Staff

For the past 18 years in Australia Jude has devised and produced new performance and Live Art works that bring artists together to create participatory adventures for audiences outside the walls of mainstream performing arts institutions. Prior to Australia, Jude worked for 12 years internationally co-creating and directing with renowned contemporary performance companies in Chile, U.S.A, Italy, and France. While directing and teaching at the Centre Dramatique Nationale de Bourgogne and Dijon University, she was co-director with experimental performance group - Compagnie Le Nyctalope, and was associated co-director with Groupe Merci. Both companies toured nationally and internationally. She returned to Australia in 2001 where she now lives and works in Central Victoria.  Since 2001 Jude has devised, co-directed and produced over 50 contemporary performance and Live Art productions both within Australia and internationally. Many have set new parameters for programming and presentation. Her practice focuses on researching and testing conventions of live performance and audience engagement.  Several of her productions have been commissioned and presented by renowned European festivals for experimental performance and the official program of Avignon Festival and she has directed and curated works expressing new forms of audience engagement representing Australia within the European Capital of Culture. She founded Punctum in 2004 working with over 400 artists to support their practice and new works. In 2018 Jude was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for Experimental and Emerging Art Form and in 2019 was the Green Room Awards recipient of the Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to experimental and contemporary performance. Jude has been a Board member of Regional Arts Victoria and contributes to many local, state and national advisory committees, organisations and grant 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.  Since joining Punctum in 2015, Adrian has managed Punctum's national and international works - Migratory Complex [Mons, Belgium 2015], River Rites [South Australia, 2015] as well as representing the organisation overseas at the first ever Pan African Creative Exchange in Bloemfontein, South Africa and various committees and forums for Arts advocacy and sector development.  He is currently a Peer Assessor for the Regional Arts Fund and Creative Victoria.

Board

Georgie is Team Leader Community Engagement and Partnerships at City of Melbourne. Previously she has worked as Education and Community Programs Manager at Melbourne Museum, Community Engagement Manager at the Immigration Museum and Marketing and Development Officer at the Castlemaine State Festival. 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 Spolding is the Director of The SUBSTATION, a multi-art space which presents a curated program of contemporary, experimental art in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Over the past four years, under Brad’s programming, The SUBSTATION has established itself as a leading presenter of contemporary experimental arts practice, facilitating the creation and presentation of new work by some of the best local, national and international artists. Over the last 15 years, Brad has worked as a producer for independent artists and companies including ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, Rising Tide Productions, Back to Back Theatre and Snuff Puppets. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and a Masters of Arts and Community Practice from the University of Melbourne (VCA). He is a board member of Theatre Network Australia and the Macfarlane Fund and an alumni of the Cranlana and Australia Council Leadership programs. In 2017 The SUBSTATION was awarded the Green Room Award for Best Curatorial Contribution for Contemporary & Experimental Performance following the first program under Brad’s direction.

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 Castlemaine based writer and curator with extensive experience working in both contemporary galleries and major public arts institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. Committed to arts engagement and audience reach, she developed and project managed - WeR1, a three-year Arts About US project for the National Gallery of Victoria, from 2009 to 2011. 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 and 'Community Hall' for Melbourne Now. Her other role at the NGV was Program Coordinator until the end of 2014.Deborah curated the Visual Arts Biennale for the 2013 and 2015 Castlemaine State Festival. In 2015 she was also the Associate Curator of Punctum's Migratory Complex for Mons2015 Capital of Culture program.Since 2017 she has continued to write fiction and co-coordinate an artist-in-residency scheme in Kyneton for art school graduates.  She is a former Board member of the Castlemaine Art Museum and a current board member of The Macfarlane Fund.

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. She has been a finalist in many photography awards, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker and artistic advisor for a range of organisations. Her work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. Recent highlights include a solo exhibition She that came before me (2018) at Manningham Art Gallery, group exhibition All That We Can’t See (2018), her curatorial exhibitions The Family Mantle (2018) and Chinese Whispers and Other Stories (2017), and an artistic residency at National University of Singapore (2018). 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 at RMIT University. www.piajohnson.com

Artistic Core Committee members

Megan Beckwith
Emilie Collyer
Tara Gilbee
Andrew Goodman
Kylie McRae
Tegan Lang