Performing Arts PhotographyLismore-raised Kristy Ayre is one of the 10 young and emerging artists selected to work with Splendid, Australia’s pioneering arts initiative.

Kristy attended Lismore Primary and Lismore High Schools.

She trained as a dancer at the Wendy Kennedy Dance Academy from the age of seven and was a regular Eisteddford and dance festival junkie, performing in every performing arts venue possible on the North Coast.

“When I was 15 my mum got a job in Sydney so we had to move,” she said.

“I finished my high school education in Sydney then moved to Melbourne to attend the Victorian College of the Arts.

“Three years later I completed a Bachelor of Dance, graduating with the Mary Orloff Prize for Most Outstanding Dancer.
“I had auditioned for Melbourne-based company Chunky Move during my final year and began working for them the day after I graduated.

“I have danced regularly for the company ever since, collaborating and performing in numerous award-winning works that have toured around Australia and overseas including China, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Russia.
“I also have performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelly Lasica, Prue Lang, Kim Itoh (Japan) and collaborated and performed for Luke George’s LIFE-SIZE.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the 2009 Splendid Arts Lab as I’m excited to reconnect with the community in which I grew up, form some new creative partnerships and hopefully create some new work to be included in the 2010 Splendour in the Grass Festival.

“The possibilities through this experience are endless and the forum in which to collaborate with the selected young artists from varying art forms, from all across the country, is truly exciting. I can’t wait!’’

Kristy’s was just one of 140 applications received from all corners of our wide brown land from young artists working in the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital media, sound art, literature and community arts.

Splendid will see the 10 selected artists develop ideas for new works at a three-week arts lab residency in Lismore in July, assisted by 10 Australian and international artistic provocateurs and mentors. These concepts will be developed over the following six months with several finished works premiering at Splendour in the Grass  2010.

“The young talent in our country is awe inspiring’,” said Jessica Ducrou, organiser of Splendour in the Grass. 

“We are so proud to be able to showcase their works at our festival.”

Splendour in the Grass is contributing $150,000 over three years to Splendid, on top of the Australia Council’s $600,000 three-year investment.

Other artists selected are visual artist Alice Lang, who grew up in Byron Bay and now resides in Brisbane, Byron Bay based architect Dominic Finlay-Jones, contemporary and community artist Shakthi Sivanathan, performance maker Mish Grigor, cross art former Dario Vacirca, visual new media artist Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart, performer and sculptor Lauren Brincat, multi-media artist Daniel Tanner and visual artist Carl Scrase.