The Splendid curatorium is comprised of recognised art professionals and is responsible for selecting participating artists, provocateurs and final projects for commissioning.
Craig Walsh was born in Orange in 1966, and lives in Brisbane, Australia. Primarily interested in hybrid / site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, his work often utilizes projection in response to existing environments and contexts. He has been working across a range of art forms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions, natural environments and festivals.
His work has been selected for major survey exhibitions, commissions and residencies both nationally and internationally, including; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, SJ01 Biennale San Jose, California, Jakarta Biennale, the Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan. Fuji Rock Festival, Japan. Experimenta Under the radar, Liverpool, England. The National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Havana Biennale, Cuba, the Anne Landa Award, AGNSW, Sydney; the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, AGSA, Adelaide. Institute of Modern Art Brisbane and Ssamsie space, Seoul, Korea. In 2006 he produced the projection design for the theatre production of David Malouf's 'Johnno'
Recently completed projects took place in The river Thames, London as part of DRIFT 08, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokahama, Sendai Mediateque and Tokyo Wondersite in Japan, ACMI in Melbourne, Media City Seoul, Korea the Australia Council's studio residency in New York and Nuit Blanche, in Toronto where his work took out the Peoples Choice Award for Zone C.
Craig Walsh is the Artistic Director of the Splendour in the Grass arts program.
Jessica Ducrou started her career in 1988 at Red Eye Records followed with 2 years at Rolling Stone Magazine as their accounts manager. Deciding she wanted to work more directly with music she managed to convince the Lansdowne Hotel she would be a great booker and spent a period managing their entertainment schedule. In 1994 she was offered an agent's position at APA Agency and then went on to form a partnership with Joe Segreto at International Music Concepts to co-promote the inaugural Homebake music festival in 1996.
In 1998, Jessica established Village Sounds as a booking agency to represent her then large roster of notable Australian acts, before going on to create the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay in 2001. As well as her key role with Splendour in the Grass, Jessica has continued her association with the Homebake festival and both events have become landmark fixtures on the Australian music calendar. As well as her festival promotion role, Jessica has recently expanded her domestic booking agency Village Sounds with Evan Davis formerly of The Harbour Agency joining the team.
In addition to representing Powderfinger, Bernard Fanning and The Vines the roster now includes The Grates, The Mess Hall, Yves Klein Blue, Expatriate, Violent Soho, Cut Off Your Hands, Cassette Kids, Art vs Science, The Middle East. She also has Secret Sounds, an international touring company in partnership with Paul Piticco from Secret Service and together they have toured The Flaming Lips, Laura Marling, Bloc Party, The Doves, Supergrass, Sigur Ros, The Fratellis, TV On The Radio and Hot Chip among others in Australia.
Annemarie Kohn trained in Contemporary Dance and Interactive Multimedia. She has worked across these artforms as an artist, teacher, festival producer and collaborator, currently employed by Carclew Youth Arts as Program Manager of Visual Arts and Digital Media, a program that supports emerging South Australian artists to translate their creative practice for public space.
Over the past 8 years she has been developing open access workshops and public art training and employment programs that explore cross-artform practices in digital media, open source technology, live performance and public art. She produced the Moving Image Project for 3 years, exhibiting over 80 new digital media works each year as part of a major State-wide festival.
Her main interest is in the creation and exhibition of work using technology to support the communication of the artwork. This has led to working with leading companies including Blast Theory, UK (2004 & 2009) and the Graffiti Research Lab, NY.
She has served on multifarious panels and Boards including Chair of the Arts SA Organisations Assessment Panel Industry Development Program, the South Australian Youth Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts, Adelaide City Council Public Art Round Table, Arts Industry Council of SA, and the Graham F Smith Peace Trust (SA based autonomous arts funding body.)
Paul Gazzola operates an interdisciplinary practice of over 20 years at the interface of art, architecture, performance and theory in the creation of performances, videos, choreographies, set designs, texts, sculptural and multi-media installations for stages, galleries and site-specific settings as well as in various dramaturgical and curatorial roles. Since 1988 an extensive body of work has seen presentations and commissions for festivals in Australia, South Africa, South America, Japan, Canada and throughout Europe. Originally trained as a carpenter, he has a B.A. in Performance, is a qualified a Feldenkrais practitioner and in 2004 commenced studies in architecture. The culmination of these varied inquiries, each exploring the connection/intervention between the body and the built form, provide a unique platform of knowledge in his working life.
He also maintains a strong focus on collaborative exchange through his design and performance practice having worked with such artists as Rosie Dennis, Jeff Stein, Xavier Le Roy, Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal, Joao Fiadeiro, The Fondue Set, Alain Platel/Hans Van den Broeck (Les Ballets C de la B) and is a founding and ongoing member of Lone Twin Theatre (UK).
Current projects for 2011/12 include: The video project - Negotiate Bankstown, Free Radical for Generating the Impossible - Montreal, one of 12 selected international artists for the Prague Quadrennial Open Scenographic Lab, Return to Sender - concept and curation with Jeff Kahn - PSpace, Sydney and the major project Teaching a New Dog, Old Tricks in collaboration with Paul Granjon, commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts Centre.
