Experimenta Welcomes New Artistic Director

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 29 July 2013.

Experimenta is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Parsons as Artistic Director of Experimenta. Jonathan will be joining the Experimenta team from September 2013.

Jonathan has over twenty years of experience working in arts and culture in Australia and internationally. He has just completed his role as Director of ISEA2013 (International Symposium on Electronic Art), an international festival of art, technology and ideas in Sydney, in partnership with Vivid Sydney. ISEA was held in Sydney June 7 – 16 and featured over 200 media artists in an extensive public program of exhibitions and performances as well as a successful international conference. He is currently producing a major event on the theme of robots to profile the new Science and Technology Centre, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), August 18 2013. The event will profile major developments in robotics from Australia and overseas.

Jonathan said, “I am thrilled to be joining the exceptional team at Experimenta, Australia’s leading media arts organisation. I want Experimenta to continue to push the boundaries of experimental art by working closely with the most exciting artists to develop and present high quality artworks that will delight and enthrall audiences across the country.”

Jen Mizuik, Director of Experimenta, said, “We are looking forward to Jonathan bringing his experience and enthusiasm to build on the successes we have enjoyed over the years. There was a fantastic response to the call out, and we were really encouraged by the quality of candidates who wanted to work with us. We are very pleased that Jonathan will be leading the artistic vision for the organisation.

Jonathan has extensive arts administration and management experience working for a range of festivals, cultural institutions and performing arts companies. He has developed a broad range of cultural programs across Australia and internationally including Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and London, including for the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Riverfestival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Pacific Wave Festival, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Awesome Festival and the London International Festival of Theatre.