Julianne Pierce joins Adelaide Fringe as new Creative Producer

Julianne Pierce_editorialAdelaide Fringe has appointed highly experienced and respected arts professional Julianne Pierce as its new Creative Producer, bringing to the role more than 25 years experience in the Australian and international arts industries.

During her illustrious career, Pierce has worked as a curator, artist and producer specialising in digital and media arts. After a five-year stint as the Executive Director of artists company Blast Theory in the UK, Pierce returned to Australia in 2012. She was appointed Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies, where she worked until 2014.

Pierce said she was thrilled to be joining Adelaide Fringe as Creative Producer and working with new director Heather Croall to realise her dynamic and exciting vision.

“The Fringe team is a force of nature and I am delighted to be part of this renowned festival that brings artists and audiences together,said Pierce. “I have worked in the cultural sector in Adelaide, Sydney and UK and I’m so pleased to be in Adelaide at this time of such creative vibrancy.”

“The Adelaide Fringe is one of the world’s great arts festivals and I look forward to working with the many artists, sponsors, supporters and partners who make Adelaide the place to be every February and March.”

Adelaide Fringe Artistic Director & CEO Heather Croall said Pierce was an invaluable addition to the Adelaide Fringe team.

“We’re thrilled to have Julianne join us. Her expertise and passion for the South Australian arts industry are going to be incredible assets for us as we embark on a new era of the Adelaide Fringe,” said Ms Croall.

Pierce is responsible for producing the range of events delivered by Adelaide Fringe such as Desert Fringe in Port Augusta, Hospital Hilarity and new initiatives Street Art Explosion and Digital Playground.

Pierce has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Flinders University and is a founder member of the influential artists group VNS Matrix, which exhibited widely in Australia and internationally from 1991-97. She has curated events and exhibitions including Primavera 2003, the annual exhibition of emerging Australian artists for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the Artists’ Week program for the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2006 and 2008.

Pierce is currently the Chair of the Australia Council’s Experimental and Emerging Arts and was the Chair of the Board of the ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art) Foundation from 2006-13.

The 2016 Adelaide Fringe runs 12 February – 11 March. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Julianne Pierce