Michelle McCosker Creative Director
Michelle is a visual artist and curator fascinated by the relationship between art and the everyday. In her early twenties Michelle was one of the main curators and founding directors of Knot Gallery where she developed a distinctive ‘installation’ aesthetic in the face of conventional artwork in a bid to be non-exclusive and engage non-traditional art audiences. Her own personal artwork style is textile, assemblage and found-object based often using recycled or re-purposed materials.
As one half of artist duo Reef Knot, Michelle has co-directed a number of public art and installation works including I Heart Kings Cross (2009) for City of Sydney’s Art and About Festival, City of Sydney’s Live Lanes projects The Sky is Falling! (2008), Windows to Imaginary Places (2007) and most recently Council Clean Up (2010). For Underbelly Public Arts Lab & Festival Reef Knot presented immersive works in the Carriageworks foyer, Zen and the Art of Train Riding (2007) and Hot Air (2008). Other recent projects include the music stage and foyer decor at the Finders Keepers Markets (2009-10), Hills Hoist stage decor (2005-07) and sculpture garden (2005-08) at Peats Ridge Festival as well as knitted installations for Good Vibrations Festival (2010) and Forbes & Burton Cafe (2010).
Imogen Semmler / The Occasional Collective Producer
Imogen Semmler is a creative producer and curator/programmer who has worked on a wide range of arts events and projects. She is Creative Director of Underbelly Arts, an event for emerging and experimental artists in Sydney. She was Program Coordinator for Festival First Night, Sydney Festival in 2009 & 2010; she produced the award winning show ‘Monster of the Deep 3D’ for the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival; and was the Executive Producer of Arts and Performance (Sideways Alley) at Peats Ridge Festival in 2008/2009. Imogen is also a freelance documentary researcher and was a radio presenter on FBI Radio, Sydney from 2006-2009.
The Occasional Collective is Imogen’s new production company which sees her collaborating with an ever changing collective of individuals to present exciting and innovative art projects. On Sydney Statues: Project she has worked with with a team of textile artists, designers, engineers and production crew, fabricators, performers, consultants and researchers.
Alasdair Nicol / Tendril Productions Production Manager
Alasdair Nicol from Tendril Productions has over a decade of experience in the arts as both a creative and producer. A founding director of Knot Gallery, he has curated or produced in excess of 100 exhibitions and multi-arts events featuring work by a mix of young, emerging, experimental and more established artists working in all media.
As a director of Reef Knot he has produced a number of installations and temporary public art works throughout Sydney for Underbelly Public Arts Lab & Festival, Art & About and CIty Art’s Laneways Project. He has extensive experience in producing and production managing visual content for festivals including Sydney Festival First Night, Chalk Urban Art Festival, The Great Escape and Peats Ridge Festival’s arts & culture program.
A multi-disciplinary artist he has exhibited work in over 50 group exhibitions and 14 solo or collaborative shows. A founding director of Knot Gallery, he has curated or produced in excess of 100 exhibitions and multi-arts events featuring work by a mix of young, emerging, experimental and more established artists working in all media.
Tendril Productions works with a diverse network of specialists to provide production, site & creative producer services to the arts, events and festival industries. www.tendril.net.au
Brendan Phelan Researcher
Dr Anne Maree Whitaker Archive Researcher
Anne-Maree Whitaker has a PhD in Australian history from Macquarie University. She is an independent professional historian who has written seven books including pictorial histories of South Sydney and Marrickville. Her biography Joseph Foveaux was shortlisted for the Premier’s Literary Awards in 2001, and in 2010 she won a National Trust Heritage Award for ‘Sydney Parks – Signage and History Website’. Anne-Maree is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Royal Historical Society (UK), and a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW).
Cathy Craige Indigenous Consultant
Cathy has a long career in Aboriginal media and the arts. Her experience expands across disciplines and she has worked as a producer, administrator, manager, researcher and writer in many Indigenous initiatives. Cathy is passsionate about Koori history in Sydney and is currently working on several projects based on Sydney Aboriginal stories.
Eddie Sharp Script Writer
David West / International Conservation Services Conservation Consultant
Imogen Semmler – Producer