Kelly Fliedner is a writer, curator, lecturer and producer. Her writing is varied, ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to a creative style that lies somewhere between ficto-criticism, prose poetry and script writing.
Recently Kelly was part of the curatorial team of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale based in Kerala, India. Among other things she wrote and edited the Biennale’s guide, catalogue and a short children’s book titled, Kutti’s Night at the Biennale.
Currently Kelly is working as an editor and producer for the Centre for Stories, a Perth-based literary organisation, while also writing and producing On the Beach a podcast that focuses on the convergence of critical and creative discourses surrounding contemporary art. In 2016 she presented a series of radio plays for the Next Wave Festival, and was one of six artists taking part in the Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing project, The Bureau of Writing
Kelly was Program Curator at West Space from 2009 until 2013, and co-founder and co-editor of their online publication the West Space Journal until 2015. She has worked with other organisations including Monash University Museum of Art, MPavilion, Next Wave, un Magazine, and Melbourne Fringe. In 2014 she was the Australia Council for the Arts’ London Arts Writers Resident.
In 2016 Kelly received a first-class Master of Arts (Art History) from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the production and presentation of experimental music, art, performance and installation by a group of musicians, visual artists, writers, performers and film makers who were involved in the activities taking place at the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre, Melbourne from 1976 until 1984.
Image: Reading of Ships in the Night, a response to Ua num le fau curated by Léuli Eshraghi at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Presented as part of Next Wave Festival 2016. Photo: Lee Bailey.