For the past 15 years Jude has created and directed Live Art works that bring artists together to build ephemeral adventures for audiences. Her work focuses on researching and testing conventions of live performance practice and audience engagement. It gathers people together to have singular experiences. In a 10-year period of ‘international apprenticeship’ Jude assisted the work of renowned contemporary performance artistic directors in Chile, U.S.A, Italy, and France. She returned to Australia in 2001 where she now lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria. Since 1999 Jude has directed and produced over forty Live Art productions both within Australia and internationally. Over the past 15 years, Live Art productions she has directed have been commissioned by some of Europe’s major international contemporary performance festivals including the Official Program of the Avignon Festival (1999) and more recently the European Capital of Culture MONS2015. In 2004 in Castlemaine, Jude founded Live Arts organisation - Punctum for which she is Artistic Director. In 2007 she established Punctum’s Live Arts Incubator residency program where contemporary arts experimentation and practice is assisted and presented in a regional context. In 2010, alongside creating works and programs with Punctum, she established In-Habit International - a residency program for Victorian artists researching contemporary art forms and cultural exchange in international regional contexts. In 2011 in partnership with Country Arts SA, Punctum was recognized for its cultural leadership through the Australia Council’s Cultural Leadership Initiative. In 2012/13 the work Jude directed in Avignon and several others she assisted were the subject of a retrospective in France. She devised and directed the 2011, 2013 and 2015 Openings for the Castlemaine State Festival. Her recent and current projects include Artistic Collaboration – ‘The Experiment’ by Mark Ravenhill - a new media and performance project Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festival produced and composed by David Chisholm 2013/2015, Artistic Director – ‘Migratory Complex’ - 2012/2015 - Mons European City of Culture 2015, Artistic Director – ‘Seedpod Amplified’ - a Live Art development and presentation program through support from the Sidney Myer Fund, Artistic Associate – ‘Another Other’ – Chamber Made Opera 2016, Artistic Director - ‘The COMPLETE SMUT Art Auction’ – commissioned by Arts House for FOLA 2016, Artistic Director – Niche #1 and #2 - Siteworks – Bundanon 2016, Artistic Director - Carnival Electro Live #1 – City of Greater Bendigo 2016, Big Walk to Golden Mountain in conjunction with AsiaTOPA 2017. Jude has been on the board of Regional Arts Victoria (RAV), Chairperson of the Touring Committee (RAV), and is a peer member of government arts body grant and advisory panels.
Adrian has a Bachelor of Education and also a Bachelor of Arts – Music Theatre, he has worked extensively in education systems throughout Australia and overseas in areas such as Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Most recently he worked as Director of Performing Arts for the Swan Hill Rural City Council and Manager for the arts based, youth outreach program the Fairfax Festival. He has performed lead roles in a variety of Musicals and Plays in centres throughout Australia most notably in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, London and Edinburgh. He has worked extensively as a Producer and Tour Manager for Melbourne based Out Cast Theatre, taking this local theatre company to international renown and success with sell out seasons in London, Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh.
Georgie is Public Programs Manager at Melbourne Museum. Previously she has worked as Community Engagement Manager at the Immigration Museum, General Manager/Producer Aubergine Theatre, Marketing and Development Officer Castlemaine State Festival and she is a former Board Member of Multicultural Arts Victoria 2006-2009. She has a BA (Hons)/BMus and Grad Dip Arts Management from the University of Melbourne.
Jacques is a Bendigo-based sound & video artist who produces computer-based electroacoustic music, with a particular interest in deconstructing natural sounds (field recordings) to create new sounds & textures, which are assembled into abstract narrative soundscapes (musique concrète , usually composed, but sometimes improvised). Jacques produces sound & video for theatre, dance, live performance and installation and is also passionate about promoting experimental art (bendigo film group, 1976-1988), undue noise concert series (commenced in 2002), possible musics radio program (1983-2013), sound art label cajid media (commenced in 2004) as well as live arts group Punctum. He was a microbiologist in a former life. Website: http://jacquessoddell.com
Brad has worked as a producer and arts manager since 1999. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and a Masters in Community Cultural Development. He has worked for Rising Tide Productions, Lucy Guerin Inc. dance company, Snuff Puppets, the award-winning Back-to-Back Theatre, Polyglot Theatre, Arena Theatre Company and Tipping Point Australia. As General Manager of Snuff Puppets, he significantly increased turnover and independently produced the program, including extensive international collaboration and touring and community engagement. He is currently General Manager at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre company, which brings work to Australia’s major arts festivals and performing arts venues.
Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet/actor and monologist. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor (Cordite) Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004 he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio – since reworked and performed for theatre as ‘Orphan’s Own Project’. He was awarded an Asialink residency in Singapore where he worked collaboratively with poet Cyril Wong. The resulting work, Excess Baggage & Claim (transitlounge publishing), was launched in 2007. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. His work has been anthologized, most recently in Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Bengali and interpreted through classical Indian dance. He has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York.
Deborah Ratliff is a writer and curator with extensive experience working in both contemporary galleries and major public arts institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. From 2009 to 2011 she developed and project managed - WeR1, a three-year Arts About US project for the National Gallery of Victoria. As part of this project she curated four exhibitions, two in regional Victoria and two in Melbourne. Since 2011 she has co-curated exhibitions for the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) Studio program, the 'Community Hall' program for the NGV Melbourne Now initiative and until end of 2014 was a Program Coordinator for the NGV. Deborah was co-ordinator of the Visual Arts Biennale, 2013/2015 for the Castlemaine State Festival Visual Arts Biennale and Associated Curator for Punctum's Migratory Complex for Mons2015 Capital of Culture program. She is currently on the Board of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and lives in Castlemaine.
Helen Symon QC is a leading advocate with wide experience in taxation law as well as commercial and administrative law. She appears regularly in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
In recognition of her extensive litigation practice Helen was named in Best Lawyers 2015 and 2016 – Litigation. Her style in written and oral advocacy has been, variously, described as elegant, sophisticated, subtle and accomplished.
Helen has had a long interest in the not-for-profit sector, in the difference good governance – getting the basics right – can make to an organisation in fulfilling its objectives. Her primary interest, however, is in fund-raising and philanthropy. She is passionate about the difference people can make with their money. And about the role not-for-profits can play in people experiencing that difference – to the satisfaction and benefit of both. From December 2013 – February 2016, Helen chaired the Victorian Bar’s Ethics Committee.
Pia Johnson is a photographer and visual artist, whose practice seeks to investigate issues about cultural difference, diaspora and identity. She also has a strong practice in portrait and performance photography, working with major and independent arts organisations in Australia. Pia has exhibited throughout Australia, the USA, Japan and Mexico. Her work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. Selected recent exhibition highlights include solo shows at Edmund Pearce (2014), Stockroom Gallery (2016 & 2013), Studio Kura Japan (2013), and group exhibitions Love, Loss and Intimacy at NGV International (2010), 37° South to 19° North: Australian Photography, Mexico (2015), Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women (2015). Pia was one of the founding board members of Kesho Community Foundation Inc (2008-2016), and has been on a number of advisory and artistic panels. Pia holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual arts) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne, and is currently a PhD (Art) candidate and sessional lecturer at RMIT University. www.piajohnson.com