Joanna Gould is an arts manager who is currently based in Brooklyn working with Going Down Swinging in development. She has been working in the creative community in Australia for the last ten years and has a double major in History and Fine Art with a Masters of Art Curatorship. She has held roles as Curatorial Assistant for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Festival Director of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and was the previous General Manager of Going Down Swinging.
Elizaveta first joined Going Down Swinging in 2016 as a feisty young Special Projects Manager. She looked after the creative team as the Operations Manager during 2018 until May 2019. She is now delivering the final chapter of her international, cross-disciplinary project Return Flight with GDS. She is a practising artist and regularly exhibits in Melbourne and abroad. She was born in Moscow, has lived in the south of England and Scotland, and always has her hand on her passports.
Operations Manager and Editor
Magenta is an editor, arts manager, writer and comics enthusiast. She has the pleasure of daylighting as the Administration & Operations Coordinator at Next Wave. She runs creative writing workshops all over Melbourne, has also edited fiction for Voiceworks and won the Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing prize in 2017.
Renata is a fiction writer, editor and lapsed zine-maker. She was the recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award and has posted her zines to all corners of the earth. She is currently attempting to read everything on her bookshelf while she completes her master’s degree.
Online Editor, News and Features
Georgia studied philosophy and literature before setting her sights on the lucrative field of publishing. Most recently she completed her masters in creative writing, exploring fairy tale adaptations as a means to express identity. She dabbles in writing, editing and drawing, and spends her time trying to adopt other people’s cats.
Online Editor, Features and Community
Hollen is the features and community editor at Going Down Swinging and moonlights at Meanjin. They write fiction, mostly.
Darcy Rock is an emerging writer, zinester and guitarist. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at RMIT. She writes non-fiction and lyrics about mental illness, sexuality, loss and the music industry. When she’s not gigging around Melbourne in her alt-rock band Tina Growls she’s watching re-runs of Seinfeld and drinking turmeric lattes.
Viv Mah is a Melbourne-based writer, editor, and occasional theatremaker. She’s read for international literary agents, assessed plays for short festivals, and had her writing published in Express Media, the Canberra Times and Pidgeonholes. When she’s not studying for her masters of writing and publishing, you can catch her shopping for zines. She has a 50/50 win rate with fights.
Gabrielle is the newest addition to GDS. She has come on board as an intern to contribute her passion and flair for this year’s series of live events. Gabrielle recently completed a Bachelor of Environments (Landscape Architecture), but is now slightly side-stepping from design to pursue a career in arts and events management. Outside of GDS, Gabrielle is a performer and theatre-maker. She loves anything that involves standing up on a stage and pouring art into the world.
Harry is a Melbourne based cartoonist who has made comics for Above Water, Voiceworks and Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier.