The 2019 Channels Festival, curated by Artistic Director Kelli Alred, reflects on the urgent, unstable and fluid nature of our times.

Channels Festival strives to be an active participant, provocateur and facilitator within the field of video art


We seek to expand awareness and appreciation of video art as an important, powerful and vital practice, through an ambitious program of contemporary Australian and international work.


We create a space where artists and audiences can come together to consider video art’s broader social and critical discourses and histories.

Active Participants

In collaboration with our partners, artists and audiences, we are engaged in building a dynamic and sustainable, local and global community that champions the role of video practices within contemporary art.


Channels Festival is a non-profit, artist-led organisation based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land upon which we meet, the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations peoples.



Channels Festival was founded by artists Jessie Scott, Rachel Feery and Eugenia Lim in 2012. It was initiated on the basis of a mutual passion for video art and a commitment to building greater awareness and appreciation of the form.

The inaugural festival was co-directed by the founders with the aim of representing the breadth and depth of local and international practices operating within the field.

2015 Festival

Artistic Director Nikki Lam curated a program that sought to challenge the historical context of video art by exploring its development in an increasingly tech-saturated and hybridised world.

2017 Festival

Artistic Director Alicia Renew presented a festival that explored speculative narratives as a construct for mapping uncharted cultural territories, histories and futures.

Meet the Team

Artistic Director Kelli Alred
Program Manager Jessica O’Brien
General Manager Shannon King
Interpretation and Engagement Curator Laura Couttie
Program Producer Pamela Arce
Public Programs Coordinator Maria Teresa Tavares
Engagement Coordinator Isabella Hone-Saunders
Administrator Beatrix Macintyre
Branding and Design Steve Gavan and Sara Hayat
Website Development Jack Fowler

Advisory Committee

Jessie Scott
Alicia Renew
Leela Schauble


Channels Festival collaborates with local, national and international partners on the development and delivery of our program.

The 2019 Channels Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.