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Creative Director: Amanda King
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mobile: 0416 396 551

BA Visual Art, University of Wales, UK
Post Grad in Education, Reading University, UK
MA Fine Art, Melbourne University


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community projects

Multicultural Hub, Melbourne Nov-Dec 2009
Hands@The Hub Project.
Large decorated “Hamsa” quilt made with 1000 Ames clients.


Crooked Rib Project. City of Melbourne, Arts and Culture. 2008
Creative project with young Muslim Women in partnership with Muslim Women's council.
Exhibition in Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Mural painted with Mohammad Ali, sacred street artist from UK.


Gift of Light. Federation Square. June 2007
Light installation inspired by Vietnamese Moon Lanterns


Graffiti Mentoring Project. City of Melbourne. March 2007
Research with cross section of community with view to developing Graffiti Mentoring Program.540 m street art mural in Union Lane, Melbourne, created with young street artists.


Material World. Melbourne Fringe. Federation Square, Melbourne. September 2006
Consultant on house made with refugees using recycled materials.


Seychelles Dreaming installation. Moonee Valley. March 2006
Floating islands on Queens Park Lake for Commonwealth Games adopted country, Seychelles. Made with many groups from the community over several months.


art projects Amanda King  Citylink Mural. June 2005
In conjunction with Transurban and Moonee Valley Council. 53m stencilled mural on Moonee Valley Creek, working with students from Strathmore Secondary College.


The Stencil Project, Melbourne. November 2004
City of Melbourne project involving six primary schools participating in a series of workshops leading to an exhibition of stencils


Threshold @ Platform 2, Melbourne. August 2004
An exhibition of installations commenting on homelessness, developed from three months of workshops with homeless clients of St Vincent de Paul


Solid Ground, North Richmond Hosing Estate, Melbourne. April 2004
Weekly workshops with children exploring their world in relation to traditional
Vietnamese stories told at Moon Lantern festival


Spring Fling Festival, Melbourne. Sept 2003, 2001
Visual art coordinator creating artwork for the festival with the community,
including participants from primary schools, homeless shelters and centres for
clients with mental health issues


festival art projects by Amanda King Fringe Festival, Melbourne. Sept 2003
100m tablecloth for Fringe Feast in Federation Square made by the residents of
Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, using over twenty languages


Arts Access, Melbourne. March-June 2003
Workshops with residents at Western Lodge, homeless shelter to paint 100 doors


Children's Hospital, Melbourne. May-June 2003
Giant banner for international genetics conference made with clients with genetic disorders


Department of Housing, Housing Week, Melbourne. April 2003
Giant dolls' house for shopping mall made by families in interim housing


Public Domain, City of Melbourne. August 2001-October 2002
Consultation through art workshops with agencies of North and West
Melbourne, including school children, homeless men, a women's refuge,
teenagers with mental health issues and an aged care centre, to
consider large scale public art project with community


festival art projects by Amanda KingMelbourne International Festival, Melbourne. Oct 2002
Director of YOU ARE HERE: Laneway Labyrinth
Interactive installations event in a laneway evolved from Public Domain
project


festival art projects by Amanda KingTet, Vietnamese Lunar Festival, City of Yarra, Melbourne. February 2002
Giant banner inspired by Chinese astrology to hang down side of high-rise,
made with community groups on the North Richmond Housing Estate


Big West Festival, Footscray. November 2001
Giant origami lotus installation made through workshops with asylum
seekers from Asylum Seekers Resource Centre


Moon Lantern Festival, Richmond. October 2003, 2001
Art workshops to make stage backdrops and flags with community groups
from North Richmond Housing Estate


festival art projects by Amanda King South Grampians Autumn Festival, Hamilton. March 2000
Workshops with 11 rural community groups to make large banners


City of Whittlesea Community Festival, November 1999-March 2000
Artistic coordinator for festival, including:
Design of artistic layout of park
Workshops with 25 community and school groups to create large-scale Indian peplis