He was the coordinating provocateur for the 2010 Splendid Arts Lab and continues in this role for 2011.
Julian is a theatre director, performer and devisor/collaborator. He holds a BA in Theatre and Media from Charles Sturt University Bathurst, is a graduate of the NIDA's director's course, and has trained with Philippe Gaulier (London) after being awarded the Lend Lease Scholarship from the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).
Julian is currently the Artistic Director of NORPA, the Northern Rivers Performing Arts Inc based in Lismore. For the company Julian has directed Not Like Beckett and The Bloody Bride and is currently developing new theatre works as part of NORPA's Generator Program. Julian has devised and directed Wilde Tales for B Sharp and Critical Stages' extensive tour of NSW and Five Stories High as part of the 2003 Sydney Festival for State of Play, which he co founded in 2001. Some credits from the last few years include: Director Monkey Shines for Loose Canon /Sydney Opera House, Associate Director The Underpants, Company B Belvoirs' national tour; Director, the Menotti Opera The Telephone and the Shakespearean Opera Project The Falling for The Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Director Performix and Contact for ATYP and was movement Director/ associate Director on Spurboard by Nick Enright for ATYP and STC.
Julian has extensive experience in directing youth theatre, creating original works in regional communities throughout Australia. Julian is a Board member of Kultour, a national touring body for multicultural arts and is on the Board of Spaghetti Circus based in Northern NSW.
Carli Leimbach is a Producer, Curator and Artist. She has developed and managed innovative, high quality arts projects and programs for large-scale outdoor festival settings in Australia, America, Indonesia and the United Kingdom including Zero1 Biennale San Jose USA, Burning Man Festival, Splendour In the Grass Festival, The Great Escape Festival, Cockatoo Island Festival, Gang Festival, Body Pacifica and Sydney Laneway Festival.
In her spare time she mixes eclectic film footage with hand made visuals with collective Pixel Vision presenting original multi-stream VJ performances, art installations and experimental audiovisual events. She has collaborated with international dancers, musicians and actors to provide visual events for Woodford Festival, Carnivale Festival, Sydney Latin American Film Festival, The Studio - SOH, Performance Space, Seymour Centre, Art Gallery of NSW, Melt Bar, Elizabeth Bay House and Plug n Play Sydney.
Working as Producer for Splendid, Carli has been able to draw on her experience when assisting in the design of the Art Labs, mentoring and overseeing project commissions for festival audiences. Her focus continues to be on creating interactivity and how to encourage artists to create work that will inspire, engage, question, puzzle, amuse, seduce and transform the festival site.
She believes passionately in the Splendid program developing large scale public art and performance that is imaginative and provides a "wow" factor outside the traditional gallery space.
Brett Adlington is Director of Lismore Regional Gallery. He has worked in the regional gallery sector for nearly 15 years since graduating from Sydney College of the Arts. Prior to Lismore Regional Gallery he worked in curatorial positions at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Gold Coast City Art Gallery and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. For Gold Coast City Art Gallery he produced over 30 exhibitions across a wide range of areas, many examining the particularities of Gold Coast culture. These include A Place in the sun: historical visions of the Gold Coast and All that Glitters ...contemporary visions of the Gold Coast. In 2005 he curated the Scott Redford solo exhibition The content of these paintings is secret, known only to the people of Surfers Paradise, and in 2002 he curated and toured 6ft + clean: surf + art to nine venues across the country.
Brett has curated numerous exhibitions in a freelance capacity including 12 Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland that toured throughout that state. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia.
His now defunct art practice included exhibitions at Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Centre for Photography, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Redland Art Gallery and Umbrella Studio.
Rhoda Roberts is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul and Gidabul clans of Northern NSW and South East QLD and is a versatile theatre maker, festival director, documentary film maker, actor, journalist, writer event manager. She is currently Producer with Vibe Australia, a dynamic Aboriginal media, communications and events management company; Creative Director of Rhoda Roberts Events; Producer and Festival Director for Boomerang 2012 and Dillybag Festivals; Curator of Rhoda Roberts Gallery; (Woodburn, NSW) and Artistic Director for Nukkan Ya Ruby (a series of tribute concerts for Ruby Hunter).
She was recently Creative Director for Sydney New Years Eve, and Consultant Festival Director for the Garma Festival, held in north-east Arnhem Land. Rhoda was the founder and Artistic Director of the annual International festival The Dreaming, based at Woodford QLD. She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT).
Rhoda was the Artistic Director of Sydney Dreaming Festival and the former Artistic Director of the Festival of the Dreaming staged in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Rhoda has been involved with a number of large international events including Creative Director, Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony; Rugby World Cup 2003; Athens Olympics handover ceremony and the opening ceremony of the Musee Du Quay Branley, Paris.
She has worked as an actor in numerous, film, stage and television productions, and is well known for her work as a journalist. She was the first Aboriginal to host a national prime time current affairs program.
She was recently commissioned to direct and write a new work for Opera Australia, Just a Blanket, and is currently completing her first novel Tullymorgan.