CREATIVE STUDIOS. CREATIVE PROGRAM. NEW OPPORTUNITIES
The Mill is unique in SA providing arts programming adjacent to its vibrant community of associate artists and gallery. It is a multi-artform creative incubator that programs and supports collaborative practice through developing new work and facilitating sustainable career pathways.
The Mill was initially imagined as a junction between visual art, movement, dance and theatre. The Mill has a strong curatorial focus with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects, site-specific and audience focused creative direction.
The Mill’s vision is focused on broadening the South Australian lens to look nationally and internationally through a program of artist opportunities and creation of new work with partnerships in Sweden, Canada and Indonesia. The Mill's program further includes workshops and masterclasses with visiting artists and opportunities open nationally, increasing creative visitors and new opportunities in South Australia.
154 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Amber Cronin (Co-Artistic Director)is an Australian creative producer and maker with an interest in audience focused creative direction. She works across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and site-specific, publicly-engaged practices. Amber is also a co-founder and artistic director of The Mill Adelaide.
A respected voice within the local/national and international arts industry, she regularly consults with government on cultural immersion within existing frameworks.
Amber Cronin underwent a JUMP mentorship in 2013 with Jeff Khan (Performance Space) which was formative in her development as a producer, she was also mentored by Hannah Mathews (ACCA) in programming immersive visual arts in the development of her work 'Pantheon' 2013 (The Mill), an interactive multi-disciplinary event which was a platform for the creation and performance of nine new works within one event. New works produced for ‘Pantheon’ have gone onto second developments and programmed into festivals. Her recently produced work 'ATLAS' 2015 (The Mill) bought together an immersive dome cinema and soundscape. Amber had a background in music management and bookings before she started working in theatre, dance and visual arts and this shows through the multi-disciplinary nature of her work.
Amber’s role as director of The Mill has given her a broad knowledge of arts practice. Amber has developed innovative programs and events The Mill’s physical space and NFP arm of the company, she developed the companies public programs and artist development opportunities while managing the arts space and curating the gallery program, alongside co-founder Erin Fowler, developing a sustainable and successful business model.
Amber is a qualified yoga teacher and this informs her love of facilitation, physical awareness and self-inquiry.
Amber has a strong understanding of the creative process, working with artists in the development stages of creating new work. She has also produced and managed independent projects and events in a range of venues and across a variety of mediums including visual art, dance, film, and live art.
Amber has a strong interest in audience engagement, immersive and interactive work.
Katrina Lazaroff (Programming Director) is real busy, but will compose her bio soon. Promise.
Erin Fowler (Co-Artistic Director) is an Australian artist working across the dance, music and theatre industries, as well as the co-Artistic Director and creator of The Mill Adelaide, home to over 40 artists in SA. Erin’s choreographic work includes Epoch (2016) created on Australian Dance Theatre for their Ignition season, The Ten Thousand Things (2016) created on the 2nd year Adelaide College of the Arts students, Bird Calls (2015), an immersive solo work commissioned by Open Space, Femme (2015) a solo work developed as part of The Mill’s Choreographic Futures Dance Residency, and the dance film, Gaia (2014), which has currently screened in over 23 film festivals around the world.
Her performance work includes seasons with BalletLab and Patch Theatre Company. She also has an ongoing relationship with Swedish dance collective ilDance, co-directed by Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer, who visit Australia regularly.
Erin is also the Co-Artistic Director of The Mill, a creative hub for Adelaide’s local artists from all disciplines. The Mill provides artist spaces and a curated program that is focused on the creation and continuous evolution of Adelaide based arts and artistic culture. The Mill’s dance program has offered residencies with Kate Champion and ilDance and masterclasses with companies and artists including Batsheva Dance Company, Kyle Page & Amber Haines, Cedar Lake Dance Company. Alongside co-director Amber Cronin, Erin has curated and programmed a number of multi-art form events including Pantheon (2014) and Nebula Deluxe (2015).
Erin is also a member of the band Sitara, where she plays guitar and sings, and regularly travels to Wudang Mountain in China where she studies KungFu, Tai Chi and QiGong practices. These experiences had a strong influence on her creative practice and also led her to co-develop the Movement is my Medicine Festival, which promotes movement culture and practices. She is a teacher of contemporary dance, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Qoya, a movement practice based on yoga, dance and sensual movement. She is currently training as a Kundalini Tantra energy bodywork practitioner through Eliyah Australia.
Tim Watts (General Manager) comes to The Mill Adelaide having been reluctantly absent from the arts world for a while too long. Focusing on creating new performance works, Watts was a founding member of Unstoppable Huxtable and mounted three seasons of original theatre in the 2004, 2005 and 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. He went on to produce for Playground Contemporary Dance in 2008 and co-direct for Bad Company in 2009.
Between those and more recent times, he has participated primarily on the audience side of the curtain. But that all changed in 2016 when Watts came on board at TINY BRICKS to co-produce their debut work Deluge in the Adelaide Festival of Arts. His mastery of the spreadsheet subsequent landed him a gig with The Mill Adelaide as General Manager / Dropbox Wrangler / Stay At Home Dad.
Wayan Suartika (Curator) has been with The Mill since the beginning. He's a curator and artist in his own right, working alongside Amber and Erin to support the local arts scene and bring new artists to Adelaide.
Suartika travels often, interstate and overseas, to uncover artists and makers across all practices. He has exhibited as a solo artist, participated in group exhibitions and curated conceptual ideas with interstate and international artists, as part of The Mill's ongoing program.