Melbourne Fringe welcomes new staff
Melbourne Fringe has announced three new appointments to its core staff. Joining the organization: Peta Duncan (Program Coordinator, Deadly Fringe); Ebony Addinsall (Head of Marketing) and Toby Sullivan (General Manager).
Peta Duncan is the Program Coordinator for Deadly Fringe, the Melbourne Fringe First Nations program. She is a proud Meriam woman from the Piadram clan of Mer Island in the Torres Strait with a background in advocacy and project support. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for the creative industry with her passion for supporting and uplifting the First Nations arts community.
Ebony Addinsall is an influential marketing executive with over 10 years of experience in the Australian creative industries. Addinsall has led marketing campaigns for some of Melbourne’s leading arts organizations through his tenures at Millmaine, Melbourne Theater Company and more recently Creative Partnerships Australia and brings extensive experience in audience development, marketing strategy and advocating for private sector support for the arts.
Toby Sullivan is a seasoned producer and manager with decades of festival experience in Melbourne, Sydney and overseas. A veteran of the comedy scene, Sullivan has delivered an extraordinary number of shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, brought First Nations comedy to the fore through the Aboriginal Comedy Festival and brought top international artists to Australia as part of the Spice Night Tour. He has produced shows for the Sydney Festival, the Adelaide Festival Center and the Melbourne Theater Company. He takes over this role with current Managing Director Will Dawson who assumes responsibilities for partnerships and development in his capacity as Deputy Managing Director.
Creative Director and CEO Simon Abrahams said the organisation’s new team appointments reflect Melbourne Fringe’s dedication to ensuring a bold and ambitious independent arts sector. “Toby, Ebony and Peta are brilliant additions to the Melbourne Fringe team, bringing skill, energy and experience as we enter our 40th anniversary festival.”
New Managing Director for Experimenta
Experimenta announced the recent appointment of Kim de Kretser as Managing Director of the Melbourne-based organization.
De Kretser is a creative director, producer, curator, nature wanderer and artist who specializes in connecting people through art, conversations, public events, technology and nature. She is passionate about working with multidisciplinary teams to produce experiences that illuminate creative possibilities, spark conversation, expand thinking, inspire action, and promote positive social movements.
Her most recent roles include Artistic Director of Immerse 2021 – Greater Melbourne’s largest public art festival, development of the arts platform threeOclock Gallery (2016) and Arts for a Cause (2005-2010), and foundation and management of his company Peak Events (2000-2012).
De Kretzer holds an MA in Art (Art in Public Space) from RMIT University and is an Associate Fellow of RMIT Contemporary Art and Social Transformation and the AEGIS RMIT Research Network for Art. and the environment. His research projects include Fielding (2018) and empire of dirt (2017) for RMIT University and partners. She is also an artist in residence at Linden New Art.
Experimenta’s Chairman of the Board, John Merakovsky, said, “Kim’s depth and breadth of experience encompasses all aspects of end-to-end creative management. She is uniquely positioned to lead Experimenta in delivering ambitious, bold and complex projects that redefine what art can be.
Tilt appoints new curator
Based in New South Wales Tilt Industrial Design has strengthened its investment in Melbourne’s public art sector with the appointment of a new Melbourne-based curator and design manager, Laura Clauscen.
The appointment sees Tilt expand its reach into Victoria and its investment in the public arts sector.
With nine years of experience as a creative consultant in the applied and public arts sectors, including more than four years at Broached Commissions as managing director and design director, Clauscen’s end-to-end experience working with commercial and culturally significant applied arts collections, public art commissions and exhibitions – along with strategic design direction – will allow Tilt to diversify its offering into architecture, landscape architecture and public art.
Clauscen’s education both at home and abroad, encompassing media and communications at RMIT University and design studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has allowed him to develop an understanding and acute appreciation of visual and material culture and design in relation to history and environment.
“My interest in materials and atmospheres is linked to a deep curiosity for how humans interact with objects, architecture and urban spaces and how these elements are used to express historical, social and environmental themes”, Clauscen said.
“Public art provides an opportunity to communicate social values and ask questions about how we use civic space, through storytelling. I look forward to working with such a renowned studio as Tilt.
Clauscen’s new appointment will see her on the pitch in Melbourne, driving business forward
development prospects for Tilt by offering creative and strategic advice for public art projects in the state from start to finish.
Projects delivered by Tilt Industrial Design include installations with Vivid Sydney (Endless
Love, Gravitational Grid, Earth Deities) as well as Sea Mirror at One Central Park and Musical Spheres at Angel Place. Tilt is currently working on a public art sculpture in Melbourne named Lane Change for Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre, alongside architects Office Feuerman.
McClelland Announces New Board Member
Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher joins the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery Board of Trustees. Dr Fletcher is Director of Research Capacity at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute and Associate Dean (Indigenous) of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.
A descendant of the Wiradjuri and a geographer, Dr. Fletcher is interested in long-term human-environment interactions. His research group focuses on understanding the evolution of landscapes over time using microfossils stored in sediments.
McClelland Chairman of the Board, the Honorable Simon Crean, says Dr Fletcher brings to McClelland a high level of expertise and understanding of some of the key issues facing traditional cultural organizations in Australia today .
“Michael’s recent research places particular emphasis on how Indigenous burning has shaped the Australian landscape and how Indigenous knowledge needs to be meaningfully integrated into landscape management to address many of the environmental challenges we face. are facing today.
“As Australia’s premier gallery showcasing art and sculpture with nature, McClelland is strongly committed to raising awareness and celebrating the culture and wisdom of First Nations people through our public programming. We we are confident that Michael will play an important role in helping McClelland achieve continued success.
Dr. Fletcher joins current board members, the Hon. Simon Crean; Matt Healy LLB/BA, MAICD; The Honorable Stephen Charles AO QC; Jon Clements; Lisa Roet; John Young Zerunge AM; Shireen Jahan; Dr. Rory Hyde; Dr. Gillian Kay; Ian Davis OAM; Michael Wise QC.
Director appointed for new CDU Academy of Arts
Dr Amanda Morris has been appointed Director of the new Academy of the Arts at Charles Darwin University (CDU), to shape the direction of the academy and energize creative education in the Northern Territory.
Morris brings considerable experience in the arts and education sectors, including 17 years at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), most recently as Executive Director of the Conservatory.
At NIDA, she was also instrumental in the creation of VET courses and in the development of the NIDA Open Program, a program of short courses in the performing arts, which attracted up to 15,000 people per year. year across Australia.
The CDU Academy of the Arts will seek to energize creative education in the Northern Territory by offering a range of educational programs in the visual, film and performing arts.
A dynamic artistic and cultural center will be developed with students able to collaborate with each other, arts practitioners and teachers in exhibitions, screenings, performances and festivals.
Morris said she looked forward to working with CDU staff and students as well as the wider Northern Territory arts community to develop the Academy.
“The CDU has the opportunity to create a unique arts academy, which emphasizes contemporary Australian arts across all disciplines and which draws on and celebrates First Nations artistic practices,” said Dr Morris.
“An important part of my role will be to help shape the CDU Academy of the Arts so that art lovers throughout the territory can study the visual and performing arts without feeling like they have to leave the territory. “
“I will seek ideas from a range of stakeholders, including CDU staff, students, alumni and the wider NT arts community, to ensure the Academy provides a collaborative and creative environment. allowing our students to develop their skills.
“I plan to draw on relationships in the arts across Australia and around the world to collaborate with us and build partnerships to support our students so that young emerging artists can graduate with the skills and confidence to make their own career rewarding,” she says Morris.
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