Mariam Arcilla was born in Singapore, and is a Gold Coast based cultural developer, curator and writer. She completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts and BA Honours degree at Griffith University, and has a background in project management and public relations. Mariam currently works as a Cultural Development Project Officer at Gold Coast City Council and is co-founder/co-director of rabbit+cocoon, a multi-arts precinct launching in 2011. In between she writes and researches for organizations, and curates or exhibits in galleries and artist-run spaces.
Previously, Mariam co-established 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, and for two years as its director, facilitated its professional development programs, which included monthly exhibitions, artist talks and workshops. She was co-founder/project director of‘tinygold‘ artist-run initiative, which utilised alternative spaces to showcase the works of emerging local artists. She is a recipient of several Arts Qld and RADF grants. Since 2006 Mariam has been involved in numerous volunteer-based community arts projects in Gold Coast and Brisbane.