Zane Trow is a sonic artist, composer/performer and live artist; a post-disciplinary arts worker with extensive experience in bridging contemporary sound art, community art and live art practice.  His sound art and music is released internationally through the Room 40 Imprint and recent solo live art works have been presented in Australia, USA, Indonesia & Singapore.

Other recent work includes the devising and independent curatorial management of “Once Only” and “Exist” – international live art exchange events in 07 and 08.

Zane has also, for the last 15 years, served as Chair of Media Arts Asia Pacific (MAAP), a Brisbane based not-for-profit organisation that develops critical exhibition and research initiatives to engage the region’s major practitioners and producers. MAAP is a platform for contemporary art development, presentation and critique and operates internationally as a team of agents, researchers, artists and curators. It is still the only Australian art organisation with an Asia Pacific focus specially dedicated to Internet, interactive, digital and screen-based art practices integrating new media technology. MAAP supports a community of visual artists with Media Bank equipment loans. Since 1998, MAAP has produced 7 international media art festivals across Brisbane, Beijing and Singapore.

Formally the Creative Arts Manager at Redland City Council, Professional Development Coordinator for Access Arts Inc., Associate Professor of QUT Performance Studies, Artistic Director of the South Bank Corporation, Chairman of Youth Arts Qld, Artistic Advisor at Metro Arts Centre & CEO/Artistic Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts.

In Sydney – CEO/Artistic Director of The Performance Space.

In Melbourne – CEO/Artistic Director of the Next Wave Festival, Chairman of the Contemporary Music Events Company & CEO/Centre Director of the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

In London -Assistant Director and Musical Director of the Common Stock Theatre & co-founder of Theatre Image-in-Aire.

In Cardiff -founder member of Civilian Theatre based at Chapter Arts Centre.


  • Composer/Performer/Animateur
  • Live art, Sound art, Action art
  • Post-disciplinary project development
  • Artistic policy and artistic program development and implementation
  • International network development and arts exchange
  • Supervision of practice led research: Masters and PhD

Specialising In Not Specialising

  • Creative collaboration and socio/political/cultural action
  • Budget development, business plans, ceoing, consulting, financial reporting, governance, government: all tiers
  • People management, mentoring, negotiation, networking, performance analysis, positioning, program development, programming, funding development and maintenance, sponsorship development
  • Public relations, marketing, publicity


  • Sustainable practice – live art & community art
  • Cultural Politics – form & acquired cultural status

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