The SPILL Team have been sharing what they’re excited about in this year’s festival.

See what they are looking forward to and read their top tips for SPILL 2016


Steve Goatman – Assistant Producer

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

The National Platform and the brand new children’s programme. And the music. And Entertainment Island. And The Dome. And everything!

Why is that?

The National Platform because it’s awesome and messy and subversive and exciting tour of an emerging generation of artists. The children’s programme because it’s awesome and messy and subversive and will inspire another generation of artists to come.

What works are you most looking forward to in that area?

Loads. All of it! But twist my arm and I’ll say You See… by Jamal Gerald, La Sainte Trinité by Natalie Raven and Public Selfcare System by Rhiannon Armstrong.

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

Sign up for the one-to-one performances asap because they’ll fill up quick.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

I’m really intrigued by all the guided walking tours, and by Strand. And if you’re getting up at sunrise remember the clocks go back on Sunday 30th.


Fi Mason – Development Manager

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL? It’s all looking fantastic, but I’m interested in the works that explore our relationship to heritage, memory and place, plus I’m looking forward to the sound + music programme, some of which crosses over with heritage and place.

Why is that? As a writer and artist I am particularly inspired by questions about place, about how we invest meaning in places and objects and use these as memory hooks to keep us tethered to our sense of self. If we could decipher and read the countless traces of what has gone before, what narratives might these reveal? Sound (along with scent) is one of the great place-memory triggers and we have some interesting work that references these ideas in the programme.

What works are you most looking forward to in that area? Shabnam Shabazi TERRA NULIUS, Elaine Mitchener [NAMES], Justin Hopper PUBLIC RECORD, Laura Burns ALMANAC, Mem Morrison LUMINOUS, Alternative Walking Tours, Mike Challis SOUNDHIDE,  Work Songs and New Pastorals – Various artists.

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival? Carry snacks. Sit and ponder often. Talk to everyone. Take risks and see work outside of usual sphere of interest.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why? If you’re over 10 years old you’re too old to take part in Lone Twin’s BEASTIE, BUT don’t miss out on the big surprise for adults at the end of the project. I think this is going to be pretty special…


Jason – Digital Assistant

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

I am look forward to the sound and music program of the festival

Why is that?

For me sound is the most important elements that our bodies respond to, so I am fascinated how this year’s SPILL artists will use sound in their performances.

What works are you most looking forward to in that area?

Mike Chailis Soundhide is an piece I am very much looking forward to experiencing after hearing his talk at the Pacitti Company think tank salon where Mike created a mini installation of Soundhide.

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

My tip would be to “go with the flow” and  try something that you wouldn’t have a chance to do as this is a festival…  live it… be it.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

My wild card would be J.S And The Lockerbilles. I was fortunate to see them at my friends wedding and everybody was foot shuffling into the night.


Jack O’Dell – Marketing

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

I am really looking forward to works happening in new and unusual spaces and works around Heritage + Place.

Why is that?

I have been working in Ipswich for the past two years and have enjoyed discovering new places, I have never been to so many of the 22 venues in the festival and I am looking forward to exploring them.

What works are you most looking forward to in that area?

I am really looking forward to Mike Challis’ SoundHide in the Education Hut in Christchurch Park, Mike has been recording the sound of nature all year round and it will be so nice to relax away from the vibrant town centre.

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

If you think “Oh I wouldn’t like that” go and see it and you will learn something from the experience.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

I have a couple. Sam Kennedy , read his copy and tell me you’re not intrigued and Four Short Films by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, I’ve heard great things about these short films and I am particularly interested in the use of video game footage in film.


Hina – SPILL Festival Assistant

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

SPILL National Platform performances and Playing Up

Why is that?

SPILL National Platform: Because it’s a range of new experiments that question basic human assumptions

Playing Up: I think it’s a unique way to introduce children to performance arts culture and something that can be customized for every culture

What works are you most looking forward to in that area?

La Sainte Trinity and Disperse

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

Book your ticket before they are gone and get to the venue in advance!

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

The Awful Journey by Oozing Gloop because it talks about displacement and migration and there’s someone in drag!


Robert Pacitti – Artistic Director & Curator

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

This is a really tough question as I curate the festival, so I am super looking forward to ALL of it. But next to all the amazing experimental performance work, next to the Kids + Families stuff, the Sound + Music programme and elements like the SPILL Dome and SPILL Think Tank, I am also really looking forward to the Heritage + Place works.

Why is that?

The Heritage + Place strand is new and everything is bespoke to the festival. The impulse to develop this area in SPILL has come from our rolling year round activities in Ipswich. Each work has been grown specially in the town over many months. This part of the programme is really about showing off what we have got and who we are here in Ipswich – a place where humans have lived together for many centuries.

What works are you most looking forward to in that area?

  • SoundHide by Mike Challis – a sound installation in Christchurch Park, playing back months of recordings of the dawn chorus and more.
  • Public Record by Justin Hopper and Scanner – a poetic audio guide responding to and sited in Ipswich Museum
  • Terra Nullius by Shabnam Shabazi – a performance and collective action by a group of local people responding to the World Collections within the Ipswich Museum.

And also the Alternative Ipswich Walking Tours that we selected from an open submission process where we asked local people what they felt passionate enough to show off to visitors during the festival. The entries we received were brilliant and we would have had a great time with lots of them. As it is, this time round we have these five beauties:

  • Sweet Charity by Giovanna Maria Casetta
  • Ipswich Touch Tour by Angela Bell
  • The Secret Signs of Ipswich by Borin Van Loon
  • A Beast’s Tour of Ipswich by Jane Riley
  • Suficient Spatiu Pentru Noi Toti (Enough Space For All Of Us) by Cad Taylor

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

Be sure to eat a hot meal once a day – any SPILL ticket or Pass will get you 20% off food in two wonderful local pubs, The Greyhound and The Woolpack.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

Of Leonardo Da Vinci (Quills, A Black Giant, Deluge) by Elaine Mitchener working in collaboration with David Toop, Barry Lewis and Dam Van Huynh. This work vibrates at the edges of sound art, video art, body based practice, jazz, electronica, activism, radical dance and and and… defo give it a go.


Andy Brumwell – Pacitti Company General Manager

What type of work are you looking forward to in SPILL?

Our new SPILL Festival strands, particularly Heritage + Place and Sound + Music

Why is that?

Ipswich is a town with much to celebrate and to mark SPILL’s presence here, I am looking forward to the beautiful works that have been created by amazing artists which will be found in so many different sites across the town.

What works are you’re most looking forward to in that area?

I have been privileged enough to have a couple of sneak previews of Soundhide by Mike Challis (Education Hut, Christchurch Park – Free entry), and Terra Nullius (Shabnam Shabazi, Ipswich Museum).  Soundhide is an amazing and relaxing pause from the busy world, which you should take your time to sit with.  Terra Nullius is a chance to see Ipswich Museum brought to life at night in so many new ways and is a heart-warming reflection of cultural diversity past and present.

What’s your insider tip on how to have a good festival?

I have two tips:

  1. Wear layers of clothes so you can experience works inside and outside across the day.
  2. Make the most of SPILL Passes – there is so much to see and they are so cost effective.

And what’s your wild card suggestion for audiences to go see, and why?

Luminous by Mem Morrison.  A very considered, crafted, visually stunning sound and visual work, sited in the equally elegant Willis Building.