Louise Morris and Matthew Scott moved to NSW in 2019 to establish Navigate Arts at the Old Tanja Church. We offer expertise in theatre direction, design and production, performance education, site-specific performance events, installation, Exhibition as well as Public Art & community arts practice.
LOUISE MORRIS: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Louise is a theatre maker & Director, vocalist and site-specific installation artist based in Tanja, NSW whose current practice responds to local stories, place making and belonging for communities and audiences. Morris’s inter-disciplinary artistic practice employs an archeological approach that reveals layers of community memory through multi-sensory experiences of found objects, Sculpture, performance, video projection, photography, sound art and live contemporary music. Her practice and research is concerned with creative actions and interventions in situ that reveal the stories of a given place and can begin to foster deeper connections between artists of all disciplines and the communities in which they live and work. She is a passionate advocate for young and mid-career artists across all creative disciplines.
She was a Lecturer in Art and Performance (2004-2019) within the School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Burwood and is now an honorary fellow. of this university. She worked with Splinters Theatre of Spectacle (1995-1998), Co-founded Culturally Innovative Arts (1997-2001) and was a founding member of the Red Cabbage Collective (2001-2010).
Major works include: TIDE Royal Park Melbourne VIC 2017 (producer and installation artist), Anthology Stirling Park ACT 2014 (producer and installation artist), Hedge-mony (Co-creator/producer-Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival), Aviary (Director-Living Museum of the West), Comfort (Designer/Installation Artist), Collapse (Co-creator/producer- Old Port of Melbourne), and Retrieval (Installation Artist- National Library of Australia).
The recipient of two Australian Post-graduate Awards, she completed a Masters in Animateuring- Cross Modal Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and was awarded her doctorate from Deakin University in 2018.
In January 2019 she established Navigate Arts, a new home for innovative, inter-disciplinary creative arts practice in the heart of Yuin Country at the Old Tanja Church, Sapphire Coast, NSW.
Matthew Scott: Technical Artist and Production Manager
Matthew Scott is a production and technical manager/operator, photographer and filmmaker with over 20 years of professional industry experience. In 2003, he established Cheeky Monkey Enterprises, a film, photography and theatrical production company based in Kensington. Cheeky Monkey has produced multi-media events and products for organizations such as Docklands/Waterfront City, MetLink and TAC (Life-Lounge).
For the past 10 years Matthew has worked for Megafun - one of Melbourne’s leading production companies as a production manager, light, sound and installation technician- and was a key member of the company and active contributor to their major projects and productions. Since 2015 Matthew has also been the safety officer for Megafun and this role has involved Risk assessment documentation, (SWMS) Safe Work Method Statements for project and events