“What makes [Cat Jones’] artworks or art experiences important is the capacity to experience as a community, large or small, a shift in thinking.”
Prudence Gibson and Monica Gagliano, The Feminist Plant
Cat Jones is an artist, writer, researcher, performer, curator and all round creatrix with over 25 years experience.
Described as transformative and unique, her work subverts social constructs, history, science, language and the senses. She investigates cultural identity, gender, inter-species relationships, botanic and medical politics, climate futures and more. Her projects manifest across live, site-specific, media and olfactive art. She has a special interest in audience psychology and a focus on immersive and socially engaged artworks.
Previously, Jones was Artistic Director / CEO of PACT centre for emerging artists, and Co-Director then inaugural Chairperson of Electrofringe, international festival of electronic arts and culture.
As an author Jones’ work spans creative writing, critical reviews, science research and communication. She writes for Realtime Onscreen and her first article (co-authored) for The Conversation received over 1 million reads. As a public speaker she has made many presentations at cultural, artistic, scientific events, conferences and symposiums.
She has a Bachelor of Arts – Drama from Queensland University of Technology and has done extensive professional development across experimental performance, writing, art and science including The Kitchen (NY) at Text as a basis for Multi-Media Performance with Bill T Jones and Laurie Anderson, Troika Ranch Dance Theatre and Troika Tronix; Time_Place_Space_1 (Wagga Wagga), DV8’s Wendy Houston; Proximity Lab; Gen-Space (NY); SymbioticA and more.
Jones is a regular on assessment, selection and advisory panels for local national and international government and NGO organisations. She has experience as a producer and arts manager across programming, events and festivals, grants, administration, logistics and financial management.
Jones is a recipient of numerous grants, awards and international residencies. She is a Creative Fellow of the Australia Council for the Arts; a Synapse awardee; winner of the Sadakichi Art and Olfaction Award 2016; and an affiliate of the Sansom Institute, Body and Mind at University of South Australia. In 2018 Jones is the Create NSW Performing Arts and Music Fellow.