Anita Spooner

Producer, curator & editor
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I’m an arts organiser and editor interested in film, performance,  publishing and arts writing. I work as a producer at Next Wave and direct Free Association, a new platform for workshops and publishing.

My background is in moving image. In previous lives I worked as Associate Editor at Millennium Film Journal, Independent Curator at Channels Festival, directed Interval, produced videos for the likes of Le1f and Client Liaison, and cast nonactors with Flood Projects. I wrote my Masters thesis on artist Amie Siegel, the ethics of nonfiction representation and the documentary turn in contemporary art.

I’m back at school this year studying writing and editing. The plan is to write a book drawing on my Cuban heritage, Santería, my mother’s psychic diaries, telepathy and psychoanalysis.

I’m also a sister, daughter and proud auntie to baby Oberon.

I live and work in Naarm/ Melbourne on the stolen and unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.


Last year I launched Free Association with Chantelle Mitchell, a platform for workshops and publishing through the fields of fiction, poetry, critical theory, philosophy and art criticism. In 2019 we presented The Two-Headed Bird with Manisha Anjali, and Time, After Time with Camila Galaz. The outcomes for each workshop are published on the website. We are in the throes of three new workshops with Jeanine Leane, Astrid Lorange and Lujayn Hourani.

With Next Wave I produced a series of videos for their new online platform BROADCAST. The first three videos featured artists Fayen d’Evie, Luke King and Bruno Booth. I manage a partnership with the University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct to curate and produce public art, mentorship programs and public programs. This video reflects on some of the projects I organised last year with Jason Phu, Sam Wallman and The Living Pavilion.

Until recently, I produced public programs for SEVENTH Gallery after managing the space from 2017-2018.

I collaborate with an itinerant group of artists and writers The Performance Document Working Group.

Here are some flyers for older projects I curated and co-curated below:

View the performance document here
View documentation of the event here

View the performance document here