A unique cultural leadership program for artists working in regional settings
An artist of manic diversity Franca Barraclough has dedicated a significant chunk of her career to making work as part of the small but culturally rich town of Alice Springs. A graduate of Theatre and Visual Arts at Wollongong University’s Creative Inter Arts Course Franca has spent the last twenty years weaving performance and visual art together in her practice and professional career. Like a call from the wild Franca moved to Alice Springs in 1999 and pursued a dynamic artistic practice. Inspired by the unique environment of Central Australia Franca began producing work that playfully fuses and distorts observations of the ordinary and popular mythology to create a fresh perspective. Franca’s artistic contribution’s to the local arts community through artistic and professional streams has been prolific and consistent. Comedy and fun are employed as seriously important tools in her artistic practice which ranges from still photographic character shots and live performing art pieces to major theatrical productions and live art installations.
Ben Fox is currently establishing agile professional development programs for remote-based and intercultural practitioners. He believes the innovative and lateral strategies required for success in very remote areas can radically strengthen the national arts industry.
Intercultural innovation is the hallmark of Ben’s practice. He is an experienced performer, designer and artistic director who delights in site-specific art, outdoor theatre, interactive spectacle and social practice. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Artistic Director of Wilurarra Creative, based in very remote desert Western Australia. Ben works across Australia, Asia and Europe with individuals and groups to engage networks, develop cultures and change minds.
Paul Gazzola operates an interdisciplinary practice of over 20 years across art, architecture, choreography, curation, installation, performance, scenographic design, video and theory. Creating solo and collaborative works for stages, galleries, print, projection and site-specific settings, that have seen presentations and commissions in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, South America, the UK and throughout Europe. Current projects for 2012 include; Cybernetic Carnival Factory, Campbelltown Arts Centre / Speeches – Tin Shed Gallery, Sydney / What I think when I think about dancing, ACarts, Adelaide / Overlay, Inspace program, Adelaide and for 2012/13 he is the inaugural Associate Artist at Critical Path, Sydney.
Katerina is the creative director of triage live art collective. She studied Theatre, Literature and Languages at Melbourne University and Theatre Direction at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has more than fifteen years of experience as a director, writer, performer and dramaturge. Katerina’s live art practice embraces audience participation, text, imagery, audio and immersive installations. Her current interests include site-specificity and conversation as means for facilitating intimate social meetings between strangers. Since 2006 she has created a number of live art works and has won several awards. In 2009 Katerina was selected for Punctum Inc’s In-Habit, a 12-month international arts residency, Abbotsford Convent and a VU Solo Residency Artists Travel Award (2010/11). She has worked as a director, actor trainer and curriculum developer for the VCA (1998-2003), as the coordinator of 96f the arts incubator (2002-2004) and feature arts writer for Artshub UK & Global (2005-2007). Katerina was the Panel Head of the Greenroom Theatre Awards (2007-2010). In 2012 she has three new works in development; Arcadia, Swan Song, and Existential Bingo (UK/EU).
Tamara hopelessly fell in love with her first experience of landscape on a soldier settlement farm, divided by dead long roads, irrigation channels and a sky that promised to always be there. Regional communities are at the heart of Tamara's artistic practice from her romance of quilt making, the drawing of the line, to associate producer with Next Wave Festival. She has been artist in resident with the Kyneton Museum, Brimbank City Council, Craft Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria. Tamara's current regional project is in development with Loddon Mallee Women's Health.
Susie Skinner is a storyteller who works with theatre and music. A graduate of Flinders Drama Centre, Susie was a guest at the 5th International Women’s Playwrights Conference 2000 in Athens, and subsequently developed and wrote a number of theatre works with and for communities. She was an ensemble member of The Yashchin Company and performed in the Advertiser Award winning adaptation of I Only Came to Use the Phone by Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe. Bass player with Problem Pony, a country/folk/blues 4-piece, Susie performed at the 2005 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and 2006 National Folk Festival. She was the Artistic Director of D’faces of youth arts in Whyalla, South Australia from 2007 to 2010. Most recently Susie was a performance mentor for Big hARTs Yijala Yala project in the Pilbara.
Jude Anderson has created and directed contemporary performance and installation works in over 60 non-conventional performance spaces over the past 25 years. Works she has directed and co-directed have been commissioned by some of Europe's most renowned festivals. Jude has directed and taught in Chile, the U.S.A., France, Italy, Belguim and Switzerland. She has created and initiated models for contemporary performance and arts research in regional contexts locally and internationally for the past 20 years, and founded Punctum Inc., based in central Victoria, in 2004. Through the programs she has created with Punctum she has collaborated on the live arts orientation of over 300 artists’ works. Her advocacy for independent arts practice sees her as a Board member of Regional Arts Victoria, Chair of the Touring Consultative Committee for RAV, a panel member of Arts Victoria’s International Programs grants, one of three independent artist representatives on Arts Victoria’s CASTANET group which brings organisations that work with artists in community settings together to develop partnerships and programs for advancing the sector and a member of the Victorian Theatre network.
