The Burrow Underground creates contexts for dynamic creative exchange, brings arts projects to life and communities together. Founded in 2015, it is a creative enterprise run by Pippa Bainbridge and Swiss Kalken.
Pippa is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative producer with qualifications in drama studies and arts management from WAAPA. She has previously worked for festivals and venues run by Next Wave and Artrage, and held leadership roles at iconic organisations including La Mama and Express Media. Pippa currently works part-time as a Creative Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne, and led the development and delivery of the inaugural Future Echoes festival in 2019.
Swiss has a long history in music and is known for playing bass in Melbourne bands Bodies and Shit Tatts. He has experience in recording, producing, promoting and touring in a music industry context. He has recently completed qualifications in live production at RMIT, and gained further experience as the venue manager and technician at The Burrow.
Pippa and Swiss established a space at 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in 2016. Initially known as Aeso Studio and later as The Burrow, the intimate venue presented a curated year-round program including experimental music, readings and spoken word, contemporary theatre and performance-based work, visual art, installations, screenings and more. Over that time, Pippa and Swiss hosted hundreds of events and productions, artists and ensembles, and gained a reputation as being a friendly and unpretentious space, supporting creatives and the arts loving community to come together and connect.
In response to restrictions on gathering as a result of COVID-19, the venue has closed, however under the banner of The Burrow Underground, Pippa and Swiss continue bringing communities together to share unique arts experiences in a reimagined capacity: as producers and presenters of online content, pop-up events, venues and tours, and as an independent production company.