ARTS LAB PROVOCATEUR 2016
Tristan Meecham and collaborator Bec Reid make up All The Queens Men, working across performance, project management, producing, curating, directing and choreography.
All The Queens Men has created spectacular, large-scale accessible theatrical and participatory arts experiences. In Fun Run (2015 ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival; Finland, 2015 Ansan Street Arts Festival: South Korea, 2013 Sydney Festival; Opening Event, 2011 Darwin Festival, 2010 Next Wave Festival), Tristan runs a marathon on a treadmill live on stage supported by a cast of hundreds from the wider community. In Game Show(2014 Festival of Live Art; Arts House, 2013 World Theatre Festival: Brisbane Powerhouse), 50 contestants compete each night for the chance to take home a grand showcase of prizes: the hosts very own possessions! All The Queens Men are currently developing The Coming Back Out Ball, a participatory spectacle collaborating with LGBTI elderly in care facilities. The event will combat ageism and homophobia by celebrating the stories and lives of these LGBTI pioneers. All The Queens Men received Myer Foundation Capacity Building funding in 2015.
Tristan was the Artistic Director of Give it up for Margaret: A month of philanthropic inspiration, a program of events, (in partnership with The Victorian College of the Arts, The Margaret Lawrence Bequest and over 20 subsidiary organisations), which aimed to inspire broader discussion around innovative philanthropy and the arts.
He was a Curator and Lead Artist for Going Nowhere, a sustainable international arts exchange program at Melbourne’s Art’s House. Going Nowhere (2015 Green Room Award winner for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary Performance) explored how artists, communities and audiences can sustainably generate international creative experiences without getting on a plane. Most recently, he remounted The Everyday Imaginarium as part of Vitalstatistix’sClimate Century project in Port Adelaide.
Tristan is the recipient of the VCA George Fairfax Memorial Award and the British Council’s Realise Your Dream Award. He is the Chair of Green Room Award’s Contemporary and Experimental Performance Panel.
From 2010-2014, Tristan was an Artistic Associate and the Philanthropic Manager of Aphids. His collaborations included Drive In Project (2013 Dromana Drive In), The Lady and The Tiger (2012 West Space Gallery), Thrashing Without Looking(2012 Mobile States National Tour), Fever Beach, (Associate Producer 2012) and The Family Show(2012/2014 Salamanca Arts). He now sits on Aphids committee of management.
Tristan completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at QUT and Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) at VCA, where he was awarded the inaugural Richard Pratt Scholarship for Outstanding Acting Student. He works as a voice over artist, actor and teacher. Credits include Brendo in Being Brendo(2010-2013 VAC/ X;Machine Productions), an online soap co-staring Geoffrey Rush, Denise Scott and Judith Lucy, The Collector (2013 The Artisan Collective) and Cleansed (2008 Adena Jacobs).