Kelli Alred has eighteen years of experience as an artistic director, curator, program manager, executive producer, researcher and consultant. She has worked across Europe, the USA and Australia to manage the delivery of festivals and exhibitions; establish new commissioning and residency programs; produce large-scale installations and performances; serve on advisory boards and contribute to the development of acquisition strategies and accessioning procedures for museums and private collectors.

Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Channels Festival: International Biennial of Video Art and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of VCA and MCM. She was Visual Art Program Manager for Melbourne Festival in 2018 and President on the Board of Directors for Liquid Architecture from 2014 – 2018.

Recent projects include curating the exhibition Temporal Proximities at the Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent including work by Angelica Mesiti and Jill Orr; presenting the Australian premier of The Exhibition of a Film curated by Mathieu Copeland at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI); as well as working on the development and delivery of large-scale public art projects in collaboration with Dark Mofo (MONA) and the Vrystaat Arts Festival in South Africa.

She has also led research projects, convened panel discussions, organised symposia, presented lectures and taught students at RMIT University, Goldsmiths College University of London, Manchester University, Chelsea College of the Arts, Amsterdam Maastricht University, University of Florida, and many others.

Other career highlights include:

  • Presenting a large-scale work by Ryoji Ikeda in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall
  • Being invited as curatorial advisor to the exhibition Synthetic Times at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing (NAMoC)
  • Working in dialogue with curator Nicolas Bourriaud to commission new work for the 2008 Altermodern Triennial at Tate Britain
  • Co-presenting a public art work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Trafalgar Square in collaboration with The National Gallery, the ICA and London’s Science Museum
  • Commissioning new work by Raqs Media Collective for the Art Now program at Tate Britain
  • Co-curating a two week festival of live art across five venues for Site Gallery in the north of England, including the UK premier of work by Tehching Hsieh
  • Being part of the curatorial team responsible for re-enacting work from the 1960s by Fluxus artists, George Maciunas, Alison Knowles and John Cage
  • Curating an exhibition of video art from the 1970s at the Netherlands Media Arts Institute, including work by Joan Jonas, Vito Acconci and Allan Kaprow
  • Collaborating with Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, to produce films for broadcast on Channel 4.

Contact: kelli | at | channelsfestival | net | au