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curriculum vitae

Here is a shorter version of a current CV: Condensed CV 2014


bec massey

Festival/Community Work

– Organisation and preparation of workshop materials

Conducting and supervising lantern workshops in schools and with community  groups

Design and construction of feature lanterns

Participation and performance in various festivals and parades

Construction and manipulation of shadow puppets and backpack puppets.

Organising bookings and liaising with schools and other Community Groups.

Team coordination and supervision

– Construction of fire effects

Facilitating workshops through to performance in festivals/parades

– Transport/Logistics

– Time Management – Prioritising Tasks

– Lateral Thinking/ Forward Planning

– Ability to work with diverse demographic of people

employment herstory:


2012 January/February

Fringe World (Perth, WA)

Production crew for bump in, Bartendress during festival, pack down post festival.

December 2011/January  2012

Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford, QLD)

Production Crew/Volunteer Liaison for Farewell Ceremony.



AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things (Perth WA) Production crew for bump in. 

Worked with Polyglot on Sticky Maze.


Lismore Lantern Parade (Lismore, NSW)

Core Production Crew. Eighth consecutive year. Built feature parade lantern (Scrap Boy). Responsible for transport/logistics on Show Day.


Private Lantern Commission 

Several pod lanterns were created and installed in on location for a music video clip.


Ord Valley Muster (Kununurra, WA)

Three week artist residency. A Boab Tree feature lantern was created to then go ‘On Tour’ to various events throughout the Muster. Smaller lanterns were made with the community, culminating in a lantern parade as part of the closing Street Party.

Role: Project Manager, Facilitator, Artist, Organiser.


Fairbridge Folk Festival (Pinjarra, WA) 

Second consecutive year of facilitating lantern-making workshops, as well as managing a lantern parade through Fairbridge as part of Saturday evening’s festivities.  Role: Project Manager, Facilitator, Artist.


Joondalup Street Parade (Joondalup, WA)

Second consecutive year working as an independent artist/float maker. Constructed two large flying pig puppets for the annual Street Parade as part of Joondalup Festival.

Role: Project Manager, Artist, Organiser.


Keela Dreaming Festival (Kellerberrin, WA)

February and March saw this little carrot venturing into the Wheatbelt to work on Keela Dreaming, the biennial indigenous festival held in Kellerberrin.  Lanterns and costumes were produced through a series of workshops facilitated in local schools. Works produced became part of a large-scale outdoor spectacle with pyrotechnics, large-scale puppetry and children performing.


   Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford, Queensland)

Have attended Woodford Folk Festival since 2004, working as an artist/performer with
LightnUp. Highlights have been performing at the opening ceremony 04-07 and working as a puppeteer in ‘…before a duck’ puppet show in 2007.


October – Desert Red Earth Arts Festival – (Karratha, WA)

Carried out a two-week residency, during which close to two hundred lanterns were made in a series of workshops with the community. In addition to this, two feature lanterns were made for the Lantern Parade that was part of the Karratha Community Celebration. Role: Project Manager, Facilitator, Artist.

September – Tulip Time – (Bowral, NSW)

Worked with LightnUp, assisting in a series of Lantern Making Workshops that culminated in a Parade to celebrate 50 Years of Tulip Time in Bowral. Role: Facilitator.

Moorambilla Festival (Coonamble, Far Western New South Wales)

Completed a two week residency. Worked with two other artists Louise Marne (indigenous weaving artist) and Cate McCarthy (visual/multimedia artist) to create installations exploring the themes of journeys and coming home. Installations were collectively called What Baggage? and incorporated woven dilly bags, suitcase art, origami paper brolgas and projections. A festival that unites both regional and metropolitan, adults and children and facilitates the co-creation of a performance of auditory and visual excellence. Role: Facilitator, Projection Artist.

August / September – Mosman Park Public School (Artist in Residence)

Co-Facilitated the creation of four large Junk Sculptures with 250 children in two days. Roles included facilitator, artist and crowd control.

June – Lismore Lantern Parade (Lismore, NSW) 2003 – 2010

Have worked in varying capacities for the last seven years with LightnUp, co creators of Lismore Lantern Parade. As a core crew member, her roles included facilitator, artist, organiser, performer, supervising and coordinating small groups, school workshops coordinator (06/07) and community lantern project coordinator (08).

April – Fairbridge Folk Festival (Pinjarra, WA)

Facilitated a number of workshops making lanterns, as well as building/facilitating feature lanterns to be paraded through Fairbridge as part of Saturday evening’s festivities. Role: Project Manager, Facilitator, Artist, Organiser.

March –Joondalup Street Parade (Joondalup, WA)

Worked as an independent artist and constructed two large-scale puppets in the form of a Moon Goddess and a Sun God for the annual Street Parade as part of Joondalup Festival. Role: Project Manager, Artist, Organiser.


November Onwards – Red Feathers and a Hula Skirt

Have been working with Red Feathers in a number of capacities since November 2009. Roles have included consignment artist, workshop facilitator and retail assistant which encompasses stock rotation, cash handling and customer service.

December – Carols on Norton (Leichhardt, NSW)

Three week residency in Leichhardt Sydney, two weeks of which included facilitating lantern making workshops in the lead up to Carols on Norton, an annual choral event featuring Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

October – Northbridge Piazza

In conjunction with The Song Room, facilitated a lantern parade with children from Tuart Hill PS for the Grand Opening of the Northbridge Piazza.

