Jacina Leong is an artist-curator, educator and researcher. Over the past decade, she has worked in hybrid new media spaces, universities, national and international festivals, regional museums and galleries, libraries and schools—to vision, develop, and deliver a diverse range of transdisciplinary engagement programs, via highly collaborative, experimental and site-responsive processes. Most recently, Jacina was curator for Robotronica (Brisbane), project lead and founding member of the Guerrilla Knowledge Unit (Brisbane & Linz), guest facilitator of the Future Innovators Summit (Ars Electronica Tokyo Initiative), and co-curator of the provocation, Curating In The Age of Automation (Doing Digital Methods: Interdisciplinary Interventions, RMIT & Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto). She is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Design & Social Context, School of Media and Communications, at RMIT University. Her research explores critical-creative and careful curatorial approaches to social innovation practices.
From 2012 to 2017, Jacina worked at The Cube (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) establishing and pioneering the development of STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) education for school and university students, educators and pre-service teachers. This program involved key collaborations with local, national and international organisations. Her (Masters) thesis proposes a pedagogical framework for STEAM engagement informed by her practice at The Cube and research of leading North American exponents, and was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.
She has also worked as a sessional academic, in public program development at the Ipswich Art Gallery (Ipswich) and Creative Industries Precinct (Brisbane), collaborative learning space design and strategy, gallery management at Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane), and was advisor to the inaugural Make Nice un-conference at VIVID Festival (Sydney).
Jacina is currently living and working in Melbourne—in doing so, she acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands she works and lives on, and respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present.