The Fox Galleries Team
Michael Fox is the Director of Fox Galleries as well as the Principal of Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer. He is a certified accountant, fine art valuer and art collector. He holds a Master of Tax from the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Fox is a member of the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia AVAA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.
Michael believes Australian society is enriched by having a vibrant cultural sector and has fought for fairer taxation and superannuation policies for the arts. Michael’s advocacy and expertise has been featured in articles in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and more, as well as in radio interviews and podcasts.
In 2006 Fox established and ran the Queensland division of the national startup Joel Fine Art until its sale to the international auction house Bonhams in 2008. At Joel Fine Art Fox sourced and sold important artworks including Ancestors at Milmilingkan by John Marwundjul, which set a record as the highest sale price for an Aboriginal bark painting. He also worked with the Charles Blackman Trust to present a sold out private treaty exhibition of works from the artist’s studio spanning 40 years.
From 2009 to 2011, Fox was the Australian Art Market Advisor to Lowensteins Arts Management, Melbourne. In 2010 Michael ran the successful Save Super Art campaign that prevented the proposed ban on artwork investment by super funds. In 2012 Fox established Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer. He completed his Masters in Tax from 2012 to 2015. In 2015 Fox co-founded Outlaw Gallery along with Barry Tate in Warrnambool, which provides art therapy classes for the disabled community of Western Victoria.
In 2016 Fox re-established Fox Galleries and relocated his practice to Collingwood, Melbourne. In 2017 Fox became the Public Fund Administrator of the The Baldessin Press & Studio Inc.
Amanda Ribas Tugwell is the Manager of Fox Galleries and an art writer. At the gallery she works directly with our artists to present exhibitions, including writing, promotion, artwork documentation, filmmaking and curatorship.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography & Media from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles. In 2008 and 2010 she was a grant recipient of the Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. From 2010 to 2013 she worked as a Program Coordinator at CalArts’ non-profit arts education organisation CAP. In 2013 she moved to Berlin and was the Studio Manager to artist Steve Sabella, and later the Assistant Editor of his memoir The Parachute Paradox, published by Kerber Verlag in 2016. From 2015 to 2016 she was the Art Editor of Exberliner Magazine. Since 2017 she has been based in Melbourne.
Tugwell’s art writing has appeared in Art+Australia, Beat Magazine, Exberliner Magazine and Daily Serving. She has extensive freelance experience as an editor, ghost writer, photographer, videographer, art handler and archivist.