Updated Sept 2023
1969 / Born in Devonport, Tasmania
1988-2002 / Lived in Sydney - went to art school, played in bands, made strange performance art/theatre
Lots trips to Europe to make more music/strange theatre
2003-2013 / Lived in Melbourne - played lots music, did lots touring, realised was never going to be a pop star!
Started doing more community focused work
2014 / Moved to Central Victoria
2019 / Moved back to northern Tasmania
INSTIGATOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS:
2023 / “Hello Stranger!” listening experience for Mental Health Week, Hobart City Council, October
2023 / “Dear Creek” - Darraweit Guim, Macedon Ranges, Victoria, September
2023 / Mapatazi - mass onslaught of women electric guitarists - Castlemaine workshop, August
2023 / First version of "Dear River" - Lismore, April with Jeanti St Clair
2023 / "Dear Tree" - Pangaea Festival, February
2022 / "Dear Tree" - Ballarat Begonia Festival / Whittlesea Community Festival, Melbourne / Art Is... Festival, Horsham /
Tasmanian Royal Botanical Gardens / Coburg Community Garden / Nati Frinj Biennale
2021 / "Complimentary Caravan" at CHarts Festival, Smithton
2021 / "Dear Tree" - listening experience - Junction Arts Festival, Launceston
2021 / Mapatazi mass women's electric guitar onslaught - Ten Days on the Island festival / REMADE Recycled Fashion Ball, Launceston
2021 / Complimentary Caravan at Wanda Round month-long arts residence in Bicheno
2020 / Started Mapatazi - all women/girl enmasse electric guitar project - Launceston, Tasmania
2020 / "Dear Tree" - listening experience - online version including one for 'Magnetic Places' - Penrith City Council
2020 / Complimentary Caravan - Upstream Festival, Wodonga & Whittlesea Community Festival (online)
2020 / Started "Dear Tree" online project during the Covid-19 pandemic & Penrith Council's Magnetic Places program
2019 / Complimentary Caravan - Hobart Mental Health Week / Junction Festival, Launceston
2019 / Complimentary Lane projection work - Geelong After Dark
2018 / Complimentary Lane projection work - Enlighten Projection Festival, Bendigo & White Night Bendigo
2018 / Light At The End... performance with local refugees - Zinda Festival, Bendigo with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
2018 / Complimentary Caravan - 'Waterhole - Newstead / World Compliment Day event - Castlemaine / "Complimentary Courtyard" Port St Party - Adelaide Fringe Festival and more...
2017 / Rebel Elders video projection - White Night Melbourne & Ballarat with video maker Andy Ferguson
2017 / Light At The End... performance with local refugees - Castlemaine State Festival
2017 / Complimentary Caravan - Dream Big Festival - Melton / "Complimentary Lane" - Adelaide / Artist residency at Museum of Innocence Mildura and more...
2016 / Intergenerational project in Marnoo (stories from local elderfolk and sound effects/music from the local primary school students)
2016 / Complimentary Caravan - Mental Health Week in Bendigo, Castlemaine & Clunes / Village Winter Festival, Castlemaine
2015-16 / Rebel Elders intergenerational music/video project in Ballarat (second year) with video maker Andrew Ferguson
2015-16 / Light At The End... performance with local refugees - 24 Hour Experience with Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees
2015 / Heartbeat/Maldon interiewing local elder folk about times in their life when their heart was beating fast.