Immigration Museum, Melbourne. October-November 1999
Event Manager of 4 day 1st Birthday celebrations with 40 multicultural
performance groups


City of Port Phillip. Community Festival, Gasworks Arts Park. March 1999
Art Coordinator of visual theme in festival park
Workshops with 20 community and school groups to create large-scale
artwork on the theme of a Sense of Place


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international projects

WOMAD festival. NZ March 2012
Parade design and coordination


Respect Festival, UK. June 2010
Custom-made decorations


Larmertree., UK. July 2010
‘The Orchestra Parade’ Shake Rattle and Bang recycled instruments made in creative workshops over 3 days


walking tramWOMAD festival, UK July 2010 & July 2011
-Coordinator of World of Kids
Over 300 artists and volunteers, 3 days of creative workshops, site organisation
-Deserts of the World Parade creative workshops to make ‘The Ghan’ bamboo walking train.


One Love Reggae Festival, UK August 2010
Main stage and site decorations


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD festival, UK July 2008
Parade design on theme of Seasons


WOMAD festival. UK July 2007
Parade design on theme of Family


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD festival, UK July 2006
Foods of the World Parade. Prawns at the BBQ costumes.


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD festival, UK. July 2005
Parade costumes and props for Xango, the Afro-Brazilian god of thunder, made by families for parade


Ghana. December 2004
Development and creation of traditional Longmen (stilt walker) costumes and festival performance. December 2004


WOMAD festival, UK. July 2004
Giant prop workshops for parade


festival art projects by Amanda KingArte Moris, East Timor. July 2003
Workshops with youth leading to exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD Festival, Singapore. August 2002
Headdress and prop workshops on Australian theme


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD Festival, UK. July 2002
Costume workshops on African theme


Summer Surprises Festival, Dubai. July 2002
Art workshops in Children's City, on the theme of flowers


Greenwave School of Art, Calcutta, India. June 2001
Art workshops with children exploring their lives


Melbourne Museum, November 2001-February 2002
Coordinator of Important Things, an exhibition of artwork by children in
Calcutta following workshops with me in India, June 2001


Tram Jatra Project, Calcutta, India. February 2001
& Melbourne November 2001
2 Month cultural exchange project, leading to art installations in the
streets and tramways of Calcutta and Melbourne


WOMAD. UK July 2000
festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD, Caseres, Spain. May 2000
Workshops and installations based on Indian weddings


festival art projects by Amanda KingBurning Man Festival, Nevada, USA. September 1999
Large-scale artwork installation of peplis in the desert


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workshops

Woodfordia, Jan 2011
Spirit Houses for Indonesian celebration


Victoria Harbour, Melbourne. Oct 2009
Hoardings created with local children for Lend Lease.


Multicultural Arts Victoria. 2008,2007,2006
Workshops for newly arrived communities at Emerge Festival.


Arts Victoria. Artist in Schools Program. 2007
Making a sensory garden with students in Brunswick Special School.


Our Backyard. Multicultural Arts Victoria. October 2006
Giant quilt made from decorated Hamsa hands, for exhibit in Arts Centre.


Multicultural Arts Victoria Refugee Day, Melbourne June 2005, 2006
Mask and fabric making workshops with children and families


YPAA. Creative Collaborations Workshops. September-December 2006.
4 artists workshopping with young adults on the theme of creative collaboration through practical application. In Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne Perth and Canberra.