Steve Mayhew has worked extensively in the arts over the past eighteen years since graduating as a theatre director from the Drama Centre at Flinders University South Australia. He began working as a freelance theatre director in the early nineties with community and youth orientated arts companies such as Urban Myth and Junction Theatre. Over the following eight years he took lead managerial roles as Artistic Director of Riverland Youth Theatre, Manager of Artistic Programs at Junction Theatre and General Manager for Brink Productions.In 2005 Steve returned to freelancing and covered broad territory working with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Hong Kong Fringe and Restless Dance Theatre. Since 1996 Steve’s work in regional areas of South Australia has been broad and long-lasting. Combine this with his extensive work across the spectrum of the arts in management, the development of new theatre based works as a director, writer, designer, composer, dramaturg and creative producer. He is often sought as an outside eye / dramaturg for self devised multi art form works and mentor for new and developing artists. Steve has sat on funding advisory panels for Carclew Youth Arts, Arts SA and Australia Council for the Arts. He is currently a board member for Restless Dance Theatre and participated in the Leadership Institute of SA’s 2010 Governor Leadership Foundation Program. Steve is currently Creative Producer, Regional Performance Development and Presentation at Country Arts SA developing and commissioning contemporary professional performance in regional South Australia. He is Artistic Director of Kumuwuki: 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival to be held in Goolwa, South Australia.
Krista Horbatiuk has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Art and Art History) from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and an Honours degree in Contemporary Music Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney. Since graduating and moving to Australia in 2000 she spent her first eight years in Sydney working as Special Events Co-ordinator for Opera Australia, Events Manager for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and then a short stint in her hometown of Toronto, Canada as Programming Co-ordinator for Ashkenaz Festival in 2008. At the beginning of 2009 Krista moved to Victoria where she has worked as Production Manager at the Castlemaine State Festival, Big West Festival and Junction 2010: Regional Arts Australia National Conference and Festival (Tasmania); Manager for Speak Percussion and Operations & Program Manager for the Castlemaine State Festival. Now working as an independent arts producer in Central Victoria, Krista is currently working on artist mentoring and cultural leadership programs with Punctum live arts, curating the music program and producing community projects for the Castlemaine State Festival and training local youth in arts and events management. Krista recently produced and directed Global Gardens Festival, the inaugural event of her new Castlemaine based organisation Global Gardens Art which specialises in creating opportunities for and producing regionally based multi-cultural arts. She spends her spare time volunteering on the Boards of Zingaro Festival (Malmsbury klezmer festival) and Xtreme Inc. (Castlemaine youth events), presenting a world music show on Castlemaine's local radio station WMA FM and singing with a community women's acapella choir, the Chat Warblers.
After graduating from a Bachelor in Creative Arts/Theatre Performance at the University of Wollongong in 2002 Jessica worked as an actor for Anyroad productions (NSW), Windswept and Interesting Theatre (NSW), and Hurricane productions (NSW). Upon moving to regional South Australia in 2006 Jessica worked with Country Arts Local Stages Initiative and Mount Gambier City Council to develop Rising Damp Youth Performing Arts. In Rising Damp's initial year Jessica administered and facilitated workshop programs in Improvisation and Theatre Sports and delivered a program of devised theatre workshops to create the site specific hybrid work 'Virus Detected'. In 2008 Jessica was assistant director in Rising Damp's production of Ionesco's 'The Bald Prima Donna', facilitator of the 'Pen to Page' workshops and performed the Role of Alex in the Local Stages production of 'Punchline'. In 2009 Jessica directed a new dance theatre work ('Iris') for the Penola Coonawarra Festival and coordinated a series of outdoor multi arts events and workshop program for aspiring DJ’s/music producers. In 2010 Jessica continued working on the ‘Black’ project, and directed the physical theatre work 'I Am Here... Waiting'. She also completed 2 weeks of professional development with My Darling Patrica, working closely with Clare Britton during the creative development for 'Ted Head'. In 2011 Jessica spent 3 months at Darwin Community Arts Centre as a part of a self directed professional development program in working with new arrivals. In 2012 her company Rising Damp will collaborate with Cindi Drennan’s Illuminart on the premiere of John Crouch's hybrid installation performance work 'If There Was A Colour Darker Then Black I'd Wear It' for KUMUWUKI/big wave 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference.