Dr Ricardo Peach is the Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform arts festival in Mangaung, South Africa. The festival is held annually over a six day period during the second week of July in Bloemfontein, Free State.
In his independent role he developed and is the Director of the Program for Innovation in Artform Development at the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State, and assisted as a Festival Partner Consultant for the Australian SituateArt in Festivals initiative (2013-2014).
Previously he managed the Capacity Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts (2014) and was an independent cultural consultant with expertise in research and analysis, project management, program and policy evaluation, social media and strategic business planning.
In 2012 he was the Acting Director of the Inter-Arts Office at the Australia Council for the Arts, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a high level, national experimental arts sector plan.
At the Australia Council (2006-2012) he also commissioned research on arts and creative industry partnerships with the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries; instigated an MOU with UNESCO; developed the Indigenous Experimental Art Fund; developed the Art in Festivals initiative; established the Australia Council’s AlloSphere artist residency at the California NanoSystems Institute in the University of California, Santa Barbara; developed the four year Splendid Young and Emerging Artist initiative with the music festival Splendour in the Grass; and developed the first government supported artist residency in a virtual world.
Ricardo managed national client files such as the multi-cultural touring organisation Kultour and the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program.
He was also the Coordinator of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy (2011-12), initiating the Diversity of Cultural Expression (DICE) Research Project in partnership with the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and the UNESCO Office Bangkok in 2012.
Ricardo was born in Mpumalanga, South Africa and moved with his family to Australia in the 1980s. He currently lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.