Tactical Art Projects is a response to a growing demand for artists who possess a combination of creativity and management skills.
Tactical Art Projects is Marcia Ferguson and Jessica Wilson – two artists with distinctive individual practices and a legacy of inventing, funding and realising remarkable projects with large scale participation and high-profile public outcomes.
Tactical Art Projects offer direct connection to an enormous pool of artists from a range of disciplines as well as working relationships with production, logistics and delivery teams.
Tactical Arts Projects creates a framework for Marcia and Jessica to conceive and realise exciting artistic interventions with genuine connection to people, place and ideas. We are not afraid to think big, weird and beautiful. Our job is to capture the imagination of participants, audience, partners and funders with ideas we have conceived in partnership with you.
Jessica is an artistic entrepreneur with a strong practice in image-based theatre and participative art. She has conceived and realised a myriad of artistic ventures, which respond to people and places and often involve many hundreds of participants. Her strength is in marrying the aesthetic and the logistical and her ability to bring artists, non-artists and partners together behind exciting artistic visions.
Whilst varying dramatically in scale and process, Jessica's works are defined by rich poetic imagery and strong sensory experiences and location based thinking.
Jessica has built a profile in recent years creating both in-theatre and small interactive works for children, undertaking significant tours of Australia and the USA. She has also consistently created large-scale open-air theatre, which is where her practice began.
Jessica sits on panels and works regularly as a mentor and as a teacher practitioner in university contexts including Monash, Deakin and University of Melbourne.
- She directed and raised nearly $500,000 for the massive spectacle DREAM MASONS in 2007, which took place on the wall of the Salamanca Arts Centre and played to 14,000 Hobartians across 3 nights.
- She secured a Victorian Government Small Town Transformation project for her 2 year long EDGE OF US project involving participant created light galleries in local parks of 5 tiny coast dwelling towns.
- She worked with homeless women to create the open air theatrical work DWELLING which was set inside a prototype affordable house that went on to be relocated and actually lived in, following the performance.
- Her most recent work, PASSENGER, a theatre work set on a moving bus, which uses the bus windows as screens, and reframes the real world as a cinema experience, premiered as a commission of the Victorian Arts Centre and Footscray Arts Centre and is set to play a season at the Greenwich and Docklands Festival in London.
- Her interactive works for children, SILK and I SEE YOU LIKE THIS, were both created as commissions of City of Melbourne's Artplay and then played seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne.
- She directed, devised and co-produced the large stage work for children STILL AWAKE STILL! which toured USA playing in New Yorks, New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street, as well as a massive 25 city Playing Australia tour of Australia.
Marcia is a festival director and curator with expertise in public art, community art, film and performance.
She is currently undertaking the Masters Art in Public Space RMIT 2016-18. She has B.Arts (Hons) Melbourne University and a Dip.Ed Melbourne University, MA Prelim (with Hons in contemporary performance) LaTrobe University. She regularly addresses audiences in public and educational forums and taught for many years at the Victorian College of the Arts and Ballarat University’s Small Companies and Community Theatre Course.
Marcia is currently the Project Officer at KINGSTON ARTS where she is assisting with the new strategic plan and instigating new programme initiatives. She is co-curator of IMMERSE, Knox City Council’s public art program and recently project-managed CONNECTING PLACES CONNECTING PEOPLE, a Kulin Nation public artwork on the Bayswater Underpass which is a Victorian State Government Level Crossing Removal initiative.
Marcia's TRAIN LINES, commissioned by Moreart, Moreland’s public art program, won the Mars Gallery Prize in 2016.
As co-CEO and artistic director of Big West Festival between 2012-15, Marcia raised almost $1million to fund and produce two large-scale site-specific contemporary art festivals, including signature community participation programs such as NEWEST (a contemporary performance program producing over 40 works), MOBILE RADIO and MOBILE ART SPACES (a mobile art residency for outer western suburbs), and HOUSE PROJECT. Marcia secured over 100 new partnerships for Big West including businesses, schools, universities and philanthropic foundations. Audiences peaked at 200,000, 4000 community participants took part in making and experiencing art and distinctive artists from a vast range of disciplines were drawn to create work.
Between 2000-2012, Marcia worked as Artistic Associate for the internationally renowned company BACK TO BACK THEATRE, co-devising the multi-award winning GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH, directing DEMOCRATIC SET films in Australia and overseas, and directing and facilitating numerous community and contemporary art programs.