Artistic Director - Miriam Williamson - The Slab

Miriam Williamson is a sound and visual artist.  Her work explores the themes: sense of place, familial ties and historical displacement.  In addition to her practice Miriam is an experienced arts administrator and specialist in community based arts events.  She is Director of The SLAB, an Artist Run Initiative in Hazelbrook NSW and Cultural Officer of Linden Observatory.  Recent works include Bag Hut in Cementa 17, and Seeds of Empire, Explorers: Narratives of Site (Modern Art Projects BM 2017) at the Woodford Academy.  Miriam is the recipient of an Aria Award for her collaboration with techno duo Itch-e and Scratch-e on dance track Sweetness and Light and has received funding for projects from Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW and the Blue Mountains City Council City of the Arts Trust.

Curator - Mahalya Middlemist

Mahalya Middlemist has been a practicing professional artist and filmmaker for over thirty years, producing a range of screen-based works and installations.  Her current research explores the connections between landscape, biography and memory.  He recent curatorial practice focusses on working with emerging and re-emerging artists, drawing on her extensive experience mentoring emerging artists during her previous career as an Academic at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Concurrent with her role as Curator on The Altitude Project, Middlemist was Co-Curator of Explorers: Narratives of Site ( MAPBM 2017) an exhibition of 15 contemporary visual artists at the historic Woodford Academy in the Blue Mountains. 

Her work has been in many festivals, galleries and broadcasts both in Australia and internationally. The production of her work has been supported through grants including from Create NSW, Screen Australia and The Australia Council for the Arts.