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Alice Lang Bio

Alice Lang

Born in Byron Bay in 1983, Alice Lang is an Australian artist currently based in Brisbane. In 2004, Lang completed her Honours in Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology and was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery Hobday and Hingston Bursary. Her work was included in Fresh Cut at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane and she was artist in residence at Metro Arts, Brisbane in 2005. She was artist in residence at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture in Dawson City, Canada and was announced winner of the pictures category of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards in 2006. Lang has recently returned from a 2 month residency at the Art Students League of New York in Sparkill, New York and has been awarded the Queensland Art Gallery Melville Haysom Scholarship.

www.alicelang.com

Kristy Ayre Bio

Kristy Ayre

Kristy is a Melbourne based dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been working professionally since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in 2001.

As a performer for Melbourne based dance company Chunky Move she has toured the world performing in various International Arts Festivals and major Arts Venues. Recent performance credits include Mortal Engine, I want to dance better at parties, Tense Dave and the 2006 solo Glow for which she is now also Rehearsal Director.

As well as Chunky Move, Kristy has also performed for Prue Lang, Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica and Kim Itoh (Japan).

In 2008 Kristy choreographed her first solo work rabbeat as part of Lucy Guerin Inc's Pieces for Small Spaces and was Choreographic Assistant on Eddie Perfect's Shane Warne the Musical.

Kristy is a collaborator and performer for Luke George's LIFE-SIZE and is currently developing a new work titled Now...Now..Now. for 2010.

Carl Scrase Bio

Carl Scrase

The reason I make art is because I have always been uncomfortable in reality; it just doesn't all sit in a nice sequential order for me. I have a questioning mind, and the more I play, poke and ponder with the veil of reality the more problems seem to arise.

I believe everyone struggles in some manner with the metaphysical question of: Where are we? Why are we? Who are we? And what are we when we are not anymore? That is why I present work to the public. Don't get me wrong I don't believe I have any profound answers, but I think people take solace that there is someone else struggling with the big questions.

Carl has shown extensively throughout Melbourne's artist run spaces, commercial galleries and festivals with 22 shows in the last few years.

Carl is represented by John Buckley gallery in Melbourne.

www.johnbuckley.com.au

Shakthi Sivanathan Bio

Shakthi Sivanathan

Shakthi founded CuriousWorks in 2005. His first initiative was The Migrant Project. From 2005-2007, The Migrant Project involved 40 Sydneysiders with cultural and artistic ancestries from across the globe, and was a series of live performances and forums, garnering an audience of just over 2,000 people. Shakthi is in the final stages of a feature film and interactive DVD that will conclude the project.

His second initiative is All Around You. All Around You is system for using digital media in a simple, positive, lasting manner in marginalised communities. Currently the system is being developed through 3 year partnerships in two regions: Western Sydney (urban) and the Pilbara, Western Australia (remote). In early 2010 All Around You will be available as a resource kit that will allow any organisation or group of individuals to implement it in their own community.

Shakthi also writes and produces his own music under the moniker ASI.

http://www.curiousworks.com.au
virb.com/asi

Mish Grigor Bio

Mish Grigor

Mish Grigor is a Sydney-based artist. She is one third of the performance group post whose work Gifted and Talented won Best Performance at the 2007 Melbourne Fringe Awards, as well as the Adelaide Fringe Touring Award. In 2008 they were Kickstart recipients in the Next Wave Festival. In 2009 post will present Shamelessly Glitzy Work at Performance Space, Sydney; Brisbane Powerhouse and Arts House, Melbourne. The piece has been developed through residencies at Bundanon, CULTURELab, and Performance Space.

Mish is co-director of The Imperial Panda Festival, a festival of new works of theatre by young artists presented in non-traditional venues across the inner city. In 2008 The Imperial Panda Festival was nominated for The Sydney Music, Arts and Culture Awards' SMAC Of The Year Award. Mish is also co-director of Quarterbred, an ARI focused on finding funding, residency and performance contexts for emerging artists working in hybrid art forms

Dario Vacirca Bio

Dario Vacirca

Dario is a contemporary artist and producer working across visual, performance and conceptual art. Dedicated to creating public art projects that transcend form and expectation, he has been creating original 'new genre' art works since leaving the 5 Angry Men and starting WELL in 1999.

