Jeff Khan is Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney. Originally from Western Australia, Jeff is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and experimental practices. At Performance Space, Jeff oversees the development and delivery of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, as well as a range of residencies, laboratories and artist development programs. Performance Space’s programs situate Australian practice in an Asia Pacific context and Jeff has recently undertaken extensive research across East and South-East Asia in the development of the organisation’s programs, growing an international network of likeminded artists and organisations. From 2006–2010 Jeff was Artistic Director of Next Wave (Melbourne), overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program and numerous special projects.
Jeff sat on the international jury of the 2017 Taishin Art Award, Taiwan’s largest private contemporary art prize, and has served on award and assessment panels for organisations and funding bodies including the Australia Council, Create NSW, the National Portrait Gallery and Bundanon Trust. He was Facilitator of the 2013 National Dance Forum, and sat on the Dance Board of the Australia Council from 2009-2011. In the visual arts he has been Guest Curator of NEW12 (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) and Primavera 09 (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia). Previously Jeff has held roles at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and John Curtin Gallery (Perth), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). As a writer, he has contributed texts to numerous publications, exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects.
Performance Space is a hub for experimental and interdisciplinary performance practice across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Performance Space runs a year-round program of residencies and creative development (nationally and internationally) and presents the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Taking place at Carriageworks, Liveworks brings together the best of experimental practice from across the Asia Pacific as well as an in-depth program of conversations, workshops and a national and international delegates program.