Nicholas Mills is an independent media artist and producer, with a long history of music, arts and event development based in Cairns, Far North Qld.
He is currently the producer/director of the annual On Edge Media and Performance Festival – onedgeart.com – runs the independent contemporary arts venue Arthouse,- arthouse-arthouse.tumblr.com – and curates the ongoing Mixed Grill live arts/media series.
He continues to develop a range of creative projects with a range of collaborators, as both a creative and producer, including the new cultural improvisation trio The Presentation.
As emerging post-theatre director and producer, he has produced/directed 2 very specific documentary theatre works: 2Whyte in 2010, and Cherry Tree Creek in 2012.
“2Whyte” is a dance theatre work exploring synergies and pathways of two older dance artists, indigenous dancer Raymond Blanco, and Cuban dancer Raphael Blanco. The show was realised over 2 nights at the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns in 2010 as part of the On Edge festival.
“Cherry Tree Creek” is a documentary theatre project based on an ongoing Far North Queensland murder mystery (Arnold/Leahy). The script was researched, developed and performed by Derek Tipper, and draws from inquest transcripts, and published media. First staged at Arthouse in 2011, it was remounted in 2012 for small blackbox venues, and presented at the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns as part of On Edge festival 2012.
Previously, Nicholas worked in a cultural/arts development capacity with Graft ‘n’ Arts, and Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns City Council). He developed and programmed critical performing arts opportunities through events such as Little Day Out youth arts festival (ran for 12 years), the Jazz Up North series (still running), Women In Song (still running) and experimental performance programs such as Spark & Submerge.
He has sat on numerous boards (QMusic, 4CCRFM), assessment panels (Arts Qld, Australia Council) and worked as a event producer on numerous music and cultural events (BigSound Music Conference – Associate Producer), Cape York Indigenous Rangers Conference (Event Producer).
Nicholas continues to mentor and support a range of artists, and in previous years worked in a developmental context with National music identities Dan Sultan (music artist), Endorphin (music artist) and Morgan Quinn (Island Vibes Festival) in their formative years, and indigenous bands Briscoe Sisters (feat Deline Briscoe), the Pad Boys and Zennith.