Geelong female arts symposium to be the first of its kind in Victoria

Posted 4 March 2020

Geelong female arts symposium to be the first of its kind in Victoria

Introducing: Energetical. Platform Youth Arts and Deakin University will be co-presenting a one-day symposium focusing on the value, labour, experience and intergenerational knowledge of women artists and arts workers living or working regionally in Victoria.

This hybrid symposium, exhibition and workshop program will be the first of its kind in Victoria, with over twenty esteemed arts leaders from regional centres delving into topics around diverse and inclusive programming, legacy art projects, navigating contemporary arts practice as well as the geographical divide between practitioners, organisations and audiences in regional areas. In a series of panel sessions, arts professionals will share guidance and insight on closing the gap in terms of remuneration, opportunities and economic security for female practitioners.

The symposium has attracted an impressive list of speakers, including: Dr Rebecca Coates (Shepparton Art Museum); Jessica Bridgfoot (Bendigo Art Gallery); Lesley Harding (Heide Museum of Modern Art); Louise Tegart (Art Gallery of Ballarat); Lisa Sullivan (Geelong Gallery); Jo Grant (Regional Arts Victoria); Jude Anderson (Punctum Inc.); Kaz Paton (Churchill Fellow); Dr. Megan Evans (Wyndham Art Gallery); Dr. Anne Wilson (Deakin University); Michelle Mantsio (Artist, Academic); Helen Bodycomb (Artist); Anindita Banerjee (Artist); Brigit Heller (Artist); Lyndel Quick (BLINK Dance Theatre); Frances Cannon (Artist); Yasmin Mobayad (Writer); Dr Elvis Richardson / CoUNTess (Artist); Sarah Walker (Artist); Jane Bartier (Artist); Amber Smith (Artist)

Energetical opens with a free networking event and exhibition on Thursday March 12 at Deakin University Prime Ministerial Library Gallery, Deakin Waterfront. The symposium takes place on Friday March 13 at Platform Arts, situated in Geelong’s Arts Precinct. Energetical will close with an exhibition of Frances Cannon’s work in Platform’s Main Gallery.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Deakin University and facilitate a major event for arts practitioners and leaders from across our region to share knowledge, discuss, debate, network and forge connections. “The Australian arts landscape is rapidly changing, and at the same time, there is increasing regional participation in the Arts. Geelong has developed several programs under the Creativity Drives Culture extension of their Clever and Creative Future initiative, including Geelong’s designation as Australia’s first and only UNESCO City of Design, formally launched in May 2018. With the expectation of industry growth, our arts centres are at a critical time to assess the conditions of female regional artists and the factors influencing the value placed on their labour.” – QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO ILANA RUSSELL (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, PLATFORM YOUTH ARTS)

“We see it as our responsibility to support emerging artists to develop their own pathways towards sustainable arts careers, and this symposium will create connections, establish dialogue and raise awareness of the issues impacting female artists.” – QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO AMBER SMITH (CURATOR, PLATFORM YOUTH ARTS)

Tickets available via the Platform website and Eventbrite.

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Image courtesy: Sourced Platform Arts, Walk The Line by Blink Dance Theatre. Photo by Rebecca Hoskings.

Friday 13th March 

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