JULIANNE PIERCE has extensive leadership experience as an Artist, Creative Producer, Executive Director, Artistic Programmer and Arts Manager in the Australian and international arts and culture sector. She has multi-arts expertise, initiating and delivering projects across performing, visual and media arts.
She is currently Creative Producer of Child of Now, a large scale public interactive artwork by artist Robert Walton premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne in November 2021. In 2019/2020 she was Producer of the sell-out Australian tour of the one-woman comedy show Kathy Lette’s Big Night Out and Producer of and the earth sighed an immersive screen based work by Leon Cmielewski and Josephine Starrs presented at the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
She was a Creative Producer on Festival2018, the arts and culture program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was Creative Producer for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe, heading up the Programming and Production department. She oversaw delivery of all Fringe produced events including the Fringe Parade which attracted over 60,000 people and the spectacular Fringe Illuminations projections onto the Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library, SA Museum and University of Adelaide.
In February 2016 she launched the Art Engineers together with creative producers Greg Clarke and Virginia Hyam and graphic designer Slade Smith. The Art Engineer’s vision is to create unique and exceptional design, art and performance events.
From 2012 to 2014 she was Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre, relocating back to Australia after five years in the UK as Executive Producer with artists company Blast Theory.
With Blast Theory she produced and managed new media performance and broadcast projects for commissioners including Channel 4 Education, Royal Opera House and Sundance Film Festival.
She was Visual Arts Curator for the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2006 and 2008 overseeing the visual arts program and Artists’ Week and from 2000 to 2005 was Executive Director of Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Australia’s leading organisation working at the intersection of art, science and technology
Julianne has curated events and exhibitions including Double Helix conference on moving image and visual arts 2009 Adelaide Film Festival; Primavera 2003, the annual exhibition of emerging Australian artists for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Biomachines performance event for the 2000 Adelaide Festival.
Julianne is a founding member of the influential computer artist group VNS Matrix, who formed in 1991 and continue to have their work included in significant exhibitions and publications worldwide. She was Chair from 2006 to 2013 of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) a major annual gathering of the international art and technology community held each year in a different location around the world. From 2013 to 2015 she was Chair of Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts.