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Rebecca Conroy

Rebecca Conroy

Rebecca Conroy is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and curator, working across community culture development, devised performance and practice-based research. In 2006 she completed a PhD investigating oppositional performance practices in contemporary Indonesia.

Research for the doctorate involved living with underground artist communities during the most turbulent years of the Suharto regime where she developed life long creative partnerships and insight into the thriving contemporary art scene of Indonesia and more broadly South East Asia. In 2004 she directed Beyond the Factory Walls a multimedia theatre collaboration with a factory workers theatre company Teater Buruh Indonesia and five Australian art workers in the slums of Jakarta funded by Asialink.

Since 2004 Rebecca has nestled herself within the Sydney artist run spaces scene, co-founding The Wedding Circle (Chippendale, 2004 - 2006), and the creative industries studio Bill and George in Redfern (2007 - current) where she initiated the ArtSlab residency program supported by the City of Sydney (2008). In 2005 Rebecca co-initiated Gang Festival, a creative exchange and festival of artist run space's in Sydney and Java, which ran for four years and involved more than 20 residencies as well as a number of exchange projects in Alice Springs, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

In the spaces in-between, Rebecca writes for performance and presents at forums and panels on a range of threads connecting spatial politics, creative industries, critical practices and collaborative art making. In June 2008 Rebecca was appointed the Associate Director of Performance Space, where she manages the performance program, the short works program Nighttime, and the intercultural theatre residency program, Translab.

Deborah Pollard

Deborah Pollard

Deborah Pollard is a performer, artist and director whose work focuses on collaborations with a variety of arts and non-arts practitioners. Trained originally in theatre as a performer and director, her practice has shifted over the last 15 years towards a hybrid between performance and visual arts.

She received the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2000 and was awarded the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship in 2001. She was awarded a New Media Arts Board Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2002/3. These fellowships have enabled Pollard to integrate lengthy periods of research and development with her practice. During the course of her Fellowships, Pollard engaged in a program of hybrid arts research that has become part of her vocabulary as a performance-based artist. Pollard collaborates with artists and non-arts practitioners who place her own practice into a different context. Collaboration has shifted Pollards work away from the usual use of language within narrative structures towards work that is read through semiotics driven by cross-artform experimentation. As a contemporary performance practitioner she pursues collaborations that disrupt and challenge her notions of performance, theatre and artistic process.

Deborah also works as a freelance director, dramaturge and performer. She has worked extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, Performance Space and Version 1.0

Mickie Quick

Mickie Quick

Mickie Quick is old Aussie slang for 'a quick getaway'; as in, "struth... we nearly nabbed him but he's gone and done a Mickie Quick on us!"  Mickie has revived the term as a pseudonymn for his art-activist activities. He has been doing "street art" in a wide variety of forms since the early nineties, from liberating billboards to doing all sorts of public pranks. For money, he does freelance design, exhibition installation, set-building and prop making.

He is the founder of the Zine-o-matic, (a zine vending machine), and the BubbleVision MobileMuseum, (the exhibition space in a perspex bubble on top of his mini panel van). He is co-founder of SquatSpace, (the political artist group), the Network of UnCollectable Artists (NUCA), (responsible for the bubblegum cards of Australia's 50 Most UnCollectable Artists), The Big Fag Press, (an offset printing press salvaged from a liquidation auction), and Sydney, (the artist run space in Surry Hills). Mickie is one of the guerrillas on Channel Ten's Guerrilla Gardeners.

Julian Louis

Julian Louis

Julian is a theatre director, performer and devisor/collaborator. He holds a BA in Theatre and Media from Charles Sturt University Bathurst, is a graduate of the NIDA's director's course, and has trained with Philippe Gaulier (London) after being awarded the Lend Lease Scholarship from the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).

