jeremy works with performing lines as senior producer – wa. most recently, he was pica’s general manager, and previously the director of experimental arts and community arts with the australia council for the arts. a core theme of his career has been working closely with artists, organisations and communities to promote artistic bravery, self-determination, authentic representation and to broker opportunities. he spent considerable time supporting initiatives and projects born out of regional and remote australia, as well as developing and delivering key arts and disability programs.
jeremy said of his appointment “just as I like to disrupt notions and norms of access, equity and inclusion across the arts industry, the team at pvi collective delivers disruption in spades. They are brave, ambitious and subversive. They tackle head on crunchy terrain that others fear to explore in climate justice and ethical partnerships. They are amongst the most generous of allies and accomplices to many in our industry locally and globally. They have an eye on the future of experimental arts – offering opportunity and pathways to emerging and mid-career artists to ensure there is a bright horizon full of play, interdisciplinary dreaming and hopepunk.
I don’t take the role of chair lightly, and I know I’ve big shoes to fill. But the challenge and opportunity to take this position with a company whose work and whose people I adore, and whose values I strongly align with is one I am so excited to tackle. We have a great board whose passion, expertise and awareness brings so much – we look forward to shortly welcoming some new members to our ranks and dreaming and scheming for a future of play and disruption.”
pvi co chief executive artist and co-founder steve bull shared his thoughts on jeremy’s appointment, “we are super excited to have jeremy step up from deputy chair to chair person on the pvi board. we also feel very lucky, jeremy is an arts legend in boorloo, a fierce advocate for a more accessible and inclusive sector. he works tirelessly in supporting local artists and is a champion of artistic practice, with a knowledge to match, seeing more artwork than i think is humanly possible. it’s so great to have him as our chair and we look forward to continued inspiring leadership going forward.”
jeremy smith replaces perth festival’s new artistic director anna reece who stepped down from the pvi board role in may 2023.