'The pursuit of major experimental and interdisciplinary projects in a festival context is more than rocking up and presenting your work. The role of a Situate provocateur is to foster both ambition and groundedness in early career contemporary art professionals who want to extend their practice out into the festival world; including inspiring new ideas and generating meaningful engagement with all aspects of the collaborative development and production required to successfully present major new outdoor works'
Jonathan is on the Situate Assessment and Planning Panel, and will be joining the 2018 Arts Lab as a Provocateur
Jonathan Kimberley is a senior curator, artist and writer, based in Tasmania, Australia. He was awarded an MFA (Research), University of Western Australia (2010) ranked in the top 5% of MFA’s internationally; and a BA (Fine Art) RMIT University, Melbourne (1990). In 2016 he was appointed Director of GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) Tasmania, a unique 9 hectare outdoor ‘gallery’, open 24/7 and developing a major new international and intercultural contemporary art & culture program. Previously he was Curator of Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10, 2015 : everywhere all at once...here(2014-2015), where he curated an international residency based program supporting 76 artists from many nations across Australia and around the world, each of whom made experimental site-specific works, which culminated in MPB#10 in October 2015.
He was also founding Curator & Manager (1998-2001) & Senior Curator & Manager (2012-2013) of Warmun Art Centre , in northern WA, where he developed numerous major projects including: Lena Nyadbi, 'Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) 2013, a globally significant 700 sqm rooftop installation at the Musee du quai Branly, Paris; Established the 'Gija Two-Way Learning' partnership with University of Melbourne CCMC; Established the first MediaLab@WAC; as well as a significant national and international exhibition comprising 20 exhibitions per year and a studio program for over 80 artists. Between 2001 – present, he has also undertaken numerous freelance consultancies.
Kimberley's career as a professional interdisciplinary artist also spans more than 25 years and includes more than 60 exhibitions, projects and residencies in Australia and Internationally.