REBECCA CONROY works in an interdisciplinary manner as a director, curator, producer, researcher and writer across community, site-based events, discursive practices, and intercultural collaborations. For more than a decade she has been a vital part of the artist run scene in Sydney, co founding and directing The Wedding Circle and Bill+George, as well as Gang Festival, a creative exchange with Indonesian artist run spaces and site specific festival (2005 – 2008). From 2008-2010 she was Associate Director of Performance Space and since then has worked freelance for a range of arts organisations as dramaturge, researcher, writer and provocateur.
Rebecca has been sought after as a creative and critical thinker in interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts, and has been active in developing an artist led practice and philosophy in Australia, the USA and South East Asia. She has worked with key arts organisations in Australia: Performance Space, Campbelltown Art Centre, Pact Theatre, ArtSpace, Urban Theatre Projects, Watch this Space, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, as well as collaborating with many leading artists in Sydney and internationally. From 2011 – 2014 she was the director of the large-scale experimental art housing project Yurt Empire.
Rebecca is currently focussed on the development of two projects about Libraries and Laundromats, which investigate artist led practice at the intersection of economies and archiving. For this she conducted a covert paid internship at a Laundromat in Sydney to learn more about the business model and to see how it can be hijacked and re-engineered as an artist run shared equity model for the feast and famine economy. From May – September 2015 Rebecca travelled across North America and Europe on 4 Australia Council funded residencies and practice led research to connect with artists and thinkers working with Economy. She also went on several dates with Economists as part of her project Dating an Economist, which will be produced as a radio piece for Radio National in 2016.
With other collaborators in April she built the Bike-Book-Machine—a nomadic library on wheels. For this she curated a series of intimate public conversations ranging from archiving, radical municipalities and doing economy differently at the Marrickville artist-run space The Frontyard.
She is also involved in a local collective for urban planning in Marrickville to help intervene in gentrification, develop models for affordable housing, and is setting up a new space for the ongoing Librarium project – a group of artists with library tendencies.