Staff profile: Steven Alderton

Position title:
Assistant Director, Public Engagement & Culture
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+61 2 9320 6215
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Profile

In February 2011, Steven Alderton was appointed as the Assistant Director, Public Engagement. Steven has a background in growing audiences and producing innovative exhibitions, public programs and events supported by extensive community engagement.

Steven has worked closely with western Sydney and regional communities as the Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, Director of Bundaberg Arts Centre, and Director of Redland Art Gallery. He has led the strategic planning and programming for these organisations and has a strong understanding of working with young people from his role as Executive Officer of Hands On Art Children’s Arts Centre, Brisbane.

In 2010 Steven developed Body Pacifica - a three day festival, six exhibitions and a series of public programs. Body Pacifica focussed on how Pacific communities manoeuvre through diverse cultural histories and identity, and where the physical body becomes a site of connection, celebration and transformation.

Steven has curated many exhibitions, including shows by Tracey Moffatt, Tommy Watson and Judy Napangardi Watson, Patricia Piccinini, Ricky Swallow, and Ian Fairweather. In 2008 Steven developed the Splendid cross-artform project in partnership with Splendour in the Grass music festival. Splendid supported young and emerging artists who were interested in transcending disciplines. In 2002 Steven initiated the Riverkids Festival where he developed a multi-arts program about the Brisbane River, water sustainability and river ecology.

Steven has a Bachelor of Arts from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and has served on many boards including the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University