Tegan Nash Ollett is an artist, producer, and teacher working in the field of dance and live art. Following the completion of a Bachelor Degree in Dance (QUT), Ollett established a creative focus exploring contemporary dance practice through collaborative performance installations and larger choreographic works. Her work examines our intrinsic connection to one another, and to place, interrogating the frequent disengagement perpetuated by our modern lives; investigating the energetic and aesthetic potential of this concept through choreographic investigations. Her works have featured in festivals and galleries and include collaborations with Australian visual, sound and projection artists.
Tegan has produced numerous original works and received the Dance Award at the North Queensland Arts Awards (2015). She has also produced opportunities for others to engage in creative practice by facilitating workshops for youth, artists and the wider community, and as a teacher of contemporary dance practice. In 2018, she was a mentee of the Emerging Cultural Leaders Program (ECL) at the Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne). Tegan is passionately focused on advocating for an inclusive and diverse arts sector, developing community and sector opportunities to encourage this shift.
Tegan has worked and trained with a range of Australian artists and choreographed and performed works for Australian festivals including the Brisbane 2 High Festival and Townsville’s Strand Ephemera 09. In 2015, Tegan choreographed and performed in Twilight, a multisite performance work directed by Cheryl Stock in collaboration with Dancenorth, celebrating the company’s 30th Anniversary. Twilight received the 2016 Australia Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance. She has collaborated with many artists including Zoe Porter (visual artist), Exploko (sound), BADSKIN (sound composer) Holly Grech Fitzgerald (visual artist) and Isadoré (sound producer). Her most recent independent works include Aura (2019, Townsville); Sinew (2015, Umbrella Studio); Permeate (2017, The Space Dance and Art Centre); Distortion Effect (2018, Townsville, Scotland).
Image: Leah Jing (above)
Tegan is an independent producer working in Victoria. With an extensive, 10-year career developing performances, public events, and programs for arts organisations and community groups, nationally and internationally, Tegan has diverse skills and networks that allow her to successfully achieve projects and artistic outcomes. Her producing practice traverses both dance and the visual arts across regional and metropolitan communities. It is unique, as it is informed by her work as an independent artist, teacher, arts manager, and producer; in a range of contexts including small to medium arts organisations, regional councils and companies, and in direct partnership with independent artists. This has allowed her to define her interests as a producer and gain the knowledge and skills required to plan and achieve projects in a range of spaces for a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
Currently situated in regional Victoria, Tegan is striving to develop a practice that is responsive to the particular needs of artists working in these areas and which acts to both serve and challenge the interests of audiences living in these communities. She is passionately focused on advocating for an inclusive and diverse arts sector, developing community and sector opportunities to encourage this shift.
Tegan is currently the Lead Producer of Live Art Benalla, a new performance platform developed to present multidisciplinary events in Benalla and surrounding areas. LAB works with local artists, organisations and the community to program events and create artistic experiences.
Tegan can provide a range of support, advice, and guidance to artists and organisations including:
Grant /report writing, budgets, and advice
Marketing, promotions, and communications
Publicity support and engagement
Stakeholder/artist engagement and relationship building
Touring organisation and arrangements
Industry advice and knowledge
Project organisation and delivery
Creative development support and vision boarding
Sacred Grooves for Secular Spaces – Nithya Nagarajan
Sat 14 March 2020, 7.30 - 9.30pm @ MPavilion
Pieces for Small Spaces 2017 – Lucy Guerin Inc
Co-produced 5 small premiere works by 5 Independent Artists.
VISUAL ARTS SPACE
Tegan has also worked within the visual arts space for Galleries and community groups as an educator, facilitator, and program coordinator. She has developed creative programs, education resources, interactive learning activities and workshops within these spaces.
Troy Emery Into the Wild; Annual Glencore Children’s Exhibition 2017 - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Brick By Brick; LEGO Exhibition 2014 - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Strand Ephemera 2013 - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Images below: Cassandra Briggs Photography, 2021