Vi Girgis holds Bachelors of Art Theory, and Arts (in History), a Master of Arts Administration, and a Diploma of Project Management. She has worked at Liverpool City Council for six years, starting at Casual Powerhouse Arts Centre, where she produced public and education programs, and curated a number of exhibitions, including works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Opera Australia’s first exhibition of props and costumes.
As the curator/producer of Anzac Commemorations for Liverpool City Council, Vi produced a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program of events, exhibitions, publications and public works to commemorate the Anzac centenary, including the city’s first light projections. She has since produced a number of small and large-scale activation projects and events across the Liverpool CBD, working with artists, organisations, local businesses and property owners, and across council to deliver a range of art and cultural experiences.
Projects have included the first Liverpool Street Art Festival, commissioning works by leading and emerging Australian street artists, and presenting internationally-acclaimed Trolleys performance by Shaun Parker Company and Intrude installation by Amanda Parer; collaborations with Head On Photo Festival; the launch of the annual Comic Con-versation program across Sydney libraries; and commissioning temporary and permanent public artworks. Vi has also published a number of art essays and interviews, was on the board of SafARI, and was the co-curator of City of Sydney’s final Laneway art program in 2012.
Vi is currently the acting Policy and Projects officer, working on Liverpool’s first Cultural Plan, and activation programs for the newly-rejuvenated Macquarie Mall, including collaborating with Urbanscreen Productions to present content on the Mall’s screen, and advising on a range of council infrastructure, community, and economic development projects and initiatives. As a South-West Sydney resident, Vi is committed to building the cultural profile of the region. She seeks to explore and deliver best practice placemaking, cultural activation and community building which is innovative, accessible and inclusive to South-West Sydney’s diverse residents.