Alison Ross- Curriculum Vitae
Alison graduated from QUT in 1993 with a BA-Drama, majoring in design. She has worked in and around design ever since.
Freelance exhibition designs 2017-2018:
Museum Applied Arts and Sciences/LACMA: Reigning Men:Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015; Children’s School Holiday Program ‘Kid’s Couture'; Australian Men’s Style
Redcliffe Museum: Based on Blackwell’s Design Co’s masterplan redevelopment, I created a new design for the permanent collection as well as the entrance/foyer/retail spaces
Queensland Museum: Various design projects-current
JCA/UNE: Museum Design Consultant to James Cubitt Architects on UNE’s library redevelopment which includes a new-look museum and art gallery-current
Museum of Brisbane 2013-2017:
Sit Pose Snap: Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850-1950
Our Mutable Histories: Robert Andrew- indigenous, kinetic, installation artist
Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong- a touring show from CMAG
100% Brisbane: A large-scale permanent exhibition focussing on the people who make up Brisbane
Facing World War 1: Stories of Loyalty, Loss and Love- filmmaker partner: Facing Australia
Momentary: Kenji Uranishi- Brisbane-based Japanese ceramicist
Living in the City: New Architecture in Brisbane and the Asia Pacific
Cloud Land: Robyn Stacey- contemporary photographs using the camera obscura technique
The Last Street in Highgate Hill: Stephen Nothling- paintings and collages
Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood: The collection of Nicholas Inglis
Painting with Light: William Bustard- painter of oils, acrylics and stained-glass
The View from Here: The Photographic World of Alfred Elliott 1890-1940
Euan Macleod: Moreton Island – oil paintings painted en plain air
Navigating Norman Creek: documentary films made by filmmaker and historian, Trish Fitzsimons
Captured: Early Brisbane Photographers and their Aboriginal Subjects
David Malouf and Friends: five contemporary artists respond to the author’s writings
Theatre designs (set, props, costume) include:
Brown Cabs/Malthouse Theatre/ FCAC: Heart is a Wasteland
Brown Cabs/FCAC: Hunted, My Lover’s Bones (Melbourne Festival)
Urban Chamber: Outer Urban Projects/ Melbourne Festival/ Melbourne Recital Centre
RealTV/ LaMama: Tall Man Creative Regions: Tales of the Underground: Three One-Act Plays
Queensland Theatre Company: The Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Road to the She-Devil’s Salon, The Road to Mecca, Cooking with Elvis (tour), Bash, Mad Hercules
La Boîte: Perfect Skin, James and Johnno (tour), The Holden Plays,Small Mercies
La Boite/Zen Zen Zo: Wicked Bodies
La Boite/Strut and Fret/Griffin: The Secret Death of Salvador Dali
La Boite/Genre: Blasted, Closer
Zen Zen Zo: The Man Who Sold the World (co-design with Rachel Konyi)
Just Us Theate Ensemble: Flutter, Surviving Jonah Salt,
The Breast Project, Two 4 One
JUTE/Queensland Performing Arts Centre: My Of Course Life
Grin and Tonic: Monkey (tour)
Harvest Rain: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Much Ado About Nothing,
As You Like It, Loves Labours Lost, A Man For All Seasons
Kooemba Jdarra: Yarnin’ Up (tour- Australia and South Korea), Purple Dreams, Seems Like Yesterday
Ilbijerri Theatre Co: Body Armour, Tiddalik (Museum of Victoria)
Kite Children’s Theatre: Kese Solwata (co-design) Out of the Box, Round the Bend, Pablo’s Caper
Strut and Fret: Site Design, Garden of Unearthly Delights 2013,2012,2011, Midsummer Night’s Groove, Brisbane River Festival Parade 1998
The Nest/ Darlinghurst Theatre: The Knowing of Mary Poppins
Canto Coro: 1975- A Love Story. An opera by Irine Vela
One Hand Clapping: between heaven & earth. – Stace Callaghan
Independent: The Window. (Tour- Qld, S.A, Tokyo and Osaka)
QUT:(alumni)The Art of Success, Spurboard, Mount Monster (Outof the Box)
Igneous/ National Choreographic Centre: Mirage.
Queensland Ballet: Excalibur (tour), Don Quixote (tour)
Vulcana Women’s Circus: Aviatrix
QPAC: Women in Voice 13 and 14 (tour),
Five to Midnight (co-designer)
Queensland Theatrical Touring Ensemble: Chicago (tour)
Expressions Dance Theatre: On Thin Ice
Playbox Theatre: Stolen
Grin and Tonic: Seasons, A Tale of Two Cities
Kooemba Jdarra: Goin’ to the Island
Film credits include:
‘The Oysterman’-2012. Written and Directed by Romain Moreton. DoP: Warwick Thornton. Produced by John Harvey, Brown Cab Productions. Funded by Screen Australia and ABC.
‘The Hunter’ – 2012. Written by Cameron Castello. Directed by Margaret Harvey. DoP: Murray Lui. Produced by John Harvey, Brown Cab Productions. Funded by Screen Australia & ABC
Galactic Sex Wars –VCA 2008. Written and Directed by Robbie McEwan. Winner short film: Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2009.
Uncle Johnny – Written and Directed by Mark Constable.
2nd place Tropfest 2008
‘The Turning: Cockleshell’-2012 Written by Marcel Dorney, based on Tim Winton’s novel. Directed by Tony Ayres. DoP: Germain McMicking. Produced by Julie Eckersley, Matchbox Pictures
Grace (SBS Sand to Celluloid series). Director: Wesley Enoch
The Visit (directed and produced by Kerith Holmes)
Superman Returns, Paradise Road, Portofino and
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Television Art Department:
State Coroner, Pigs Breakfast, Full Frontal and Friday Night Games
Alison has worked as puppet maker for Handspan Visual Theatre on several large-scale projects, including Raised By Wolves and The Cone Project and as a prop maker on numerous productions including The Boy from Oz and Sisterella.
She has lectured in prop-making at the Queensland University of Technology 1998-2006 and was Lecturer in Design, within the School of Performing Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University from 2007-2011.
Alison has created exhibitions for Museum of Brisbane, Qantas Historical Museum, the Queensland Primary Industries Museum and one of Yamaha’s award-winning ‘Best Display’ exhibitions at the Australian Motorshow.
In 2005 Alison received an Asialink residency funded by the Australia Council, the Australia-Korea Foundation and Arts Queensland. She worked in South Korea for three months as designer and prop maker and her hosts were LATT Children’s Theatre and Yongin University. This relationship with LATT has continued and Alison has returned to Korea thrice to conduct art-drama workshops.
Alison has received two Matilda Award commendations for her stage designs.