about beverly knight

Beverly Knight is a successful self-employed multi-business manager. Over many years, Knight’s achievements have included Board Directorships, Governance and Industry Reference groups associated with Hospitality, Property, Sport and the Arts. Presently, Knight’s primary interest and expertise lie in the Arts, though she is often sought in other industries for her business acumen and experience.

Beverly Knight Art + Business is a natural progression for Beverly Knight, also the Director of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (1989 – current). Her consultancy and expertise provide an often needed arm’s – length approach to issues and exhibitions relating to representing artists and the Estates of Artists; and for the development of exhibition and commercial pathways for artists, including copyright and reproduction rights.

Beverly Knight; Artwork: Punu Tjukurpa, 2013, Kunmanara Tjupuru Burton, Ray Ken, Mick Wikilyiri & Brenton Ken


As Founding Director of Alcaston Gallery since 1989, Beverly Knight has helped establish and foster the successful careers of now celebrated artists including Pedro Wonaeamirri, Gulumbu Yunupingu (c. 1943 – 2012), Nonggirrnga Marawili, Kitty Kantilla (c.1928- 2003), Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (c.1936- 2002), Eubena Yupinya Nampitjin (c. 1921 – 2013), Tiger Yaltangki, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 – 2015), and Pacific artists from Samoa and New Zealand. She has also been pivotal in the development and planning of many art centres that are now established arts hubs for artists across the country. Knight’s early interest in the First Nation artists from Papunya in the Northern Territory helped her establish a collection of early paintings by senior Pintupi and Luritja men, including archival notes and information from key people at the time including Geoffrey Bardon.

Knight’s passion and talent lie in finding pathways for artists – leading to their financial security, and both national and international recognition. Well-travelled, especially across remote Australia and overseas, Knight has an excellent knowledge of current issues facing artists generally; with a canny sense of timing and a large network of colleagues.

Across her long career, she has become renowned for her keen eye for emerging artists, which is now reflected in the history of artists she has represented and the collection of their oeuvres in significant archives and museum collections. Knight is also currently the Agent for several artist Estates including Ginger Riley Munduwalawala (c.1936- 2002), Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 – 2015).

As an arts business manager, Beverly Knight is highly regarded for her ability to address issues decisively and is known for her foresight in both business and industry planning. Her ability to place art in interiors creating exceptional spaces is highly regarded, and she has acted as a consultant on several major public art projects including for the Brisbane Supreme Court, and the Brisbane Airport Corporation and numerous significant national and international exhibitions including Ginger Riley Munduwalawala’s retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1997, and Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s international survey exhibition at the prestigious Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and Milan in 2022-2023, amongst others. Please visit Beverly Knight’s Projects for more information.


Knight has also spent many years in sports administration, and at the highest level this includes being a board member for the Essendon Football Club (1993-2010). As the first woman elected to an AFL Club Board, the AFL has acknowledged Knight’s trailblazing activities in supporting women in sport, but also for her advocacy and support of Indigenous players and their families over many years. Her continuing passion for the sport is still highly regarded, and she is often called upon as an advocate, consultant and speaker.

Essendon Football Club Premiers 2000