Julian is currently the Artistic Director of NORPA, the Northern Rivers Performing Arts Inc based in Lismore. For the company Julian has directed Not Like Beckett and The Bloody Bride and is currently developing new theatre works as part of NORPA's Generator Program. Julian has devised and directed Wilde Tales for B Sharp and Critical Stages' extensive tour of NSW and Five Stories High as part of the 2003 Sydney Festival for State of Play, which he co founded in 2001. Some credits from the last few years include: Director Monkey Shines for Loose Canon /Sydney Opera House, Associate Director The Underpants, Company B Belvoirs' national tour; Director, the Menotti Opera The Telephone and the Shakespearean Opera Project The Falling for The Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Director Performix and Contact for ATYP and was movement Director/ associate Director on Spurboard by Nick Enright for ATYP and STC.

Julian has extensive experience in directing youth theatre, creating original works in regional communities throughout Australia. Julian is a Board member of Kultour, a national touring body for multicultural arts and is on the Board of Spaghetti Circus based in Northern NSW.

Tom Rivard

Tom Rivard

Thomas A Rivard is an architect, artist, educator and synthesist, among other things.

On any given week he will have lectured a course in final year architecture at University; designed a house with glass floors for a messy family, planned a warehouse party for 300 (complete with 12 teenage Wham impersonators); devised a proposal for Sydney Esquisse involving 600 milk crates and Kerry Packer's lost kidney; discovered the exact mix of lime, soda and absinthe to make a glow in the dark frothing drink for Bacchus' Bar in a multi-media production of "Daedalus", and wrapped a birthday present so beautifully that the recipient vows to never open it. In fact, this was the week of September 3, some years ago.

Among other things, he has built houses in Costa Rica, New Delhi and Sydney, designed skyscrapers and homeless shelters in New York, conceived modern Indian restaurants in London, written, directed and designed films, sets and inhabitative performances (often the same thing), provided a home for a hundred imaginary birds and 250 dogs running amok in the guise of public art and given dozens of University students the opportunity to completely question their entire educational career before they graduate. He does not have a title, nor wish for one.

Natalie Cursio

Natalie Cursio

Natalie Cursio has been prolific in her contribution to Australian dance as a choreographer, performer, curator, producer and educator. Over the last 14 years she has carved out a solid reputation as a respected and talented artist. Her choreographic work has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Tasmania and Melbourne.

Natalie was awarded an Asialink Residency in 2006 and has been nominated for both Victorian Greenroom and Australian Dance Awards. Natalie currently operates under the title of Nat Cursio Co. creating her own work that pursues issues and ironies around culture and nature. Nat Cursio Co. also produces curated projects which assemble and showcase other Australian choreographers. Recent projects include With a Bullet; The Album Project, Live Clips, Six for Gold (for Tasdance), Hanguk Summer (film), Anonymous (for Dance Theatre Ccadoo, Korea), Cindy and Polly Talk Dance (for Original Works of World Choreographers, Japan) and small square (Busan International Dance Festival, Korea). Natalie is a founding member of nomadic group Homeless Dance Company and hosted the company in Melbourne 07.

Tom Barker

Tom Barker

Tom's interests revolve around collaborative multidisciplinary practice in art, architecture and design. He has taught extensively in these areas in a number of countries, as well as advised government and non-government agencies on art, design and creative industry policy. Tom is currently a professor at the University of Technology in Sydney and a visiting professor to RMIT's Design Institute in Melbourne. Tom has studied design, architecture and engineering. He has collaborated with many professions and undertaken numerous creative projects in his own right over the last 20 years. Tom moved to Sydney from London in 2008 to take advantage of the blue skies.

