Originally from Adelaide, Coralie has spent the last six years in Christchurch after only intending to stay six months. Since completing her studies in 2007 she has embedded herself in the creative arts of this city in a broad capacity. For the past five years, Coralie has performed in Christchurch and around New Zealand with Free Theatre Christchurch, an experimental, physical theatre company. She has managed the University of Canterbury’s public gallery, SOFA; worked for various festivals and events; and most recently was employed at the Arts Centre as Public Programmes Coordinator, where her main charge was raising the profile and visibility of the long-standing Artist in Residence Programme and Lunchtime Concert Series.
Made redundant after the September 4 quake, Coralie teamed up with others to create Gap Filler, an initiative that aims to temporarily activate vacant sites created as a result of the earthquakes in Christchurch, with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. Gap Filler is currently a predominantly volunteer initiative involving members of the community that vary from project to project. Coralie is currently very busy as the director of Gap Filler, which has realised five projects to date encompassing a broad range of creative arts from live music to outdoor cinema, art installations, poetry, contemporary dance, puppet theatre, circus and more.
At TEDxEQChCh, Coralie will speak about ideas behind Gap Filler, past projects, lessons learned and the benefits of thinking creatively about temporary use of space.