David Pledger is an award-winning contemporary artist, curator, cultural commentator, activist and thinker working within and between the performing, visual and media arts. He has made over sixty local, national and international art projects including media artworks, television documentaries, live performances, site-specific festivals, locative installations, discursive events and interactive artworks for broadcasters, theatres, galleries, arts centres, museums and public sites in the context of visual arts, performance and film festivals and programs in Australia, Asia and Europe. In 1995, he co-founded not yet it’s difficult (NYID), one of Australia’s seminal interdisciplinary arts companies.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, he was contracted to assist in the development of Gold Coast’s arts ecology through a series of masterclassses and mentorship programs as well as initiating and curating Hotelling (with Bleached Arts) and 2970° The Boiling Point (with CGC’s Arts and Culture Unit). His relationships with many Gold Coast artists and cultural operators including Kyle Slabb were borne out of this period.

Current projects include the performance event Meaninglessness on international asylum-seeker policy (with Su-san Cohn), a multi-platform climate change project The Things We Did Next (with Alex Kelly) and the video-performance project, The Ministry for Empathy. He is a consultant for Tarrawarra Museum and the philanthropic maverick, Igniting Change.

Creative partner of Bleach* Festival since 2011