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David Kirkpatrick works in the realm of moments and fragments, use of space and energy of place. He is interested in art that brings people together, locally and internationally, through extraordinary means of expression. David is based in Liverpool, Western Sydney, Australia and works worldwide. He is a founding member of Murasaki Penguin with dancer/choreographer Anna Kuroda. Recent works include Window and Shima for Wellington.

David has collaborated with Khaled Sabsabi, Vic McEwanNicholas HopeToby K, Stephen Hawker, NibrollST SpotShopfront, CuriousWorks, Heaps Decent, BYDS, PYT, ATYP, MOD ProductionsRamus, The Pulse, Just Pixels, Sydney Opera House, schools and councils. He mentors other artists and has experience sitting on arts panels and boards.

David’s palette of media and materials is constantly changing. In general his works fall into the following categories.

  • Dance and theatre (usually sound and/or visual composition)
  • Installation (usually interactive and site-specific)
  • Custom software and hardware
  • Building projection and pixel mapping
  • Live AV performance

For a print-ready 2 page CV see David Kirkpatrick WebCV.pdf

  • TOYOTA Chorography Award Finalist (Japan, 2016)
    For Window
  • ArtsHub Awards Shortlist Finalist – Innovation Award for a Group, Organisation or Company (Australia, 2012)
    For Live Stream Performance
  • Fellowship of Australian Composers Award (Australia, 2007)
    For Unite
Thank you to the following organisations for much-appreciated support
  • Australia Council for the Arts
    The following projects have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
    Citylights~街の灯 – Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists Commission (2012)
    Detours & Destinations Installation – Digital Culture Fund (2010)
    Laying the foundations to make a living as a sound and multimedia artist – ArtStart Grant (2009)
  • Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT)
    Murasaki Penguin’s Window at the TOYOTA Choreography Award 2016 was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (2016)
  • TOYOTA Japan
    TOYOTA Chorography Award finalist funding (2016)
  • Wellington LUX Festival, New Zealand
    Shima for Wellington installation funding (2015)
  • Steep Slope Studio, Japan
    Window development residency (2015)
  • Ausdance NSW
    Window and Depth Dance Artist In Residence (DAIR) residencies (2014 and 2015)
  • Brand X
    Depth Performing Arts Residency (2014)
  • Underbelly Arts Festival, Australia
    Shima project funding (2011)
  • Screen Development Australia
    Full subsidy to attend The Australian Network for Art and Technology’s (ANAT) Dome Lab (2010)
  • NSW Government
    Funding to create Threshold Live – a concert by emerging Australian sound and multimedia artists (2007)