2014 / Rebel Elders intergenerational project with the City of Ballarat and choreographer Michelle Heaven
2014 / Tell It With Sugar intergenerational project in Euroa with Strathbogie Shire Council and Euroa Secondary School
2014 / Memory Crowd elders music listening/oral history project - Maldon Neighbourhood Centre with gramophone collector - DJ Wind-Up
2014 / Sound designer for Musuem of Truth & Lies - Art Central, Maryborough
2013 / Renegades - an inter-generational community arts project with City of Melbourne's Art & Participation Program
2012 / Employed part-time at Wild@heART Community Arts as as Project Manager for arts program for adults with a disability - Melbourne
2012 / Home Art - performance made with a local in their own home. Tipping Point and City of Melbourne's Art & Participation Program
2011 / Extremely intergenerational project - with visual artist Mars Drum, nursing home and primary school - Natimuk Frinj Festival
2010 / mUSe performance with MADE (a group of mature artists dancers), Hobart Ukulele Group & the Choir of High Hopes Hobart
2009 / Radio Electric recording project with Milparinka Disability Service. Spoken word/sound pieces - ABC Radio National, RRR & 3CR
2006-2017 / Manager & musician with punk/pop band The Night Before Tomorrow which evolved from her work at Milparinka Disability Service. TNBT performs regularly in Melbourne often in unconventional venues
2009 / Wake Up to the Music recording project about music for Awakenings Disability Festival - Horsham
2006-2008 / Volunteer at ACES Aboriginal nursing home conducting regular singalongs
2003-2008 / Employed at Gawith Villa & Milparinka Disability Services facilitating music with a focus on songwriting skills
2007 / Musical Director for the Kingfisher Festival (Melb) at CERES with primary school kids and local musicians
2004-2006 / Producer of Ukulele Land - a series of 3 ukulele events - workshops, stalls, concerts - Sydney
EMPLOYED AS COMPOSER/MUSICIAN/SOUND DESIGNER:
2023 / Soundtrack for Jim Coad's video project 'Incandescent' - Murten Licht-Festival, Switzerland
2022 / Mona Foma - musician for Megan Cope's Untitled (Death Song), Launceston
2019 / Live musician for Once and For All - performance by Such As They Are - Natimuk Frinj Biennale, Victoria
2018 / Sound designer for Once Upon A Tree.. a sound walk in Bendigo's Rosalind Park (Emerge Program - Multicultural Arts Victoria)
2018 / Live musician for Once and For All - performance by Such As They Are - Bendigo Cemetery
2018 / This House, My Body - installation by Rachael Wenona Guy and Leonie van Eyck (Newstead Railway Arts Hub, Central Victoria)
2017 / Each Map of Scars Rachael Wenona Guy & Andy Jackson - Castlemaine State Festival
2012 / Sydney Theatre Company/Tamarama Rock Surfers (Sydney) 'Fools Island' - one man clown show by Darren Gilshenan
2012 / KnitPic (Knit Plastic in Crises) (Sydney) Spinning a Yarn by Simone O'Brien and Dr Bill
2011 / Tamarama Rock Surfers (Sydney) 'Fools Island' - one man clown show by Darren Gilshenan
2010 / Merrigong Theatre (Wollongong) 'Death in Bowengabbie'
2008 / Australian Theatre of the Deaf (Sydney)'Wild Boy' performed at NIDA
2007 / Sisters Grimm (Melbourne) 'Bumtown' (dir. Ash Flanders & Declan Greene)
2006 / Frumpus (Sydney) 'Slab' Creative development
2000 / Branch Nebula (Belgian/Australian collaboration) 'Mad Red' Antwerp, Belgium
1999-2002 / Urban Theatre Projects (Sydney) four shows including 'The Longest Night' - Adelaide Festival
1999 / Erth Theatre/PACT Theatre (Sydney) 'Alien/Nation'
1998-9 / Salamanca Theatre (Hobart) two productions
And in Europe: 2000 / Stalker (Sydney) European tour
1996 / Antagon Aktion Theater (Frankfurt, Germany)
SOLO MUSIC ACT:
All original music on ukulele, banjo, piano, tenor horn, vocals.
Rose is a self managed artist and does all her own booking and marketing.
Numerous tours with a focus on Australian regional areas and Europe (2002, 2005), United States (2008) and New Zealand (2009, 2012)
Recently in 2022: Natimuk Frinj Biennale (piano house concert) / Mt Roland Folk Festival /
2023 / Ukulele tutor at Turramurra Music Camp, Victoria
2015- 2020 / ukulele player and singer with West Papuan Melbourne based band the "Black Orchid Stringband"
2009- 2019 / "The Night Before Tomorrow" - punky/pop band with evolved out or Rose's work at Milparinka Disability Service
2015- 2018 / "Piano Fort" - concerts with a number of solo pianists (Melbourne, Ballarat, Castlemaine)
2012 / "Mrs Hemingway" - with Helen Begley and Carolyn Connors (with an audience of knitters)
2011-2013 / "Salty Serge" with Jules Chapple and Mung Balding
Rose was a founding member of Sydney music/performance groups:
1991-1996 / "Post Arrivalists" - notorious 'guerilla style' spectacle performance group. Shows included the Sydney Biennale (1993) and Melbourne International Arts Festival (1995), seasons at Les Girls, The Hordern Pavilion and the Performance Space.
1994-96 / "Frumpus" - womens performance/comedy group
1993-1996 / "Spookyloop" - performance pop band (European tour 1996)
1995-2001 / "Toydeath" - 'performance band' - music with modified electronic kids toys (European tour 2000)
MANDY ORD COLLABORATION:
2011 / Employed by The Song Room to write and present an online ukulele course for regional Victorian school students.
