Artistic Director / Co-CEO Paul Gazzola is an artist and curator working in the expanded field of participatory art practice, sculpture, video and scenography. Over the last 20 years he has generated an innovative array of projects across visual art, architecture, installation, video and theory that have been commissioned and presented in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, South America, the UK and throughout Europe. He originally trained as a carpenter, has a B.A. in Performance (Dance), is a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner and in 2004, commenced studies in architecture. The culmination of these varied inquiries – each distinctly exploring the spatial and performative relationships between the body, site, place and the built form – provide a unique platform of knowledge in his working life.
His extensive working collaborations include such artists as Rosie Dennis, Paul Granjon, Xavier Le Roy, Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal & Joey Ruigrok van den Werven and with such companies as Les Ballets C de le B, Fieldworks Performance Group and MachineNoisy. He is also a founding member of Lone Twin Theatre (UK).
He has curated as well as held lead coordinating roles in the facilitation of community arts projects in Australia, South Africa and Europe including; Curator of Temporary Democracies, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW 2012 -14; Temporary Art Gallery – Noarlunga & Waikerie, 2013/14; Co-curator of Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix since 2013; Curator of Coming Soon, Tanz im August, Berlin, 2006; Lead artist/coordinating facilitator Openlab2014 and 16, South Africa; Curator of Placelab15, City of Onkaparinga, 2015; Co-Curator SEAM13, Interdisciplinary Symposium, Sydney, 2013; Co-curator, Return to Sender, Performance Space, NSW, 2011; Coordinating Provocateur – Splendid Arts Lab & Situate-Art in Festivals from 2010 – 14 & in 2015 he was a Companion Curator for Performing Mobilities, Melbourne.