LARA THOMS - Artistic AssociateLara Thoms recently received a two year Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to explore site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art. Lara was commissioned to create a large scale public work Ultimate Vision: Monuments to Us as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art's C3WEST program, a publication of the same title was released by the MCA in 2014. Other works include 'Exposition' for the Melbourne Art Fair with Jason Maling, and ‘The Experts Project’, (2011- 2013) where she spoke with 150 ‘unofficial experts’ as part of Local Positioning Systems at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2015 she was part of ‘ Ancient MSG’ at Gertrude Glasshouse in collaboration with Australian and Indonesian Artists. Along with her work in Aphids, her inter-disciplinary, collaborative projects have been presented at the Next Wave Festival, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Radial System V, Berlin, Media Arts Asia Pacific Festival, Raumars Finland, and the Australian Centre for Photography. In 2013 she collaborated with 87 yr old Joy Hruby, a DIY television broadcaster for the Tele Visions festival at Performance Space. Lara has recently exhibited new works with Indonesian Artist Wok the Rok after a residency in Jogjakarta curated by Gertrude Contemporary. Lara has been invited to speak at multiple arts conference including ‘Civic Actions -Artists practices beyond the museum’, 'Performing Motilities', and 'Spectres of Evaluation'.