov Bhattacharya, Cynthia Troup, Rosemary Joy, Eugene Schlusser, Hugh Adamson, Louise Curham, Margaret Cameron, Peter Humble, Natasha Anderson, Colin Sneesby, Geoffrey Morris, Bec Reid, Fiona Brook, Tristan Meecham.

Aphids acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land upon which we work. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.