Artist and designer Jacob Nash, whose work is well known to Sydney Festival and Bangarra Dance Theatre audiences, has been appointed as Sydney Festival’s inaugural Creative Artist in Residence. Having begun his residency on 7 April, he will be charged with creatively, artistically and culturally envisaging and overseeing major projects within the 2022 program, working closely with Festival Director Olivia Ansell.

Jacob NashArtist and designer Jacob Nash. Photo courtesy of Sydney Festival

“I am really excited to be joining the Sydney Festival to work alongside the brilliant Olivia Ansell,” said Nash. “I look forward to sharing my diverse career experiences and cultural knowledge with her and the festival team, to help shape and define her vision for our city in summer.”

Nash’s work for Sydney Festival includes creative direction for Proclamation in 2020 as well as production design for ALWAYS in 2019, BLACK TIES in 2020 and To cook or not to Cook in 2021. He is also Head Designer at Bangarra – a role he will maintain while undertaking the residency – and has designed the sets for all Bangarra productions since 2010, including Bennelong, OUR land people stories, Patyegarang, Waramuk – in the dark night and Of Earth and Sky.

Nash led production design on Stephen Page’s film SPEAR and short film Sand. In 2017, he was the production designer for ABC’s sci-fi drama series Cleverman, and his public art and site-specific installations include The Canopy and Eora.

“Jacob is one of Australia’s most evocative and in demand designers,” said Ansell. “His Helpmann award winning productions with Bangarra Dance Theatre and recent collaborations with Sydney Festival under Wesley Enoch’s tenure, have powerfully and poetically evoked audiences in Australia and overseas. I’m thrilled to appoint Jake as our Creative Artist in Residence and look forward to the deep cultural knowledge and collaboration that Jake will bring.”

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