Established in 1990, Mudfest is now the largest student-run festival in the southern hemisphere.
Presented every two years by the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU), Ellie and Lucy stepped into the role as Co-Artistic Directors from their elected position as Office Bearers in the Creative Arts Department.
The pair were tasked with recruiting a multi-disciplinary team of producers and programming a festival spanning visual art, performance, film, music and interdisciplinary artforms.
Much like many projects across the sector, each year the festival is propelled forward by passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals juggling various priorities – not only in their career and personal lives, but also extensive study commitments.
While such a combination may be responsible for the extraordinary work the arts industry produces, it can also be why stress or burnout can go undetected.