2021 NOMINATIONS

Nominations received to date for the AICSA Executive Committee (including biography and a short statement on interest to join the committee)

Nominations can be received up until the start of the Annual General Meeting at 5pm on Wednesday 26 May 2021. There are eight continuing Executive Committee members with two vacancies on the committee.

JESSICA ALICE

Biography

I’m a poet and artistic director/CEO hailing from the western suburbs of Melbourne and now living and working on Kaurna Yerta. I’m the Director of Writers SA, representing writers and writing in all its forms in South Australia, and I’m the Deputy Chair of AICSA. I’ve held senior roles across programming and marketing with Melbourne Writers Festival, Regional Arts Victoria and National Young Writers Festival; I’ve served on boards including SYN Media and Melbourne International Arts Festival (now RISING); and I’m an alumna of the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program. I’m currently completing my MFA in Cultural Leadership at NIDA with a focus on advocacy and cultural policy, and I contribute poetry, essays and criticism for publications including Guardian Australia, Metro Magazine, Overland and Australian Poetry Journal.

Statement

I’ve enjoyed two impactful years on the AICSA Executive Committee and I’m re-nominating to continue contributing to the SA arts sector in this pivotal way. In my time as Deputy Chair I’ve represented AICSA to the media, hosted public events, and advocated on the sector’s behalf to the State Government, appearing before the Legislative Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and the Covid‑19 Response Committee. I’m currently a member of AICSA’s Resources sub-committee and the Advocacy sub-committee, and have begun work with AICSA on our strategies leading into the state and federal elections. I’m a particularly vocal supporter of First Nations arts and culture, independent artists, and the small-to-medium sector for an equitable, thriving arts ecology. It would be an honour to continue working with AICSA and the Executive Committee in service of all SA artists.

BECCI LOVE

Biograpy

I am an arts and events producer, who has spent my career working for arts organisations and festivals with the aim of supporting artists and communities. I started young as a volunteer at Carclew and the Fringe, moving to an Arts Administration traineeship at Carclew where I was introduced to the wider SA arts sector. Since then I have worked in a number of short to medium term positions at most SA arts organisations, as a casual, a freelancer, and on rolling longer-term contracts. I have sat on committees and boards, and assessment panels for the Australia Council, Arts SA, SA Screen Awards, Adelaide Film and Fringe Festivals, and Carclew. I am not an artist, but my roles always require a creative approach. Whether it’s due to funding constraints, or logistical ones, my main driver is to always ensure the artists, arts workers, or volunteers I work with are supported.

Statement

I know first-hand how precarious this sector is, and even though I do have all that experience above, I am still in precarious employment. I worry that despite my experience, it may take a complete shift to another industry to be able to attain any kind of job security. And I’m one of the luckier ones. This is one of the reasons I wish to join the AICSA committee – there are many artists and arts workers who are excluded from conversations about how to improve the sector, and their working conditions; who don’t know AICSA exists; who don’t know what union can help them; who want things to change, but would be better heard if they joined others. I have seen AICSA grow and change over the last few years into an organisation that really can help amplify the concerns of all members of this sector, more than ever before, and I want to do my part to contribute to that.

REBECCA PEARCE

Biography

Rebecca has over 20 years experience working in programming and creative producing. She has managed arts projects across the creative fields of music, dance and theatre. Rebecca has worked on major Australian arts festivals including Brisbane Festival, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and WOMADelaide, together with the international festivals Singapore Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Fringe. She received an Asialink residency as Program Manager with Singapore Arts festival, and a residency with Quaternaire one of Europe’s leading creative producing and booking agencies in Paris. She has been a Helpmann Award Panel member for Cabaret and also Contemporary Music, and was the recipient of 2020 AIR Women In Music Mentor Program. Rebecca was appointed as the international focal point for the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music in 2017 – Adelaide was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2015. Rebecca has helped to guide and successfully initiate several projects and artistic residencies. She has also represented Adelaide UNESCO City of Music as a speaker on international panels in Kingston Jamaica, Katowice Poland, Fabriano Italy, and Ulsan Korea. Rebecca is currently the CEO for Adelaide City of Music, and also a freelance producer supporting South Australian independent artists.

Statement

Like many of my peers, friends and colleagues,  I too have experienced a very challenging year, and know first-hand the fragility of our sector. Over much of my career I have been very fortunate to have been supported by large arts organisations however due to the impact of COVID over the past 12 months I have had to work independently and with much uncertainty. During much of this time, I have been privileged to work closely with several independent artists, and have come to learn more and more of the challenges experienced by so many artists and arts workers in the sector (some of which I have experienced directly). I recognise and value the important ecosystem we are all a part of, and would like to support and contribute to change for our sector, to help harness opportunities for artists and artworkers and provide a voice for the sector.