Dario created the ongoing large-scale interactive installation - Great Wall of Books in 2004 - a ten-year project. In 2007/8, Dario led well through a 3-month residency with the project in Macau SAR, China, followed by a season in Melbourne.

Dario was artist in residence at Bains::Connective in Brussels, Belgium in November 2007. His work there was intimate, process driven and audience oriented; creating live art environments and experiences for one person at a time.

Having directed, created or collaborated on many contemporary art and performance projects Dario is currently directing a viral-dance multiplication (live and online) work; producing a new work for Next Wave Festival and is an associate producer with Aphids.

Dario is a member of numerous boards and committees, including Head Quarters - a curated lab for cross-disciplinary arts practice and is a panel member for Arts Victoria's Community Partnerships Program.

Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart Bio

Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart

Lachlan is a new media creative director, working across many forms of live performance and interactive digital public events. His broad methodology is primarily concerned with placing audiences in unique experiences that elicit a sense of magic and illusion from an otherwise rationally predictable world. Recent works include Dial D for Disaster [Format Festival '09], Suburban Giants [Feast Festival '08], Blink [Best of The South Australian Screen Awards '09] and acting as the video artist on Bedroom Dancing [Come Out Festival '09, Restless Dance Theatre]. Lachlan is also a performer; performing with Restless Dance Theatre for the past four years in over six major productions. He also reluctantly takes credit for the infamous public dance troupe The John Farnham Dance Collective, a dance posse dedicated to the resurrection of forgotten pop icons!

www.lachlantetlowstuart.com

Lauren Brincat Bio

Lauren Brincat

Lauren Brincat was born and bred in the suburbs of Sydney. In 2004, she graduated with First Class Honours from Sydney College of the Arts in Painting, and received Her Masters in 2006.

Currently she is working with a performative and sculptural practice predominantly focused on the drum kit. Her growing understanding of its significance, role and language within the context of art has seen it feature heavily in and around her work. Lauren frequently destroys and dis-empowers this rock music icon. The artists concerns are the artistic crossovers of rock'n'roll and painting, each constantly being referred to as dead, each constantly being reinvented.

Lauren currently lives and works in the Inner West of Sydney, she has featured in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship exhibition in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 she won the Mosman Westpac art prize.

Daniel Tanner Bio

Daniel Tanner

Daniels' work revolves around an open exploration of cognition and relative phenomena. Surreal imagery and pop visions of our modern social civilisation are cultivated through a hybrid of technology and traditional media.

His work has shown at Mori gallery Sydney, Blacktown Arts Centre and The College of Fine Arts, as well as featuring work annually at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Zine-fair.

He holds a BA specialising in Electronic Arts from the University of Western Sydney (2006) and in late 2008 completed an intensive 3-week photography course in Japan through the University of New South Wales.

Currently working part-time at Big Kahuna Imagineering, Daniel develops sculptural and installation work for clients within the marketing, film/TV, fine arts and advertising worlds. In the past 2 years he has created campaign material for Coca Cola, Optus, Big Day Out, Nescafe, Jack Daniels and Bankwest.

www.danieltanner.com

Dominic Finlay-Jones Bio

Dominic Finlay-Jones

Dominic Finlay-Jones was born in London, grew up in Fremantle and Canberra, before moving to Sydney to study architecture. Whilst in Sydney, he completed an apprenticeship under renown Sydney-School architect - Bruce Rickard.

Three years ago his wife won a fbi radio competition for a Splendour in the Grass weekend in Byron Bay. After that, they moved north.

Since the move Dominic has been working on an innovative mixed-use creative industries village in Byron Bay, and smaller individual housing projects with a focus on integration with the natural environment.

In 2008, he met Harley Graham at a party at Botanica, a Byron-based environmental housing collective. Three months later they set up LOCUS, a cross-platform design office focusing on architecture, art, landscape and urban design.

LOCUS has been working on a range of actual and theoretical projects since.

www.locus.net.au

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