Moonee Valley Festival. February 2004
Stencilled boards made through workshops with local secondary student


Day of the Dead @ ArtPlay, Melbourne. October 2004
Children's workshops inspired by Mexican Dia de los Meurtos festival, making giant skeletons, sugar skulls and a community decorative altar


Milparinka, Melbourne. Feb 2004 -
Weekly art workshops with mentally and physically challenged clients


festival art projects by Amanda KingArtPlay, Melbourne ~ Feb 2004
One month Rangoli workshops with school groups and families,
examining cultural practices of India, and building a collaborative installation


festival art projects by Amanda KingArte Moris, East Timor. July 2003
Workshops with youth leading to exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne


festival art projects by Amanda KingArts Access, Melbourne. March-June 2003
Workshops with residents at Western Lodge, homeless shelter to paint 100 doors


City of Glen Eira community festivals, Melbourne. March 2003, 2004
Headdress workshops for children at festival


Wicked Children's Festival, Gasworks Arts Park, Port Melbourne. September 2002
Visual Art Coordinator, of over 80 art workshops over 8 days


Moomba, Garden Party. March 2002, 2001, 2000
Headdress workshops with families at festival


Arts Victoria Artist in Schools Program, Melbourne. November 2000
Melbourne Girls' School month workshop residency to create costumes and props for Moomba Parade


Earthcore, Lake Eildon. Millennium Party. December 1999
Organiser of 7-day festival workshops program in the bush


City of Darebin, Artist in Residence Program. May 1999
Creation of relief printed portraits with 100 local children to
celebrate the new community of ethnic diversity in Darebin


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parades and costumes

WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2012
Insect Parade design and coordination.


WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2011
Parrot Parade design and coordination.


WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2010
Carnival/Circus Parade design and coordination.


WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2009
European Carnival Parade design and coordination.


WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2008
Parade design and creation on theme of Samba


FINA Cultural Festival. Melbourne. March 2007
Sea Nymphs and Sea Nid costumes made by families at festival.


WOMAD. Adelaide. March 2007
Pacifica Parade, with props and costumes made on site.


Moonee Valley Festival 30 Birthday. February 2007
Design and coordination of lantern parade with theme of Birds.


WOMAD Adelaide. March 2006
Ashanti theme parade, costumes and props


Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 2006
Athletes’ village Ghanaian stilt walker performances - designed and created.


Australia Day Parade. Manningham. January 2006
Costumes and props inspired by traditional Trinidad carnival character the Jab-Jab, referencing the Commonwealth Games adopted country of Trinidad and Tobago.


Moomba, Melbourne. March 2005
Float and props design and creation on theme of African Kitchen, for parade


WOMAD, Adelaide. March 2005
Parade created through workshops over three days, based on traditional Trinidad carnival angels and devils theme


WOMAD, Riverwood, UK. July 2004
Giant prop workshops for parade


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD, Adelaide. March 2004
Costume and prop workshops for parade on theme of Indian Dusshera


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD Festival, Singapore. August 2002
Headdress and prop workshops on Australian theme


festival art projects by Amanda KingWOMAD Festival, UK. July 2002
Costume workshops on African theme


festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba. Melbourne. March 2001
Stilt-walker group costumes inspired by the Afro Cuban Orisha deities


Arts Victoria Artist in Schools Program, Melbourne. November 2000
Melbourne Girls' School month workshop residency to create costumes and
props for Moomba Parade


festival art projects by Amanda KingFringe Festival, Melbourne. October 1998
Bloco Xango float with 90 professional and community performers for
Brunswick Street Parade, inspired by Afro Brazilian carnival



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site decor and installations

Summer at the House. Sydney Opera House. Jan 2012
Interactive sculptures.


National gallery of Victoria. 150 year celebration. May 2011
Commissioned installation inspired by Trinitarius carpet in collection


City of Melbourne. March 2011, 2012
Moomba. commissioned installations


Woodford Festival. Janurary 2008
Labyrinth of Light


Mural, Brunswick. May 2005
18m in length on the theme of nature


festival art projects by Amanda KingRainbow Serpent Festival, Beaufort. Jan 2004
Tipi making workshop at festival


East Coast Roots & Blues Festival, Byron Bay. April 2003
Commissioned flags


Woodford Festival, Woodford. January 2003
Commissioned artist to work on interactive installation of Tibetan Prayer Wheels


Outback Eclipse Festival, Lyndhurst. December 2002
Commissioned installation Labyrinth of Fire


Wicked Children's Festival, Gasworks Arts Park, Port Melbourne.
July 2002, July 2000
Site installation, Hoop-La, covering outer wall, made from hoola hoop 'chain mail' by local children


Art Horses, Exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Sept 2001
Roa Jodha's Horse inspired by the culture of Rajastan.


