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The Rest Is Up To You: Meet The Curators

14 October 2022, 1:30pm2:30pm
Location Keith Murdoch Gallery
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Kate Rhodes and Simon Abrahams will introduce the exhibition themes and key items from the festival archive, housed at State Library Victoria. They discuss the exhibition design and the graphic and sound design. They will explore where the festival began and conclude the tour with an invitation to visitors to leave their own stories about the future of art making at the Fringe.

About Simon

Simon is Melbourne Fringe’s Creative Director and CEO and is recognised as one of Australia’s arts and cultural leaders. His work explores the intersection of art and civic participation. Simon is a life member of Theatre Network Australia, an organisation he co-founded and then Chaired from 2010-2017. Simon has previously served as Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas and as Executive Producer and Co-CEO at Polyglot Theatre. 

He regularly works as a facilitator, host, peer assessor, mentor, judge and arts consultant, known for his expertise in inclusive leadership, advocacy, dramaturgy, work for children, and art in public space. Simon currently sits on the International Society for the Performing Arts Programming Committee (New York) and the City of Melbourne’s Night Time Economy Activation Taskforce. He is also a Trustee for the Betty Amsden Foundation.

In 2014, Simon was awarded a CHASS Australia Prize for leadership and was named as one of F+P Magazine’s Movers and Shakers in philanthropy in 2019.

About Kate

Kate Rhodes was born and grew up on Latje Latje country in regional Victoria and is Curator at State Library Victoria and a PhD candidate in the Architecture and Curatorial Programs at Monash University. 

Kate was Foundation Curator at RMIT Design Hub Gallery for its first ten years and has worked on art, craft, design and architecture exhibitions, workshops and creative activities in Australia and internationally since 2000. She was Creative Director of the State of Design Festival and Curator of its Design for Everyone program.

Kate has held the position of Curator at the Australian Centre for Design, Craft Victoria, Melbourne Fashion Festival and the National Design Centre and was Assistant Curator of Photography and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. As editor of architecture and design magazine Artichoke, Kate founded Artichoke Night School—a forum for taking design ideas in print into a live discussion which still runs today. In 2019 she co-edited the book An unreliable guide to jewellery by Lisa Walker with Nella Themelios, which has won national and international awards.

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