September – Moorambilla Festival (Coonamble, Far Western New South Wales)

I have been involved with Moorambilla Festival for four consecutive years, this year returning to teach the local children to sew as they recorded their hopes and dreams  onto fabric squares. These were then digitally photographed and turned into a slide show to become part of a light installation projected onto the local catholic church. The fabric squares were also sewn into Tibetan style prayer flags and returned to all the schools who were involved. Role: Project manager, artist, organiser, facilitator.

August – Australian Red Cross – Volunteer

Began volunteer work at my local Red Cross Op Shop. Duties include stock rotation, front of house, customer relations and cash handling.

August – The Song Room,au

Began work with The Song Room, an Australia wide organization who provides creative opportunities to disadvantaged children. Working as a relief Teaching artist.

June –  Lismore Lantern Parade (Lismore, New South Wales)

Traveled across Australia to work on the parade that started my  journey on this path.  Over two weeks, I designed, constructed and built four large illuminated gate ways through which large numbers of people passed through on their way to the finale show. Main roles included artist, facilitator and coordinator.

April – Yalgoo School Holiday Program (Yalgoo, WA)

Three artists travelled to Yalgoo, a small town located 220 kilometres inland of Geraldton to run workshops for the school holidays. During that week, we ran workshops in our respective areas of expertise, including hula-hoop making, puppet making, stilt- walking, making poi and lanterns. The end of the week culminated in the children and adults taking to the streets with a parade of lanterns, stilt-walkers and large-scale puppets.

– Fairbridge Festival (Pinjarra, WA)

Co-facilitating lantern making workshops over two days culminating in a parade through the festival.

Kidogo Arthouse (Fremantle, WA)

Facilitation of children’s art classes including painting, drawing and costuming.

March – SOTA Lantern Workshop (Carnarvon School of the Air)

Facilitated a workshop with children from School of the Air. The lanterns made in that workshop then became table centrepieces for the ICPA conference (Isolated Children and Parents Association) held in Perth earlier this year.

Governess (Wooramel Station)

Worked for three weeks, teaching a five year old boy School of the Air lessons, caring for him and his two year old sister, general household duties, etc.

February – Chinese New Year Celebrations (Sydney CBD)

Construction of two large Panda lanterns made of wire, cane and silk for a float that took part in the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade in Sydney. Project also included facilitation of lantern workshops in the lead up to New Year celebrations.

January – Australia Day Celebrations (Woy Woy Waterfront) Also in 2008 and 2007

Project designed to bring together Indigenous community and the local RSL group. Workshop preparation and delivery, youth work, community liaise, joint coordinator of lantern workshop program.

December08/January 09 Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford, Queensland)

Have attended Woodford Folk Festival since 2004, working as an artist/performer with LightnUp. Highlights have been performing at the opening ceremony 04-07 and puppeteer in ‘…before a duck’ puppet show in 2007.


November – Ballina Rivafest (Ballina, New South Wales)

Design of three large gateways that formed the main entrances to the festival. Coordinating a team of people on the day to construct and install the gateways.

October – Tweed River Festival (Tweed Heads) – Also worked in 2007, 06, 05 and 04

Involved in workshop prep/delivery and parade logistics for the past 3-4 years. Have worked as a facilitator/teacher with a number of primary schools, high schools and disability groups.

September – Bellingen Global Music Carnival (Bellingen, New South Wales) Also worked in 2007, 2005 and 04

Organisation/preparation of workshop materials. Facilitating lantern workshops throughout the festival culminating in large lantern parade.

May – Twentieth Anniversary of World Expo 88 (Southbank, Brisbane)

Workshop preparation and delivery, organising. Facilitated workshops where participants block printed/decorated and constructed simple backpack puppets as part of the children’s section of the expo.

February – April

Puppet Caravan (various locations across Australia) and

Group of puppeteers traveling across Australia delivering puppet workshops and performances along the way. Highlights included performing at Adelaide Fringe, crossing the Nullabor and performing at the Transit Lounge (artist’s bar of Unima2008) at Perth Town Hall. Puppets made in school workshops became part of The Million Puppet Project (Guinness World Record attempt), and Puppet Caravan was an official event of Unima 2008 world puppetry convention. Facilitator/Performer

Highlights of 2007 included travelling to New Zealand to work on community lantern parade for the Opening Ceremony of Taranaki International Festival of the Arts working with Indigenous Communities in far north Queensland (Caring For Country – Cardwell) and central west New South Wales (River Dreaming in Bathurst).

Highlights of 2006 were travelling to Tasmania for the Festival of Voices participating in shadow puppetry workshops culminating in a ritual performance in St David’s Cathedral and construction of a five metre long articulated backpack puppet for Songlines Festival in the Blue Mountains.

2004 February – June

ØParticipant in Community Cultural Development project run through LightnUp. Shadow animation course included concept development, learning how to storyboard, stop motion filming techniques and post-production activities such as video editing.

education and qualifications:

2009                        Renewed Responsible Service of Alcohol

Obtained a Working With Children Check

2008                        Mental Health First Aid Course through Mindright Institute

2006                        Completed First Aid Course through St John’s.

2002 – 05               Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Sculpture at SCU,

2003                        Studio Prize (Kaske) for Sculpture, SCU, Lismore

2001                         RSA and RCG, Mudgee TAFE.


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