You Are Here 2013 is done, my third and final turn as co-producer. Cue violins and hand me a tissue. I can’t even begin to tell you what an impact this festival has made on my life, professionally and otherwise, in no small part due to the huge number of incredible individuals I have had the honour of calling my colleagues and subsequently friends since undertaking the project with Finnigan in late 2010. Yes there will be a You Are Here in 2014. Right now I’m working with the incoming producers and rest of the YAH team to figure out which way is forward. Put in a good word for us, if you know someone who might listen. If you didn’t get to make it to the 2013 festival, or to not enough of it, then I highly recommend whiling away the hours over at the You Are Here Vimeo page, where you can pretty much re-live the entire thing. BYO violins and tissue box.
Elsewhere, I’m really chuffed to have a piece included in the current issue of Meanjin – the Canberra birthday edition spectacular. Editor Zora Sanders initially invited me to write about Canberra’s art scene, but as I tend to do that with some regularity (see: this blog) I annoyingly asked if I could instead throw caution to the wind and get a little more, well, personal and sappy. Thanks Zora for humouring me, and advance apologies to readers. You may again need that tissue box, or a bucket. But truly, writing about Canberra as a place of great meaning to me was surprisingly difficult, completely out of my comfort zone and therefore a great experience. The edition is on sale now at Paperchain bookstore in Manuka and of course online.
Also in the world of publishing, I’m looking forward to the May edition of Landscape Architecture Australia magazine, having contributed an article on some of Canberra’s young designers and design collectives currently shaping the way things are done around these parts. Thanks to guest editor Neil Hobbs for the invite, I look forward to sharing the piece here later on down the track.
A little later this month I’m excited to be helping ANCA celebrate their 21st anniversary – speaking at the ANCA Now! symposium on April 19th. The one-day symposium coincides with exhibitions at both ANCA and Canberra Museum and Gallery, looking back on the cast of artists who have been engaged with the studio facility over the years. Highly recommended for anyone interested in ARIs, and/or their past, present and future in Canberra – Come Along!
And finally, I’m about to get stuck in to a new role that I’m totally thrilled about. Exciting things are on the horizon. More to share soon.