SMARTLIGHT Sydney, Janus interactive Installation and keynote speaker, May 2009; DIGITAL CITIES EXHIBITOR the Building Centre, London 2008; VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2006 SmartSlab 3.6m cube at main entrance, WINK2 Organiser and keynote speaker, digital interactive installation, Arts Council of England and ICA London, 2006; WINK Organiser and keynote speaker, digital and information architecture symposium, with Royal College of Art, Arts Council of England, Architectural Associations and Barbican Arts Centre GAME ON touring exhibition, 2005; GAME ON exhibitor, Barbican Arts Centre, London 2005, AMBIENT AND AUGMENTED ARCHITECTURES symposium, Architectural Association. Keynote speaker, 2005; TATE TURNER PRIZE SHORTLIST EXHIBITION interactive flythrough with Langlands & Bell artists, 2004

Jenny Fraser

Jenny Fraser

Jenny Fraser is a 'digital native' working within a fluid screen-based practice. Because of the diverse creative media Fraser uses, much of her work defies categorization, taking iconic and everyday symbols of Australian life and placing them into a context that questions the values they represent. With a laconic sense of humour she picks away at the fabric of our society, exposing contradictions, absurdities, and denial.

Her practice has also been partly defined through a strong commitment to Artist / Curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation, founding cyberTribe online gallery in 1999. A Murri, she was born in Mareeba, Far North Queensland in 1971 and her old people originally hailed from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the South East Queensland / Northern New South Wales border. She has completed a Master of Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales.

Domenico De Clario

Domenico De Clario

Domenico de Clario was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1947 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1956.

He studied Architecture and Town Planning at the University of Melbourne from 1966 to 1970 and was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship to study Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and lithography at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Urbino, Italy, during 1967- 68.

In 1974 he completed a Diploma of Art at the Preston Institute of Technology and in 1998 he was awarded an MA (Performance Studies) in the Faculty of Human Movement at Melbourne's Victoria University.

In December 2001 he completed a PhD in the same Faculty. This PhD project focused on the translation of Italo Calvino's master novel 'Invisible Cities' into a vast sound/performance work lasting 56 evenings and was awarded the University Medal for Best Postgraduate Thesis for 2001.

From 1973 until 1996 he variously taught painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation at RMIT in Melbourne (previously PIT).

In May 2001 he was appointed Head of the School of Contemporary Arts at Perth's Edith Cowan University as well as Associate Dean for Research and Development at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

In December 2005 he was appointed Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University's Faculty of Art and Design.

In December 2008 he was appointed Director of Adelaide's Experimental Art Foundation, Australia's first contemporary art institution founded in 1974.

Since 1966 he has held more than 170 solo exhibitions of paintings, drawings, prints, installations and sound performances, and has been invited to exhibit in more than 140 group shows presented worldwide and in major Australian cities.

His paintings, drawings, prints and installations are included all major public and private collections in Australia, including the MOMA in New York, as well as in numerous private collections worldwide.

Andy Forbes

Andy Forbes is a director, performance artist, installation artist, video maker and musician.
Andy studied animation at Queensland College of Art (1989-92) and was Co-Director of Omniscient Gallery Brisbane (artist run space 1991-1995). During that time he produced and directed Trance Planet (1994) an Arts Queensland funded, site specific collaborative installation on the site, of the now, Brisbane Powerhouse.

He has performed and directed shows for Splendour in the Grass festival since 2002 and curated the Arts line up for Splendour in 2003.
His work is primarily interactive performance installations for festivals. He creates environments using music, video, sound installation and improvised performance. Andy seeks to capture the alchemy that occurs when artists from different practices and forms come together in a public space. He uses comedy and satire to parody popular culture often focusing on the realms of circus, freakshow arts and religious cults.

Major works includes The Church of Two Hands and a Chicken, Wacko and Blotto, The Cleavers Family Wreckers and The Perkins Family Freak Show. He has created installations and performance for major Australian Festivals for over a decade and is a regular artist with Woodford Folk Festival (1991-2008), Splendour in the Grass, The Adelaide Fringe Festival Garden or Unearthly Delights and the Great Escape Festival. He recently parked Wacko and Blotto's caravan in Federation Square for the duration of the Melbourne Streets Arts Festival.

Andy has worked in TV and film, including, editor and D.O.P. of the cult Australian show, Blokesworld (Spin the Globe series 1 and 2).
He is currently in production for his 2009 Splendour show - The Tent of Miracles and continues to direct and perform in the cult show Wacko and Blotto.


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