I have commissioned, developed and produced a range of new artistic works with national and international impact. My aim in developing new work is to support artistic experimentation and ambitious ideas, interrogate artistic practice and develop artistic talent. At Arts Centre Melbourne, I commissioned 18 new for an artistic development program exploring architecture as performance. The aim was to infuse the buildings with changeable environments, interventions, participatory performances and site-specific works, through a program of new works which included:
In 2012-13, I created a series of learning opportunities for artists at Arts Centre Melbourne aiming to develop artists’ skills, featuring leading national and international artists, including:
Dance for Young Audiences masterclass series led by leading Dutch choreographer for young people, Erik Kaiel
Puppetry masterclass featuring the cast and creative team from the Australian production of War Horse
Dance masterclass series delivered in partnership with the Melbourne Festival 2013 featuring Hofesh Shechter Company (UK), Jiri Kylian Dancers (NL) and Fabulous Beast (IRE).
Conversation with the cast of Einstein on the Beach, and a dance workshop with its rehearsal director Ty Boomershine, co-presented with Chunky Move
Artist-to-artist artistic conversations with creative teams from Bangarra Dance Theatre, Fight The Landlord (Pan Pan Theatre Ireland and Beijing Square Moon Culture), Polyglot Theatre, Ex Machina's Lipsynch, the National Theatre of Great Britain's One Man Two Guvnors, and Windmill Theatre's School Dance.
A mentorship program for young local producers, in partnership with Melbourne Fringe.
An Arts Industry Card was also set up during this time, and a version of the scheme still exists offering discounted tickets - you can sign up here.