With a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Graphic Design, Honours) from the University of South Australia, Garth has produced work for clients ranging from lawyers, state government departments and local councils through to music festivals, commercial television, publications and fashion. He also donates his time to projects including Urban Seed and Hosier Hoodies, both of which offer support services to Melbourne's homeless.
Garth is currently employed in the Communication and Media Services unit of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victas (UCA).
Reporting to the Communications Director, this role is an expansive, largely self-directed one, covering a diverse range of tasks and disciplines including but not limited to social media, online video production, journalism, proofing and editing, photography, content planning and art direction.
A concise example of the various disciplines detailed above can be found in our online reporting on the church's sesquiannual conference, known as Synod. This Storify link details our live reporting across a variety of media, including use of a Crowd Compass app and video streaming of major events over the weekend.
Recent professional successes have included establishing the digital edition of Crosslight, the UCA’s monthly newspaper, which has a circulation of 21,500 (and an estimated readership of 40,000 plus) across Victoria and Tasmania, and establishing the unit's first unique service offering microsite.
In addition to this, Garth's written contributions to Crosslight include news journalism, opinion and film, literature and art criticism.
He also designed and implemented Crosslight’s new ‘Features’ microsite, which presently showcases two pieces of his long-form journalism.
The first, ‘Altered Consciousness’, details the recent Dark Mofo event ‘Crossing’, which featured multiple Uniting Churches and was curated by the Unconscious Collective. David Patman, the project director, had the following to say: “Thanks so much Garth, a very thoughtful and generous piece indeed and beautifully presented to boot. We really appreciate your engagement with the project, and it was great to get such positive responses the participants.”
The second featured piece, ‘Unexpected Rainbow in Outback Australia’, reflects on my home town Broken Hill’s ‘Broken Heel Festival’, a celebration of the film ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’, and the community’s evolving attitude to same sex marriage.
Writing to Crosslight, Warren Talbot, National Secretary of the Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network Australia, said “It was both delightful and refreshing to read Garth Jones’ story of returning to Broken Hill and remembering Priscilla. I appreciated the link to the Uniting Church’s strong support for LGBTIQ inclusion!”
Garth produced and developed online marketing for well-known comedian Tony Martin’s acclaimed eBook ‘Scarcely Relevant’, designed, art directed and developed social campaigns (2014) for Umbrella Entertainment's theatrical, DVD and Blu-Ray releases, and edited, curated and directed all aspects of publishing and promoting his Australian illustrated fiction anthology. Garth has also executed print, online and social campaigns for the Falls Music and Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with other clients including ABC2's Tom Gleeson, The Cat Empire and renowned Australian comedian Justin Hamilton. An article from The Age online discussing the innovative web app developed for Justin's 2011 show 'Circular' can be read here.
Well versed in Creative Suite and Final Cut Studio, and with extensive experience in interface design for web and mobile devices, Garth has also developed exceptional client management and liaison skills through his freelance and business experience.
Garth has also taught secondary and tertiary design practice, worked as a mentor to young creatives, directed film clips, exhibited art in various local galleries and written on pop culture for publications including Triple J's Jmag, TimeOut Melbourne and music publication Mess & Noise.
A Mac native since 1998, Garth is also PC friendly, having kicked off his Windows career on a 286 in high school. He is also Google (Drive, Documents, Sheets etc) and general web app savvy.
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In the following piece for Crosslight, Garth Jones reflects on the galvanising evolution in acceptance and tolerance in regional Australia, and wonders what lessons our political leadership could learn from community sentiment at large. Read more.
On Wednesday, 9 November, more than 300 people packed Wesley Uniting Church for the Victorian Council of Churches’ Christian Perspectives on Treaty, Sovereignty and Constitutional Recognition forum. Read more.
Situated about two hours north-east of Melbourne, Shepparton is another regional town, like Maitland, best known for industry. Shepparton, however, has the distinction of hosting an early tour by the Australian rock band ACϟDC in 1976. Read more.
Throughout the past month, Crosslight’s Garth Jones and Tim Lam have travelled throughout Victoria meeting some of the church neighbourhoods that make up the Vic/Tas synod. From songs, to BBQs; fruit picking to political action, these rural churches encompass what it is to be a missional community. Read more.
As the United States prepares to head to one of the most divisive Presidential polls in history, author and speechwriter Don Watson returns with his second Quarterly Essay. Read more.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi’s (Eagle vs Shark) fourth feature film. A family-oriented wilderness adventure comedy, Waititi’s latest is based on the 1996 book Wild Pork and Watercress, by eccentric Kiwi bushman-cum-author Barry Crump. Read more.
Critic Adam Marshall, writing for Christianity Today, characterises AMC Television’s adaptation of cult graphic novel Preacher as being part of the presently popular vanguard of superhero entertainment. Read more.
This latest cinematic adaptation of Macbeth is South Australian director Justin Kurzel’s sophomore film, following in the grim footsteps of 2011’s Snowtown. Read more.
“We are an oligopoly community. We shouldn’t fight it.” Andrew Robb, Federal Minister for Trade, August 2013. The ethics and morality of food production, distribution and consumption are prominent topics in the news of late. Read more.
Further examples of journalism, criticism and other writing can be found at my Dropmark portfolio.