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Pause Festival

February 15, 2015


I took a few days’ annual leave to collaborate with the very small team behind this festival of new media and ideas in Melbourne. Their ambition is to be the Australian South by South West, and they certainly have a lot of energy in terms of the scale of the program this year. I worked […]

Meetings, shows and museums, Helsinki

December 18, 2014


A winter visit to Helsinki was rich with encounters; some familiar, some new. Whilst Kiasma, one of my favourite contemporary art museums, was closed for renovations, I did manage to see the very interesting exhibition at the Kunsthall, Taidehalli- The Last Artists- I had a meeting with the Director of Kiasma, who expressed a […]

Ice Hot, Nordic Dance Platform, Oslo

December 12, 2014


This was my second visit to the Ice Hot platform, having attended the Helsinki version in 2012. I accompanied an Australian delegation of eight, representing three sets of projects in which we are involved with Nordic partners. I took part in the formal evaluation of the platform and also hosted a seminar highlighting our long-term […]

Avignon Festival- “IN”

July 21, 2014


I was fortunate to attend the Avignon festival for the first time in my life, having always avoided this hot spot of French high art theatre and dance in my British Council role, deeming it too impenetrable an “IN” and too fringey a Fringe to put up much potential for partnership. This time I was […]

Biennale of Sydney

May 18, 2014

0   I was fortunate enough to be up in Sydney on a couple of occasions during the 19th Biennale. On my first visit I spent some time with the pieces at Carriageworks and enjoyed a panel presentation with several of the artists, chaired by Jeff Khan

Theatre Network Victoria Meeting

September 21, 2013

0 I was happy to attend the TNV meeting at The Victorian Arts Centre together with over a hundred colleagues from across the State and across the sector. It was interesting to hear the discussions about change in the context on the impending cuts at Arts Victoria and also to listen to the provocations from […]

Accelerate, the British Council and Australia Council collaboration

September 7, 2013

0   This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the reception that launched the next participants on the British Council/Australia Council collaborative project for indigenous arts leadership. Hosted at Ian Potter Art Museum with beautiful singing by Black Arm Band, I enjoyed hearing about the experiences of alumni of the scheme and […]

Sunday Age Feature on International Touring

August 4, 2013

0 Slightly alarmed to be quoted so liberally in this feature on Australian performing arts touring internationally. Whilst I stand by my comments, they were given rather casually and not in my new role as Australia Council employee. I feel like I might need some media training!