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Brienna Macnish (she/her) lives and works on the lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and pays her respect to all First Nations people, and to their ancestors and Elders. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Brienna Macnish Artist Statement

Brienna Macnish is a Melbourne based artist who creates contemporary performance, audio experiences and installation works for unusual places and public spaces. Brienna’s work is concerned with how intimacy and immersion can be used to create physical and psychological spaces for empathy. Her practice is characterised by an interest in story-rich sites and engagement with socially relevant content that speaks to a contemporary Australian context.

Brienna creates physically and aurally immersive worlds where audiences are encouraged to slow down and exercise empathy. Through these encounters, that place the audience firmly at the centre the experience, Brienna constructs physical and psychological spaces for sharing stories between groups of people who have limited access to each others narratives. With a background in theatre, Brienna’s practice sits at the intersection between contemporary performance and ephemeral art in public space and draws on socially engaged, site responsive and documentary practices. Thematically, she is interested in the contemporary and changing experience of ageing in Australia, the use of public space by young people and projects that imagine and speculate upon the world of tomorrow.

Brienna Macnish Biography

Brienna has presented major works at Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Underbelly Arts Festival in Sydney, Junction Festival in Launceston and Immerse Festival in the City of Knox in Melbourne. She has produced commissioned works for Carclew, South Australia and Melbourne Fringe Festival’s keynote project, Uncommon Places. Brienna was nominated for a Green Room Award for, “outstanding contribution to contemporary performance by an emerging artist” in 2014. Brienna’s work has received funding/support from Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Arts House, HotHouse Theatre and University of Melbourne.