Yuki Kawakami is a creative producer, educator and curator with a background in dance and performance. She has over 10 years of experience in the arts producing extensively for special exhibitions and collection programs, leading youth mentorship and professional development opportunities for students, and managing scholarships, prizes and international residencies awarded to emerging and established artists nationally.
She is currently a programs producer focusing on youth and tertiary-sector engagement at the Art Gallery of NSW and has recently completed her term as the chairperson and co-director of artist-led space Firstdraft, based in Woolloomooloo. She has worked on program partnerships with the City of Sydney, The Japan Foundation, Performance Space, Beirut Art Centre, Art Month, Macquarie University, The University of Sydney, The Arts Unit for the Department of Education, among others.
In 2019, she was the assistant curator of the major exhibition Japan supernatural, and creative producer of its associated Sydney Festival program Night parade of one hundred goblins. In 2017, she was awarded the Edmund Capon Fellowship to research youth engagement programs in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Prior to her career in the arts, she was an elementary and junior high school English-language paraprofessional for the Japanese Ministry of Education in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan and was responsible for co-designing lesson plans and resources informed by the national curriculum.