Melbourne Museum, Melbourne. Sept 2000
Commissioned installation for courtyard, with interactive public elements.


festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba Festival. March 1999
Mural painting with community on City Square hoardings to celebrate Melbourne.


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decorated trams

festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba, Melbourne. March 2002
Trams on Parade. Painted The Goods Tram inspired by Pakistani decorated trucks.
Craned to Melbourne Museum and painted with children from local schools


Tram Jatra Project, Calcutta, India. February 2001
& Melbourne November 2001
2 Month cultural exchange project, leading to art installations in the
streets and tramways of Calcutta and Melbourne.


Tram Jatra, Melbourne. November 2001
Moving Message. LED installation on City Circle Trams.


festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba Festival, Melbourne. March 2001
Trams on Parade. Painted Durga Tram. Inspired by the imagery of Durga Puja, Calcutta


festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba Festival, Melbourne. March 2000
Painted Carmen Miranda tram for Trams On Parade
The Love Tram tram-painting workshop with public in the street


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rangoli

Multicultural Commission. Viva festival. March 2011
Interactive Rangoli


The Arts Centre. Nov 2009. Large food Rangoli
Part of Mix It Up, with Indian fusion theme.


Big West Festival. November 2007
Giant food Rangoli for opening night.


National Gallery of Victoria. April 2007
Giant Rangoli in Great Hall, made over 2 days.


Awakenings Festival. Horsham. October 2006
Rangoli in the Street, made with groups with special needs.


Taste of a Nation, Gasworks Arts Park. February 2005
Interactive Rangoli made of foods, after workshops with local school students


festival art projects by Amanda KingNational Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne January 2005
Two-day interactive Rangoli installation in The Great Hall


festival art projects by Amanda KingArtPlay, Melbourne. Feb 2004
One-month Rangoli workshops with school groups and families, examining cultural
practices of India, and building a collaborative installation


festival art projects by Amanda KingWoodford Festival, Queensland. Dec 2003
Commissioned installation of giant Rangoli in natural materials


WOMAD, Adelaide. March 2003
Commissioned participatory installation "Rangoli"


festival art projects by Amanda KingFringe Festival, Melbourne. September 2001
Commissioned interactive Rangoli made from food


festival art projects by Amanda KingMoomba. City Square, Melbourne 2001
Interactive Rangoli in recycled plastics


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big animals

WOMAD, Adelaide 2010
The Big WOMAD Lion
Interactive installation decorated during the four day festival.


Sydney Festival. Jan 2010
The Big Tiger. A giant Tiger, decoraretd by the public on First Night. It will then appear at Tooronga Zoo, and Mardi Gras.


Taste of Tasmania. Jan 2009. The Big Devil.
Interactive installation, decorated by the public during the 10 day festival.


Sydney Festival. 2009-12-01 The Little Devil
Interactive installation decorated by the public on First Night. Then appearing at Tooronga Zoo and Mardi Gras


festival art projects by Amanda KingThe Big Dugong. Riverfestival. Brisbane. September 2006
14m Dugong made from bamboo, covered in recycled plastic ‘fur’ made by public over 10 days.


festival art projects by Amanda KingThe Big Dingo. Commonwealth Games Festival. March 2006
Inspired by Australia's 'big things', a giant Dingo installed in the park, and over 10 days 'fur' added through public workshops, making thousands of Australian wild flowers from recycled plastic bottles.

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