Adrian Symes is a filmmaker, visual artist and educator. He has worked in urban, regional and remote areas, collaborating with people of all ages to tell their stories through films. He has also worked with people with disabilities in the Bathurst region to create theatre and visual arts.
Adrian has worked in video artist-in-residence positions including in Yirrkala School in Arnhem Land, Bali, Ashfield, as well as projects for Metro Screen in Broken Hill and Campbelltown and has co-produced 4 seasons of community television programs for TVS.
As well as creating his own films and visual art with many group and solo exhibitions, Adrian has worked with remote and indigenous communities, assisting young people to develop skills in producing their own media. Through Arts Out West, he has facilitated and recorded important projects in Orange, Forbes, Wellington, Mudgee and Condobolin, including “Shoot the West”.
Working with organisations like Centacare, Barnardos, Greening Australia, the NSW Education Department and rural councils, Adrian has delivered video production and training to a wide variety of clients, helping to create films of high artistic content.
He has facilitated many community projects, including an Arts and Alzheimer’s project at Bathurst Regional gallery in 2012 and was an artistic director of Sweet Dreams, a regional disability project in 2013, encompassing Bathurst, Orange and Lithgow. As well as teaching at Bathurst and Lithgow TAFE, he has recently been a tutor in video production at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
In late 2014 he won first prize in Penrith Regional Gallery’s “Winter Light” video Festival, which has led to an artist in residence position at the gallery in December and January 2015.