Annette Carmichael

Annette is an Australian artist and creative producer who specialises in regional cultural development and community engagement.

Utilising skills in collaborative problem-solving, Annette has worked across the subsidised arts sector as a Director, Arts Manager and Consultant.

Most recently, Annette collaborated with ecological organisation, Gondwana Link and 5 regional communities to create The Stars Descend – a dance project that was performed across a 1000km wildlife corridor in southern Western Australia, in March / April 2023.  This performance was the outcome of her project, Distributed 15 which provided professional development, training, and employment for 88 artists and artsworkers working in Margaret River, Northcliffe, Porongurup, Denmark, Ravensthorpe, and Kalgoorlie.  More than 1800 people were engaged in this project as participants or audience.

From 2017 – 2021 Annette created 7 iterations of her work The Beauty Index with 40 men from the communities of Kalgoorlie, Ravensthorpe, Denmark, Albany, Harvey, Moora and Mandurah.  This project has become the focus of several national case studies and was shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award.  It is especially applauded for its contribution to improving mental health and social wellbeing in regional men.

Since 2016, Annette has provided professional development services to performing arts industry bodies CircuitWest (WA), STRUT dance Inc. (WA), and PAC Australia (national).  She has presented and facilitated workshops at state and national arts industry conferences.  In 2019 Annette was Curatorial Chair of the National Dance Forum, Darwin, and was a member of the Australian delegation attending the IETM Spring Plenary Session in the UK.  In 2023, Annette provided online professional mentoring services to Critical Path (NSW) and DanceWest Network (Canada).

Between 2009 – 2013 Annette was the State’s Regional Contemporary Dance Facilitator for Ausdance WA creating the ground-breaking ‘Future Landings’ model for the training of regional choreographers.  This work ultimately delivered 7 community development projects across the State, from Albany to Broome.

Named by The Conversation as one of ‘Five Australian women choreographers you should know’ Annette leads teams of multi-disciplinary artists to create works that explore issues important to regional communities. She has lengthy experience working with First Nation Elders and artists and is committed to creating projects and organisations that are culturally safe and inclusive.

Annette has led teams to create a diverse array of performances that have included theatre, dance, skateboarding, rollerskating, textiles, original music and visual design.  Her works have been performed in major theatres, complex outdoor sites, regional halls, basketball courts and a skatepark.

As an Arts Manager/Consultant, Annette has worked for West Australian Ballet, Perth Festival, STRUT dance, Ausdance WA, Regional Arts WA, Circuitwest, PAC Australia, STEPS Youth Dance Company and Buzz Dance.  She is a graduate of West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (BA Arts Man. 1996) and recently completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2023).

In January 2024, Annette was appointed Artistic Director of Southern Edge Arts, a circus and theatre company that empowers young people and the communities around them.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2021 CircuitWest Pinnacle Award for Western Australian Producer of the Year
2018 & 2012 shortlisted Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance
2016 recipient Tasdance Residency by Invitation Only (TRIO)
2013 shortlisted West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community/Regional Dance
2011 winner West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community/Regional DanceAward for Outstanding Achievement in Community/Regional Dance

RECENT ARTISTIC WORKS 2012 – 2023

2023: Director/Choreographer, The Stars Descend – 5 -chaptered dance work, Margaret River, Northcliffe, Porongurup, Fitzgerald Biosphere, Kalgoorlie

2021: Director/Choreographer, The Beauty Index – regional tour, Kalgoorlie, Moora, Ravensthorpe, Harvey, Mandurah

2021: Choreographer, The Ballad of Penelope and Marlin – musical, premiere, Albany Town Hall, Southern Edge Arts

2020: Collaborating Choreographer, The First Hug, Denmark – creative development

2020: Director/Choreographer, Chorus, Silverstream Wines, Denmark

2018: Director/Choreographer, A Light Shade of Red, Albany Ent Cent & Albany Town Hall (dance work & media exhib)

2018: Co-creator/Performer, Air and Artefact, Blue Room Theatre, FringeWorld and Albany Fringe Festival

2019: Curator/Performer, The Index, Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance, dance, photography, sound and textiles

2018: Curator/Performer, The Index, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, dance, photography, sound and textiles

2017: Director/Choreographer, The Beauty Index, Old Mill Site, Denmark (dance work for 16 men)

2016: Director/Choreographer, The Snake Run Project (PIAF Great Southern Festival) – skateboarding, parkour, rollerskating & dance

2015: Artistic Director/Choreographer, The Creation of Now – an intergenerational dance theatre work, for Future Landings 2015, Denmark, WA

2014/15: Artistic Director/Choreographer, My War? – for centenary of ANZAC, Alb. Ent. Ctr. & Vancouver Arts Ctr (dance perf & exhibition)

2014: Artistic Director, My War? – exhibition and online e-zine, Vancouver Arts Centre, Main Gallery

2014: Choreographer, PIAF Great Southern Opening and Welcome to Country with Indigenous Leader, Harley Coyne

2014: Director/Performer. Solace+Yearning, National Regional Arts Showcase, Kalgoorlie and Denmark Civic Centre

2013: Future Landings, Creative Producer, (Broome, Karratha, Ravensthorpe)

2013: Choreographic support to Aboriginal Artist Joe Williams to create Songlines for Brave New Works#20 festival

2013: Artist in Residence, Dare to Be, North Albany Senior High School

2012: Co-lab with David Nile for program launch, Perth International Arts Festival 2013 Great Southern

2012: Artistic Director, Solace + Yearning, site specific performances and exhibition, Denmark

2009 – 2011: Facilitator/Choreographer, moveMENt, Denmark’s men’s dance project

2011: Choreographer, Heart Fluttering, dance project, National Rural Health Conference, Country Arts WA

2011: Curator, West Australian Dance Awards

2011: Creative Producer & Performer, Future Landings (Bunbury, Busselton, Denmark, Albany)

2010: Artistic Director, Our Secret River, funded by Community Arts Network WA, Catalyst