The 2015 curatorium is a mix of programmers, directors, artists and curators drawn from across the country to review applications – Helen Cole (In Between Time UK), Robert Cook (Art Gallery of WA), Jeff Khan (Performance Space), Georgie Meagher (Next Wave Festival), Emma Webb (Vitalstatistix), and independents James Berlyn and Dr David Williams.
The curatorium will assess and provide feedback on short-listed artists, with final decisions made by co-curators Kelli Mccluskey and Sarah Rowbottam.
JAMES BERLYN | Co-founder & Curatorium (2012-2015)
James Berlyn is a performer, maker, director and lecturer based in Perth with over 25 years experience. Trained in dance at VCA, he has worked in dance, dance-theatre, theatre and community art across the country in numerous guises and contexts. His own work is often small-scale, intimate, and participatory, exploring the dynamics of task within the audience-performer relationship. James predominantly makes work for solo performance or small ensembles. His hybrid one-on-one performance Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures has toured nationally since 2010. Additionally, James also tours his recent works: Dreamstore, Crash Course and Silent Drag Photo Booth. In 2015 James will premiere two new live-art works: Secret Monster Photo Booth a commission for the Joondalup Festival in March and YOURSEVEN for Perth Theatre Company in October/November. He is a founding co-director of Tracksuit, and a core artist with Performing Lines WA. He is currently undertaking a Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts Creative Development Fellowship.
DR DAVID WILLIAMS (NSW) | Curatorium (2014-15)
David is a director, producer, performer, writer, and technician. He holds an Honours degree in Theatre from the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), a PhD from UNSW, and is a past winner of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Acting. A graduate of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Drover’s Awards. David has previously worked with Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir, Branch Nebula, Sidetrack Performance Group, Sydney Theatre Company, Blast Theory, UTP and pvi collective. He was the founder of version 1.0, and produced and co-created all of the company’s work from 1998-2012. He is currently an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and on the board of Arts on Tour. Recent and upcoming projects include Black Diggers (QTC/Sydney Festival), Quay to the City (ATYP), Beautiful One Day (Ilbijerri/Belvoir) and Quiet Faith (Vitalstatistix/HotHouse).
JEFF KHAN (NSW) | Curatorium (2014-15)
Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across the visual arts, performance and dance. He is currently Artistic Director of Performance Space, Sydney, and has a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices. Jeff was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival from 2007-2010 and was Guest Curator of NEW12 (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2012) and Primavera 09 (Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009). As a writer, Jeff has contributed texts to numerous publications, journals and artists’ projects. He was a member of the Australia Council Dance Board from 2009-2011 is a current Board Member of Chunky Move.
ROBERT COOK (WA) | Curatorium (2014-15)
Robert Cook is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Exhibitions for AGWA include Mari Funaki works, 1992-2009, Brutal, Tender, Human, Animal: Roger Ballen Photography and Swamp Op, Brent Harris. External shows include Old School (neverlosethatfeeling) with Hannah Mathews for PICA, Don’t show me your poetry for Gertrude Contemporary Art and Primavera 2013 for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. His writing has appeared here and there, and includes (under the name Bob Charles) the book Narcolepsy with Max Pam.
GEORGIE MEAGHER (VIC) | Curatorium (2015)
Georgie is an artist, curator and writer. Working across performance, live and visual art, she has presented collaborative performance works across Australia, in the UK and in Finland and written critical texts for Runway and Das Superpaper. She has curated exhibitions at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney and Firstdraft, Sydney. In 2010 and 2011 Georgie was a co-director of Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Australia Council Theatre Board Cultural Leadership skills development grant supporting travel to the UK and Canada, investigating artist-led practice through a placement with Duckie in London and participating in Institutions By Artists in Vancouver. She has worked at Performance Space, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and is currently Artistic Director at Next Wave.
EMMA WEBB (SA) | Curatorium (2015)
Emma Webb is a creative producer, curator and activist. She is passionate about producing art and performance that encompass politics, cultural research, experimentation and interesting collaborations. Emma is currently Creative Producer at Vitalstatistix, a contemporary arts organisation in Port Adelaide, South Australia. Prior to Vitals, Emma worked with festivals, in youth arts, with ATSI cultural organisations and across independent and socially-engaged arts in South Australia. Emma recently formed a new organisation, Performance & Art Development Agency, with colleague Steve Mayhew.