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 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.
WHAT ARE WE UP TO NOW?
Festivals and Events: We’ve been awarded one of two major commissions for Victoria’s Regional Centre of Culture in 2018. We’ll be producing an astonishing new show called Demolish, conceived by Clunes-based artists Russell:Evans which we’ll be staging on a demolition site in Bendigo next October. Before then, however, we’re working with our associates Brecknock Consulting to create a new festival of Street Art in Frankston.
We’re also working on a special festival event with the University of Melbourne (watch this space); helping to shape Bathurst’s Inland Sea of Sound festival and recently prepared a plan for a one-off celebration in the cultural precinct of central Geelong (a space to watch!).
Consulting: ABA’s consulting practice has been working with the Victorian government and several local governments on a range of projects – 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, 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.
Andrew Bleby recently worked with Creative Victoria to develop a national project, after earlier helping the Australia Council to develop a National Festivals Strategy and creating a 20-year cultural plan for the Bathurst Regional Council with Brecknock Consulting.
Other recent projects include helping the State Theatre of South Australia to develop a Business Case for a move of many of their operations to Adelaide’s Lion Arts Centre, and drafting Adelaide 2055, a 40-year vision for the arts in South Australia. He has also reviewed the City of Maribyrnong’s Festival City Policy and developed a model for a new artist focused festival for the area.
OTHER FEATURES OF THE PAST FEW YEARS…
(for a full list, see Clients & Testimonials)
Producing a Circus Feast: Andrew Bleby was Creative Producer and Curator for the 2014 Melbourne Festival Circus Program – a new centrepiece program of the Festival. Shows from Canada, Belgium and Australia received standing ovations while The Nanjing Project, a four-week Australia-China project produced by Andrew Bleby featured top Chinese acrobats working with a new generation of Australian circus students in a sellout show at Arts Centre Melbourne. There was also an international Circus Futures Forum and an electronic retrospective of Circus Oz.
Directing a Commemoration: Andrew Bleby was Artistic Director of the Melbourne Town Hall World War 1 Commemoration in August 2014. Praise for the event, produced by our friends at Megafun, was genuine and effusive. The evening featured ten-screen multi-media visuals, live performance vignettes, a palm court orchestra, songs of the time sung by Deborah Conway, Archie Roach, Claire Bowditch and others, the Town Hall organ, a 65-voice children’s choir, the Premier and a three-camera live transmission to the Big Screen at a Federation Square Live Site and webstream.
Producing a unique music festival: ABA produced another astonishing Synaesthesia weekend at Tasmania’s amazing Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2014, building on the legendary success of the first in 2012. Claimed by Those Who Know* as ”the best thing to ever have happened at MONA”, Synaesthesia+ was produced for MONA in collaboration with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and featured dozens of musical masterpieces performed inside the museum and designed to heighten all the senses. The program was put together musically by Artistic Directors Brian Ritchie and Simon Rogers and featured incredible new works from the TSO, Robin Fox going crazy with his immersive Colour Organ and the famed violinist Richard Tognetti playing Bach in a cage built for strippers.
Running a Ring Around Opera: Late in 2013 ABA produced The Melbourne Ring Festival for Opera Australia – a city-based program of events, performances, talks, concerts and recitals to support and celebrate the Melbourne production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.
*We can’t tell you who said this, but they should know…
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