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/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

Sally Richardson


Sally Richardson is one of WA’s most experienced and respected independent producers, with vast experience as a creative leader working across all aspects of the arts. As a director and producer Sally has worked alongside teams of multi-disciplined artists: designers, performers, writers, composers, and filmmakers, collaborating with emerging and established artists, companies, business and the wider community across Australia.

She has produced work for Black Swan Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, The Flying Fruitfly Circus, The National Institute of Circus Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Performing Lines, CIRCA and NAISDA, with productions awarded Helpmann, Green Room, Blue Room, and Dance Australia Critics Choice.

Recent successes as a director include the ground-breaking dance theatre work JULIA (2021 STCWA), Savage Grace by Alana Valentine (STCWA) and International digital dance collaboration Feminism Has No Borders which premiered at the 2021 Perth Festival.

Sally has developed and produced over 30 original works through her companies Steamworks Arts and MAXIMA Circus, touring work regionally, nationally and internationally including work for Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, OzAsia, Beijing and Shanghai Festivals. She is a former member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, currently serves as Deputy Chair of CAN (Community Arts Network), is a board director of Ausdance National and a member of Black Swan Theatre Company’s artistic advisory group.

Photo credit: Liz Looker