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Jessie French

Deputy Creative Director

Jessie French is the deputy creative director of MPavilion and heads up the program. She has worked on the project from the very beginning, before its launch, as assistant producer in 2014 setting up the project and working heavily across the inaugural season’s music program and as associate producer overseeing the whole program in 2015, before becoming deputy creative director in 2016.

Jessie has lectured at The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, and the Victorian College of the Arts on curatorial practice, cultural management and public programs. She is a curator of the Robin Boyd Foundation’s DADo Film Society, which is dedicated to screening documentaries and films on architecture, design and urbanism and recently curated the music program for the City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Fashion Week 2017.

Before joining the MPavilion team, Jessie was project coordinator at Right Angle Studio, working behind the scenes on many creative projects with City of Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria and The Future Laboratory. Before this, Jessie worked across a diverse range of creative projects; In 2007, she was part of a small team to bring British fashion designer Kim Jones to Australia; she also worked as a photographer, and was published in Vice, Oyster, Vice, Harpers Bazaar and Russh among others; and on production of two feature films; Hail (2011), directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson, which premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival—one of only a handful of Australian films to feature in the selection over the past decade; and Ruin (2013), directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody which premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival and was awarded the special jury prize.