Over thirty years’ experience in the arts and events
with a reputation for delivering
the right thing at the right time
with care and flair

ABA works with private and public agencies to develop new and existing arts projects, festivals and events, to manage and/or direct them to the highest professional levels, and to provide consultancy, analysis and advice on management in the arts. This includes strategic planning and review, artistic direction, feasibility studies and project management.

Our expertise has been called upon by governments, arts centres, international festivals, small local festivals, touring companies, training institutions and many others, large and small.

We like taking on challenging and interesting projects, working with great people, having fun, getting it right and making a difference.


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Recent projects include planning, producing and reviewing festivals; creating arts-based proposals, analysis and policy for governments; and strategic planning and producing for theatre and events:

-developing, with our associates Brecknock Consulting, a Draft Cultural Strategy for Sydney’s Sutherland Shire

-undertaking a review of Melbourne’s second Due West Festival.

-working with Perth’s acclaimed touring theatre company The Last Great Hunt to develop a productive strategic plan for the development of their unique style and structure

-developing a Creative Arts Facilities Strategy for Ku-Ring-Gai  Council in Sydney, also with Brecknock Consulting.

We devised and delivered the events program for Frankston’s second Big Picture Fest in 2019, a street art festival that is transforming the face of this Melbourne seaside destination, following a successful pilot early in 2018. We worked again with our associates at Brecknock  and street art guru Joel Moore. There was also some financial benchmarking of the Substation for the City of Hobson’s Bay and a high-level review of the Australian Theatre Forum for Theatre Network Australia.

We’ve also worked with the Bathurst Regional Council in NSW to develop their Inland Sea of Sound festival and look at a five-year plan for making it even better. And we’ve been working with the Victorian Government’s Creative Victoria to help develop new frameworks and plans for performing arts touring in Victoria.

ABA’s consulting practice has been working on a range of projects over recent years – from devising a new plan for providing services to the Circus and Physical Theatre Industry  to reviewing a grants program in the City of Moreland, helping to devise the new framework for Victoria’s winning bid to produce and transform the Australian Performing Arts Market, establishing a Festivals and Events Framework and Strategy for Wyndham City, and undertaking an evaluation of the City of Maribyrnong’s new Due West immersive arts festival.

Some other projects of recent years include:

•Working with the Australia Council to develop a National Festivals Strategy
•Creating a 20-year cultural plan for the Bathurst Regional Council with Brecknock Consulting
•Making a business case for State Theatre SA’s  new headquarters and venue;
drafting Adelaide 2055, a 40-year vision for the arts in South Australia
•A review of the City of Maribyrnong’s Festival City Policy and development of a model for a new artist focused festival for the area.
•Artistic direction and writing of a significant and moving one-off major event in the Melbourne Town Hall commemorating the centenary of the beginning of World War I
•Being Artistic Associate and Creative Producer of an international circus program for the Melbourne Festival, including producing a new Australian-Chinese circus collaboration
•Producing two astonishing Synaesthesia weekends at Tasmania’s sensational MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), our favourite art museum which we opened back in 2011 with a three-day festival in amongst producing several of the first MONA FOMA festivals with our friends at Insite Arts
•Producing the Melbourne Ring Festival for Opera Australia to celebrate the Melbourne production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.

(for a full list, see Clients & Testimonials or for more details of highlight projects check out Past Projects)

Andrew Bleby and Associates Pty Ltd.   ACN: 133 380 300   ABN: 78 133 380 300