Elevations Laos

The Partnership

Founder of elevations Laos & The spellbrook foundation, Gary Stafford

Stella co-founder Khouanfa Siriphone

Stella co-Founder, Souphaphone Dangmany

Elevations Laos was founded by Gary Stafford of The Spellbrook Foundation (ACN 603 929 871). Spellbrook provides assistance to communities in developing countries with a focus on Laos.

Gary was the founding Managing Director of PanAust Limited which, through its subsidiary Phu Bia Mining, became a major contributor to Lao GDP and the improvement of regional infrastructure, skills and livelihoods. Under Gary’s leadership, PanAust grew from a junior exploration company to an S&P/ASX 100 company.

Gary left PanAust in November 2014 and founded Spellbrook in early 2015.  http://www.spellbrook.com

Souphaphone Dangmany and Khouanfa Siriphone are the co-founders of STELLA, a non-profit, social enterprise focusing on youth empowerment in Laos through a wide range of projects. In 2018, STELLA manages UNESCO-funded MOOM Project, which supports Lao creative practitioners in cultural and creative industries to explore sustainable approaches to their crafts.

STELLA also supports OXFAM in Laos, engaging with Lao youth in 5 provinces through Paper Animation via Mobile Phones project. In collaboration with ChildFund Laos, STELLA provides R&D service to ignite provincial youth’s imagination through hands-on, choose-your-own adventure fantasy writing workshop.

STELLA is the local partner of Elevations Laos, proving administration and facilitation support to its exhibition, symposium and public programs.

Elevations Laos is a partnership comprising Australian registered charities: The Spellbrook Foundation Fund and the Global Development Group; and their Lao registered partner STELLA.

  1. THE SPELLBROOK FOUNDATION FUND (ABN 71 502 819 388) is a registered private charity in Australia and is the Australian funding partner.  Spellbrook coordinates funding, volunteers and communicates issues while co-partnering with Global Development Group in supervising the project. 
  2. GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP (ABN 57 102 400 993) is a registered public charity in Australia and is responsible for managing, protecting and stewardship of the Australian Government’s interest in the project and is accountable to its various departments[1]. GDG will maintain general oversight; accounting for and transfer of funds; monitoring, evaluating, and ensuring promotional compliance of the project.
  3. STELLA is the In-Country Partner and is registered in Laos as a Social Venture.  STELLA implements and locally manages the project in regards to accountability for the funds sent through GDG, regular reporting, complaints handling, and informing Spellbrook and GDG of news and any major issues relating to the project.

In the inaugural year of Elevations Laos, we are proud to have received the co-funding support of Australian Aid through The Australian Embassy in Laos.

[1] Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT); Australian Taxation Office (ATO): Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC); Australian Council for International Aid and Development (ACFID)

2018-2019 Exhibition team

Artistic Director and Curator, Erin Gleeson

Curatorial Assistant, Many Sin

Gallery proprietor,
Catherine O’Brien 

Intern, Soupha Phongsavath

The Little House, Yoko Masushima

Erin Gleeson is the founding curator and artistic director of the inaugural Elevations Laos 2018-19 exhibition and public program, supported by Curatorial Assistant, Sin Many.

Erin is a curator focusing on contemporary art in SE Asia. Previous projects include Season of Cambodia visual arts residency and the public program IN RESIDENCE, NYC; the exhibition and book Phnom Penh: Rescue Archeology/ Contemporary Art and Urban Change in Cambodia ifa, Germany; and the 4th Singapore Biennale. She was a nominee for the 2012 ICI Independent Vision Award and the recipient of a 2013 Foundation for Arts Initiatives travel grant. Erin was formerly the Artistic Director of SA SA BASSAC, an exhibition and residency space and reading room dedicated to facilitating, archiving, and mediating contemporary art projects and dialogues in and from Cambodia.

The Lao gallery partner is the i:cat gallery (proprietor Catherine O’Brien supported by intern, (Luck) Soupha Phongsavath. The Reading Room is provided by The Little House (Yoko Masushima).