Childers Group Arts Forum Friday November 1st : Sustainable Arts Practice : Creativity and Business

22 Oct

Childers Group and Cultural Facilities Corporation Arts Forum

Friday, 1 November 2019, 3.30pm – 5.30pm : Drinks, 5.30pm-6.30pm


Theatrette @ the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), London Circuit, Civic

Cost : $15.00 Tickets at Eventbrite :

The forum will be moderated by CFC Board member Genevieve Jacobs. We will try and answer some important questions:

What does a sustainable arts practice mean/look like to our guest speaker and panelists? How does the “arts business” affect the “arts practice”?

Guest speaker: David Throsby AO is a distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, internationally recognised for his research and writing on the economics of art and culture. Professor Throsby’s research interests include the role of culture in economic development, the economic situation of individual artists, the economics of the performing arts, the creative industries, the economics of heritage and the relationship between cultural and economic policy. Some of his recent works include Making Art Work, Don’t Give Up Your Day Job, Do You Really Expect to Get Paid? (all reports for the Australia Council) and his Currency Press Platform Paper (May 2018) Art, Politics, Money: Revisiting Australia’s Cultural Policy.

Local speakers :

Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. His novel, BODIES OF MEN, was published by Hachette Australia in 2019 and has been described as ‘A thoroughly humanising depiction of Australians during World War II’ (Australian Book Review), ‘A remarkable story – action at break-neck speed and a bitter-sweet ending’ (Canberra Times), and ‘A timeless novel of love between men in wartime’ (Newtown Review of Books); the novel has been shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards. He wrote the libretto for THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT, a contemporary song cycle that had its world premiere at the Street Theatre in 2018. Nigel has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Since 2014 he has coordinated HARDCOPY, a national writers development program for the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council since inception. He lives in Goulburn.

Krystal Hurst is a Worimi Artist and Creative Director of Gillawarra Arts, originating from Taree on NSW’s mid north coast. Krystal is a jewellery designer, painter, printmaker and workshop facilitator whose art practice is centred on ‘a way of being’ whilst reinvigorating and strengthening culture. Her inspiration derives from Country, memories, stories and community integrated in an innovative and contemporary way. This year, Krystal was featured in Craft ACT’s ‘Emerging Contemporaries’ exhibition and the Aboriginal Bush Traders ‘Bush Bling’ exhibition held in Darwin; and has also been involved in the Indigenous Jewellery Project. More recently, Krystal was named a finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) 2019.

Chrissie Shaw began her performing career in Sydney in revues, children’s theatre, and folksinging in the 1960s. She later toured Australia with theatre-in-education company Pipi Storm. She moved to Canberra in 1987 where she worked for TAU Theatre, Women on a Shoestring, Jigsaw Theatre, The Street Theatre and others. She has produced, co-written, performed and toured in many independent shows including About  Face, Footprints on the Wind, A Sweeter Fern-That’s Red!, Drumming on Water, The Keeper, Flotsam and Jetsam, Gran’s Bag, Lawrie and Shirley, Pearl Verses the World and Rolling Home. Her show, Bijou – A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction premiered in 2013, and has toured ever since, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and regional NSW. Chrissie has been a musical director of several local community choirs from 1993 to the present and is a multi-theatrical award winner including 3 Canberra Critics Circle Awards. She is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Alison Plevey is a graduate of WAAPA, BA Dance (Hons), and an award-winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, education, cross-disciplinary collaboration, festivals, commissions, dance film, solo research, mentorship and arts advocacy in regional NSW and the ACT. As a solo artist and Leader of Australian Dance Party she has created several critically acclaimed works, most recently ‘From the vault’ (Dairy Rd, Sept 2019) and ‘Seamless’ (NPG, Oct 2019). Additionally, Alison is Associate Director/Performer of dance and physical theatre company, Lingua Franca, with Adam Deusien based in Bathurst NSW. Their work includes ‘Mighty’ (2019), ‘Unsustainable Behaviour’ (2016) and ‘Right Behind You’ (2012-14) as well as several community and youth projects. Alison is continually driven by her ongoing practice of dance as a powerful and universal communicator through which we might experience, question and celebrate. Largely site specific, her work aims to expand the role and visibility of dance and develop the value of the artist in this contemporary time to enable a more conscious and connected community.

Join us for networking with others at the end of the forum with drinks and nibbles (5.30pm – 6.30pm).

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