Celeste Aldahn

I am an early-career producer and arts administrator currently working on Gadigal Land, New South Wales. I work across artistic programs and curatorship to further public engagement with art, artists and ideas through unique and inclusive audience experiences.

I have worked in roles centered on audience engagement and production at the Art Gallery of South Australia; WOMADelaide; Adelaide Festival; Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute; Carclew; and as Team Leader of the Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2013; as well as co-directing FELTspace Gallery; and producing independent contemporary music festivals Half Strange (2016, 2017) and BungSound (2017).

From 2016-2018, I was employed as the inaugural Teen Programs Officer at the Art Gallery of South Australia, programming and producing Neo, the Gallery’s free bi-monthly festival-style event for 13 to 17 years olds, which regularly attracts an audience of 600+ teens. Here, I also worked closely with the Gallery’s Director, Nick Mitzevich and Assistant Director, Creative Programs, Lisa Slade to program and produce festival and exhibition openings; talks, tours, lectures and symposia; art fairs and auctions; school holiday and GP workshops; performance; live music; and other after-hours events.

I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, First Class Honours in 2011 (UniSA) and am currently completing an MA in Curating and Cultural Leadership (UNSW). I have exhibited nation wide and received professional grants from the Adelaide City Council, ArtsSA, Australia Council, Carclew, Helpmann Academy, and NAVA.

Waxing Moon (Self-portrait), Digital Video, 4.30min, Celeste Aldahn, September 2012
Neo 2018 Teen Takeover Program
Inaugural Neo Teen Takeover, Program, Art Gallery of South Australia, April 2017
Neo Teen Event
Neo Teen Takeover, Art Gallery of South Australia, photo by Saul Steed, April 2017
Neo Teen Event
Neo Advisory Committee members, Art Gallery of South Australia, photo by Morgan Sette, December 2018
Neo Teen Event
Australian Dance Theatre Youth Ensemble, Neo Teen Takeover 2, photo by Nat Rogers, March 2018
Adelaide Biennale Program
Adelaide Biennale Vernissage Weekend Program, Art Gallery of South Australia, March 2018
Half Strange Festival Poster
Half Strange Contemporary Music Festival, promotional poster, Aida Azin, September 2017
Half Strange Festival
Half Strange Contemporary Music Festival, Spotting, photo by Daniel Purvis, September 2016
Bungsound Festival Poster
Bungsound Electronic Music Festival, promotional poster, Melinda Brodde, April 2017
Bungsound Festival
Bungsound Electronic Music Festival, Lauren Abineri, photo by Daniel Purvis, April 2017