Jo Pollitt, Perth Australia
Jo Pollitt is a dancer and writer whose practice is grounded in creative arts research. She is currently completing a PhD at Edith Cowan University, holds an MA in Creative Arts and has worked with various companies and artists including Tasdance, Jennifer Monson (Syd/Melb/New York) and Rosalind Crisp (Perth, Berlin, Sydney). Jo developed the response project in 2000 as a creative methodology that houses her work as choreographer, writer and dramaturg. She was Co-director of the 1999 Hobart Fringe Festival and the 1998 Tasmanian Poetry and Dance Festival. Jo lectures at WAAPA, fronts co-works with Paea Leach and is the Co-Creative Director of BIG Kids Magazine with Lilly Blue.
Lilly Blue, Sydney Australia
Lilly Blue is a visual artist, educator and publisher with a background in pedagogical practice, studio research and community engagement. She currently works as Education and Visitor Experience Officer at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Creativity Consultant for Sydney Opera House where she was instrumental in the development of their Creative Leadership in Learning Program and The Creativity Framework. She co-founded contemporary arts publication BIG Kids Magazine with dancer/writer Jo Pollitt, and has worked internationally delivering arts residencies, professional development, creative commissions and exhibitions as well as designing programming for young audiences drawn from a rigorous personal practice. Lilly has been delivering classroom based studio practice across age groups in school, gallery and community settings for twenty-five years. Her personal philosophy has been to provoke meaningful encounters, impact significant learning outcomes, and grow compassionate, tolerant and creative future leaders through creative practice and connection with art and artists. She exhibits her work regularly and has been commissioned by Sydney Opera House, Belvoir Theatre Company, Manly Art Gallery, SCAF, co-works and myriad private investors.