Faculty of Education and Arts

Bryce Ives

Position: Director of Arts Academy and Gippsland Centre of Art and Design (GCAD)
Location: Arts Academy, Camp Street Campus
Phone: 5327 8380
Email: b.ives@federation.edu.au


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation, 2010, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
  • Masters in Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership, (in progress), National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)


Bryce Ives is the Director of the Gippsland Centre of Art and Design and the Arts Academy Ballarat.

Federation University Australia is renowned for its studio-based undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts, graphic and communication design, acting and music theatre. The Arts Academy in Ballarat is central to the Ballarat creative precinct, housing two theatres and the Post Office Gallery. The Gippsland Centre for Arts and Design (GCAD), located at the Gippsland Campus, houses the Switchback Gallery. A vibrant community engagement program includes the biennial national Guirguis Prize for new media art.

Bryce Ives’ creative practice sits at the intersection of education, art-making, place-making, and change-making. Bryce is most interested in creating extraordinary impact, through surprising modes of collaboration and engagement.

Sought after as a theatre maker, facilitator, broadcaster, and writer, the breadth of Ives’ work is interdisciplinary. Across his career he has established a range of projects with celebrated outcomes in contemporary Australian performing arts practice, youth development, agricultural leadership, social entrepreneurship, rural and regional renewal, diversity representation within the media, and digital innovation in the light of a disruptive media ecology.

With a history in governance, executive and leadership roles across leading arts, media, youth, and not-for-profit organisations, Bryce Ives is a trusted consultant and advisor in prominent public institutions.

Community development practice and change

The advocacy and change-making work of Bryce Ives, particularly working creatively with young people, has an established legacy that celebrates the ability, the potential, and the aspirations of young Australians.

Ives successfully led the strategic development of Australia’s leading youth participation projects, including SYN Youth Media (2003 to 2007 as General Manager) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Heywire Regional Youth program (from 2007 to 2010 as Executive Producer, and from 2007 to 2017 as Chief Facilitator of the Heywire Regional Youth Summit.)

Ives has developed creative solutions to problems in settings as diverse as suburban street corners, remote country towns, boardrooms, isolated Indigenous communities, town centres, university campuses, virtual networks, planning forums, and national summits.

Working with diverse organisations and in unusual settings has underpinned this unique collaborative style of work, including working with the British Broadcasting Corporation in Tanzania, Goolarri Media in Broome, the Foundation for Young Australians, VicHealth, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, the Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute, the Victorian College of the Arts, the City of Ballarat, the City of Maribyrnong, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Community Media Training Organisation, and the Journalism School of Melbourne University.

Artistic practice

Taking risks, being rigorous, and championing new ideas are the values that underpin Ives’ personal artistic practice. As an artistic director, theatre maker, director, writer, creative producer, and composer, Bryce Ives has contributed a unique body of works to contemporary Australian arts practice. His creative practice is praised for its depth, agility, energy, and innovation.

As Artistic Director of leading contemporary performance group – the Present Tense ensemble – Ives has a longstanding artistic collaboration with Nathan Gilkes. Together they have created a distinct and recognised body of performance work, training incursions, and workshops. Present Tense has produced celebrated work with some of Australia’s most significant arts organisations including Arts House, the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Festival, the Castlemaine State Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Arena Theatre, big hART, Theatre Works, and Rawcus Theatre, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe, including international workshops at Operadagen Rotterdam, the Music Theatre Now Festival and at the Directors Lab Chicago.

The distinguished pedigree of Present Tense legitimately belongs to totalising modern music theatre: crosshatching the sonic nature of speech and the human voice, infusing multimedia elements, and re-inscribing the composer in theatre‐making processes.

Media and storytelling career

Ives’ media career includes serving as Editor-in-Chief, producer, broadcaster, trainer and board member. For over a decade Ives has worked with key ABC programs in radio and television, and has been a trusted consultant and advisor in the ABC Regional Division.

Bryce is a previous Chairman of SYN Youth Media and the National Youth Media Network, a current board member of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, and former board member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and Express Media.


  • Present Tense
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation Heywire Program
  • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation – Horizon Program
  • Rawcus Ensemble
  • big hART
  • Music Theatre Now Rotterdam
  • Directors Lab Chicago
  • Community Broadcasting Foundation
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
  • Express Media
  • Student Youth Network
  • National Youth Media Network