2007-now / Numerous ukulele/songwriting workshops at festivals and regional ukulele clubs on her travels including an eight week ukulele course for senior citizens in Hobart. Darebin Songwriters’ Guild songwriting workshop 2023
2018 / The Night Before Tomorrow 7" cardboard/download
2017 / The Pond - little poetry book - collaboration with Mohammad Ali Maleki (Iranian refugee imprisoned in PNG)
2017 / The Night Before Tomorrow 7" vinyl
2017 / Black Orchid Stringband : CD released
2015 / Solo EP : "Bird"
2013 / The Night Before Tomorrow album : "Beautiful Monday"
2012 / "What Do Ukulele Players Eat? #2" book/CD - a collection of recipes/songs from 25 international uke players.
2011 / Solo EP : "5 Songs for a Mild Mannered Summer"
2010 / "What Do Ukulele Players Eat?" cook book - a collection of recipes rom 25 international uke players.
2009 / Solo CD : "All For One From Now Til Dawn"
2006 / Solo CD : '"Ladybirds of Crick Creek"
2005 / Solo CD : "Tryhard Trailer Trash" (CD of the Week on RRR)
2002 / Solo CD : "Ping Pong Princess"
1990s / various releases with bands Spookyloop and Toydeath including a 'Locked Groove' 12" vinyl released by Staalplaat Records (Amsterdam)
2014 / 3rd place in CLIFF Castlemaine Film Festival competition with short film "Bird"
2011-2012 / Exhibition of mixed media paintings at Little Deer Tracks café in Coburg
2007-2012 / Regular illustrator for 'Users News' drug education magazine published by NUAA (Sydney)
GRANTS / PRIZES RECEIVED:
2023 / Arts Tasmania - Grant for ‘Mapatazi’ - nipaluna/Hobart
2021 / Hobart City Council Creative Hobart for "Dear Tree" on Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in 2022
2021 / Arts Tasmania Creative Support Small Grant Fund
2020 / Regional Arts Fund grant to develop Mapatazi - all girl guitar onslaught
2020 / Sidney Myer Foundation - National Assistance Program for the Arts
2019 / Tarraleah Tasmania Performs Artist Residency
2019 / Regional Arts Fund grant through RANT, Tasmania - Complimentary Caravan, Junction Arts Festival
2018 / Light At The End... shortlisted for Oral History Victoria award
2017 / Regional Arts Victoria grant for developing a new work Insultations - Natimuk Frinj Biennale
2017 / Mt Alexander Shire Council for World Compliment Day Project in March 2018
2016 / FRRR (Caring for Ageing Rural Australians) - intergenerational Complimentary Caravan with Maldon Neighbourhood Centre
2016 / The Awesome Foundation Melbourne grant - Complimentary Caravan
2016 / Creative Victoria - Light At The End... (Castlemaine)
2016 / Mt Alexander Shire Council - Light At The End... (Castlemaine)
2016 / Regional Arts Victoria (Quick Response) - Light At The End... (Ballarat)
2015 / Oral History Victoria 'Innovation Award' - Rebel Elders, Ballarat
2014 / Mt Alexander Shire Council Community Grant - Heartbeat/Maldon - elders story project, Maldon
2014 / Regional Arts Victoria (via Maldon Neighbourhood Centre): elders story/music project "The Memory Crowd"
2013 / City of Yarra Community Grant - to write new songs with The Night Before Tomorrow.
2011 / Australia Council for the Arts, Community Partnerships - Extremely intergenerational project, Natimuk
2010 / Federal Government DEWHA, Contemporary Music Touring Grant - In Her Winter Kitchen national solo tour
2009 / Australia Council for the Arts, Community Partnerships - mUSe with Hobart Ukulele Group, Choir of High Hopes & MADE
2008 / Arts Victoria, Victoria Rocks - to record solo CD All for one from now til Dawn
2008 / Federal Government DEWHA, Contemporary Music Touring Grant - regional Victorian solo tour Sticks & Twigs
2008 / Arts Victoria – Community Partnerships - Radio Electric Recording Project at Milparinka Disability Service, Melbourne
2007 / Federal Government DCITA, Contemporary Music Touring Grant - East coast tour from Wollongong to Cairns
2000 / NSW Ministry for the Arts, Theatre Board - travel costs to Belgium to perform in Branch Nebula’s “Mad Red”
1991 / Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Sound/Performance/Installation) College of Fine Arts, University of NSW