I am an artist of disparate belongings, residing between London and Ramsgate, and still thinking of Australia as home. My work is grounded in performance, incorporating many other forms including; writing, video art, photography, walking, cooking, and curating. You can view documentation of past projects in the archive section of this site.
I have a BA in Performance from the University of Wollongong and gained my MA in Performance and Creative Research from the University of Roehampton in 2013. I make, write and perform things to explore politics and poetics of places and materials.
Writing is formative for me in terms of crossovers between a creative and critical practice. In the writing section of this site you can see my published articles, reviews, catalogue essays and more. Please contact me if you would like to commission some writing from me.
This site was designed to host project blogs to be listed on the homepage at the top of the menu. I have recently archived 'Advice to Park Users' 52 videos for parks, and am looking forward to sharing the development of 'Logic of Flying' which is supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council.
This website was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Website by Anthony Richardson
Megan Garrett-Jones CV
Education and Training:
Research Masters, Performance and Creative Research, University of Roehampton, London, 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Performance Studies, University of Sydney, 2009
Bachelor of Creative Arts, Performance, University of Wollongong, 2008.
ImPACT Scholarship Ensemble, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, 2009
2017 Spec Savers: Future Visions, Haphazard all ages festival, Z-Arts, Manchester.
Queen Bag, Art Bop, Looping the Loop Festival Launch, Ramsgate Music Hall
2016 The Logic of Flying, Scratch Around, at Round About Theatre with Theatre Royal Margate and Looping the Loop Festival
Swimming Home, Podcast 'Home Cooking' Apples and Snakes "Europe" series, and performance at Words from Wind and Waves, Ramsgate Festival
Jelly Lands: Cafe Takeover, Free Range Canterbury, Water Lane Coffee House. Performance Art Pub Quiz,
Queen Charlotte, Ramsgate and Whitstable Biennial Satellite and at Woodland Creatures for Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2015 Eat My Sovereignty, for Beg Borrow Steal #7, Safe House, Peckham.
Here’s at Looking to You, short performance for Geranium Theatre Company, Bussey Building, Peckham
Spec Savers, Politicael Party, South London Gallery, and ‘I love you but…’, Toynbee Studios, presented by Arts Admin (2014), Firtdraft April Fools, (2012)
Etude Quotidian, audio work for Firsdraft Gallery and FBi radio, and publication ‘Ignoramus Anonymous’, NSW State Library
2014 Jelly Lands, interactive installation, Practice Gallery, Royal Holloway University of London, and performance for Under Construction, Hackney
What it’s worth, lecture performance, International PG and Early Career Researcher conference, University of Exeter
Now Monument, walking tour, The May Event, University of Roehampton MA showcase, Rich Mix. London
Park Lecture, a Guide to Everyday Creative Acts, audio walk, Time Machine Festival, presented by Serial Space, Sydney
Advice to Park Users, 6-hour performance and exhibition, Damien Minton Gallery, and video blog project
What It’s Worth, Lecture Performance for International PG and Early Career Researcher Conference, ‘Obligations in Contemporary Theatre and Performance’, University of Exeter
2013 Now Monument, walking tour, The May Event, University of Roehampton MA showcase, Rich Mix. London
2012 Advice to Park Users, exhibition and performance at Damien Minton Gallery Annex, lecture performance for Serial Space Performance Lecture Project and Time Machine festival 2012, and ongoing web project.
Penguin Plays Rough, readings (and 2010 and 2011)
2010 On Wet Theory, ‘Open Fields’ at UTS, 2010.
SOS (message in a bottle), Bake Sale for Art ‘Monthly Friend’.
Utter Thanet, research and development, Mischevious Theatre, 2017
Impossible Plays, written and directed by Alice Williams, devised elements with ensemble, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne 2012, Tiny Stadiums Festival, 2012
The Martyrdom of Emily Wilding Davison, devised in collaboration with Sam Pettigrew, Rishin Singh and Finn Ryan, 2High Festival, Brisbane Power House and Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville, 2010
With Tiger Two Times: Nature League North Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe Festival ‘Fringe Hub’, ArtHouse, 2009
Inner West Nature League, Tiny Stadiums public art festival, presented by PACT, Erskineville, 2010
We don’t need any more friends, Night Times #7, Performance Space, 2008
With Team Mess in the development of Killing Don (2008-2009), productions Kaspar Hauser (2008) and Skin for Skin (2007)
Critical writing published in Realtime 2010-2016, Activate (peer review journal), Runway, Das Platforms, Live Art List Australia, and Next Wave ‘Text Camp Reader’, and 2011 ‘Aart Boxx’, Accessible Arts exhibition catalogue essay.
Next Wave Festival Emerging Writers program, 2010 mentored by Rosemary Ford.
Firstdraft Gallery writers program, 2011 mentored by Lucas Ilhien.
Creative writing published in New Planes issue 1, 2011 and Outa Place/Sundown, Sydney Guild 2011
Arts editor of fbi Radio’s blog ‘The Flog’, 2011-2012
Facilitator drama facilitator with Gulbenkian Youth Theatre 2016-present, NCS 'The Challenge' holiday youth program, 2015
Curator of performance events: ‘With the Folks’, Mercer Chance Gallery (2015), ‘Talk/Show’, Nunhead Art Trail (2014), ‘Method in Madness’, Damien Minton Gallery (2012).
Co-director and co-founder of artist-run initiative Bake Sale. Organisers of emerging artist platform Monthly Friend (6 events and publications) and Your Better Life (4 events) for Surry Hills Library.
Performer - For Annie Sutton, The Hat I Wear, POW Thanet, Lois Weaver, Tammy Whynot, Wellcome Collection Institute of Sexology, London, Angela Elsworth (US) ‘Sister Wives’ for the Biennale of Sydney, Hossein Ghaemi Ussef/Issiac choir – singing and dance, Firstdraft Gallery/NAVA
Volunteer with Looping the Loop Festival, POW Thanet, Tower Hamlets Youth Council, Performance Space Sydney, Firstdraft Gallery and FBi community radio.
2017 Arts Council England Artist International Development Fund
2017 Finalist in Wise Words Festival Kent emerging talent competition
2012 International Student Scholarship, University of Roehampton, Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance
2012 Bundanon Trust Residency
2011 Australia Council for the Arts ‘Artstart’ Grant
2011 Serial Space/Any Place Rozelle residency
2011 University of Sydney Performance Studies Department residency
2010 Queen Street Studios ‘Blueprint’ residency (in collaboration with Amy Wilson)
2009 PACT ‘Vacant Room’ Residency and Mentorship with Barbara Campbell (in collaboration Tiger Two Times)2008-9 Residencies at Performance Space, Underbelly Public Arts Lab and PACT as a member of performance group Team Mess.