Elizabeth Walsh is a respected figure across the arts in Australia and internationally. Her work and knowledge span the performing and visual arts, from small to medium size companies to major centres for the creative arts and multi-artform festivals. She has been a key figure in the development of Australian programme content which is both culturally relevant to audiences and pushes the boundaries of contemporary arts practice.
Elizabeth Walsh is currently the Artistic Director of Ten Days on the Island (2007, 2009 and 2011) having been involved since its inception as Programme Manager (2001) and Executive Producer (2002–2005). Her 2009 programme presented sixteen Australian premieres of international performing artists and ten world premieres of commissioned and co-commissioned works, in addition to eight curated exhibitions and installations. The programme was presented in 52 communities across Tasmania and attracted attendances in excess of 195,000 building on attendances in 2007 of over 160,000.
Elizabeth is former Programme Manager of the Sydney Festival (1994–1997) and Sydney Opera House Trust (1997–1999), Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre (1991–1994) and held various roles with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (1983–1989), including that of producer, Tour and Company manager.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama and has worked in a freelance capacity with companies and artists including Circus Oz, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Danceworks, Lyndal Jones and Anthony Steel and Associates.
She is currently an external artistic assessor for Creative New Zealand, a member of the Dance Board of the Australia Council, a board member of Theatre Royal (Hobart), a member of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals and a life member of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
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