Jo Duffy’s varied and extensive 20 year career in the arts spans Australia, Italy, Scotland and Poland. She was the Artistic Director of the Darwin Festival from 2009 to 2011 and the 2013 Artistic Director of Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island. Jo is an Arts & Culture Consultant specialising in producing, programming and community engagement. She works with local government, foundations, regional arts centres, other arts organisations and independent artists. She was the 2014 Alcorso Foundation fellow and spent three months examining the enduring integrity of cultural celebrations in southern Italy.
Jo worked on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for seven years where, most recently, she was the Associate Director of Aurora Nova. For three years she was Consultant Producer for The Brave Festival – Against Cultural Exile, in Wroclaw, Poland. Jo has also worked with Sydney Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Venti Lucenti in Florence and Poland’s Teatr Piesn Kozla. She was a member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts for three years and a peer assessor for Market Development, Arts Organisations and the 6-year Multi-Artform panels. She sits on a number of other national steering committees and advisory groups.
Jo has developed a reputation for her passionate pursuit of independent arts projects, including her ongoing involvement with regional and remote communities and artists.