Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Board

Craig Perkins, Chair of Ten Days on the Island

Craig Perkins

Chair

Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (16 years), including the last 14 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this period, Craig has worked with communities to support their strategic development, economic growth and improving social capacity. 

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business), Master of Business Management, is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and has also been awarded a Diploma for successfully completing the AICD Company Directors course. 

Craig was an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for 9 years, including the last 7 as mayor, having stepped down in October 2018. 

Craig has strong networks across Tasmania and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that community’s face. He is President of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and a board member of the Crimestoppers Tasmania, the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and the Launceston City Football Club and is an active hockey player. 

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Jacqui Allen

Jacqui Allen is an alumna of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Masters of Public Administration, Jacqui also has qualifications in marketing and arts management.

Jacqui began her career as Touring Manager for Country Arts (WA), a role that involved touring performing arts productions both nationally and throughout regional Western Australia A former Ministerial Adviser for the West Australian Government, Jacqui has also undertaken roles in arts funding, policy and managed a number of government capital works programs at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. She was the Deputy Director General of the Department from 2009 until December 2012, when she joined the Tasmanian Government in the position of Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport.

In her current role as Deputy Secretary, Cultural and Tourism Development with the Department for State Growth, Jacqui works across the two sectors to enhance Tasmania’s reputation as a place to live, visit and invest. Jacqui’s past board positions have included Western Homebuyer’s Social Housing Fund, Perth Theatre Trust and the Meela Childcare Centre (Chair). She is currently also a board member of Community Based Support.

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Elvio Brianese

Elvio is driven by the belief that culture is shaped by communities. For more than 30 years, he has led international, national and local teams on small to large and complex projects for the public and private sector. Elvio is a founding Director of the multi-awarded Liminal Studio, a globally connected, interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in Hobart. 

Elvio’s project credits span architecture and object design and most recently include Project Director for The Hedberg, a development set to ignite Tasmania’s creative and performing arts future (Liminal Architecture with WOHA), the multi-award-winning Freycinet Coastal Pavilions and international awards for Liminal Objects’ including muylatina (European Product Design Awards – Bronze) and The Magic Box (Eat Drink Design Awards – Winner) 

Recent performance design collaborations include Dancenorth’s Dust (featured in Ten Days on the Island Festival 2019), which completed its Australian tour in 2019, won Best Event Design at the Australian IDEA awards in 2019 and tours internationally in 2020.

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Angela Driver

Prior to working in leadership with Tasmanian Leaders, Angela Driver forged a successful career in arts as an administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. Her career highlight was establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship researching performance events for social change. More recently she undertook the role of Chair with Mudlark Theatre. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Maria Lurighi, Ten Days on the Island Board

Maria Lurighi

Maria’s passion for the arts and festivals was ignited when she was Business Development Manager for Ten Days on the Island from 2004 to 2008. Her international arts festival experience was developed further when she oversaw hospitality operations for MOFO from 2012-2018 and Dark MOFO from 2014-2016.

Maria’s significant career in the arts and business includes roles as Director of Luxury Events and Partnerships and VIP experiences and Director of Hospitality Operations for Mona, the Manager of Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard and General Manager of Hill Street Grocer West Hobart where she returned in 2020.

Maria has a career spanning more than 40 years as a singer, choir leader, conductor and teacher of Contemporary Voice at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music since 1999.

Maria was chair of the Individual Artists Grants Panel for Arts Tasmania and sits on the Arts Advisory Board for the Tasmanian Government. She is a member of the Boards of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and Festival of Voices and has served as a Director for Business Events Tasmania.

David Palmer, Board Member of Ten days on the Island

David Palmer

David Palmer is the Managing Partner at BDO in Tasmania with experience across a range of clients.  David is a passionate Tasmanian and serves on several NFP Boards around the State. He has a love for the arts and for numbers, which is a great combination. Working in the arts has been a lifelong ambition for David who spent many of his formative years singing in the Australian Rosny Children’s Choir. Although it was a baptism of fire initially, he has learned how arts organisations work and is looking forward to what the future holds for Ten Days on the Island.

Vanessa Pigrum - Ten Days on the Island Board

Vanessa Pigrum

Throughout her career, Vanessa has been compelled to work with organisations that strive to implement bold ideas and create positive impacts for society.

Vanessa is currently the CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. She has over 25 years’ experience in the arts and culture sector, and in leadership development, where her focus and passion has long been in driving strategic transformation within organisations and teams.

Vanessa’s leadership roles with organisations such as the Arts Centre Melbourne, the City of Darebin Creative Culture, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and CHUNKY MOVE have seen her develop innovative programs and drive international commercial activity. Prior to Vanessa’s transition into organisational management roles, she studied (and dropped out of) Law and then trained as a performer and theatre-maker at the Victorian College of the Arts before forging a successful career as a freelance creative producer in the festivals sector. In 2018 Vanessa gained credentials as a mediator and executive coach.

Guy Taylor, Ten Days on the Island Board

Guy Taylor

Guy is a storyteller masquerading as a brand marketer.

He is one of CMO magazine’s inaugural ’50 Most Innovative Marketers’, the recipient of the AMI (Australian Marketing Institute) award for Cultural-Marketing effectiveness, and a former University Associate at the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) at the University of Tasmania. He’s been a writer in residence at Yaddo colony in New York and the Cité des Arts in Paris and is very fond of the quote: ‘Be yourself, ‘cause everyone else is taken.’

Guy has contributed to the success of a number of Tasmania’s most admired brands including James Boags Premium, Tourism Tasmania, Blundstone and Wine Tasmania.

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