We’re delighted to welcome two outstanding creative Australians to be our inaugural Artists-in-Residence in 2017.
These residencies offer an extended opportunity for them to engage with the Centre, and for you, our audience, to engage with them as they unearth and amplify the marvellous events presented here in 2017.
Paul Grabowsky AO has been a director of some of Australia’s most prominent arts festivals, the composer of nearly thirty feature film scores and several works of music theatre, the founder and leader of the Australian Art Orchestra, an executive at the ABC, and is currently at Monash University, where he heads up the Academy of Performing Arts. His musical journeys have resulted in collaborations with musicians from many countries, not least with the First Nations peoples of Australia, and those journeys continue. Among his many awards are five ARIAs, the Melbourne Prize for Music and an H.C. Coombs Fellowship. In recognition of his achievements he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Acclaimed author Chloe Hooper is our inaugural Writer-in-Residence. Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime (2002), was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Literature and was a New York Times Notable Book. In residence throughout the year, Chloe will be focusing on various performances and aspects to the venue, observing, interacting and responding to audiences, artists and staff as they share the experience of live music.