A panel-discussion project with a focus on the arts and creative industries, from Wollongong City Council. This series focuses on the arts and creative industries and aims to help you upskill, form strategic partnerships and collaborate The Creative Dialogues series was originally designed as in-person panel events - but a pandemic shutdown led us to reinvent the series, with artist and producer Tom Hogan.
Logo image designed by Angie Cass.
Produced by Tom Hogan, Annie Clapton, and Jennine Primmer, as part of Cultural Development at Wollongong City Council
Inclusive Arts - Access & Advocacy
Tom gathers some experts to discuss progressing and innovating in the arts space, and to learn for himself: Advancing the rights of, and opportunities for, people with disability and/or who are Deaf, to develop and sustain professional careers in the arts and have equitable access to arts and culture across NSW. The panel includes Sofya Gollan (CreateNSW, and Filmmaker), Mathew Hall (CEO of Arts Access Australia), and Christian & Ethan from Merrigong Theatre's Strangeways Ensemble. The group discuss tested and new ways to "enable artists, art workers and audiences with disability and/or who are Deaf, to have full, inclusive access to the arts while celebrating positive stories through some inspirational initiatives and partnerships".
|| Click here to view the transcribed video of the ZOOM discussion, with an AUSLAN interpreter (or visit https://youtu.be/wNeIE5WCUnU )
Writing For Work
Tom takes a step back for a conversation that veers into a discussion about representation and diversity in the writing, editing, and publishing industry - featuring a powerhouse of guests, including Kirli Saunders, Alice Grundy, Jessie Tu, and Emily Stewart. ||
Visit the Creative Dialogues page on the Wollongong City Council website for a list of books mentioned in this podcast, and recommended by the guests.
Book recommendations from panellists:
Jessie Tu recommends:
Revenge - S.L Lim, The Astonishing Colour of After - Emily X.R Pan,
Cleanness - Garth Greenwell, Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 - Cho Nam-Joo, Hot Little Hands Abigail Ulman ||
Alice Grundy recommends:
The Swan Book - Alexis Wright, Living on Stolen Land - Ambelin Kwaymullina, Blakwork - Alison Whittaker, Dhuuluu-Yala: To Talk Straight - Anita Heiss, Tracking Our Country in Settler Literature - Jeanine Leane ||
Kirli Saunders recommends:
The White Girl - Tony Birch, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World - Tyson Yunkaporta,The Yield - Tara June Winch,Throat - Ellen van Neerven, Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today (UQP) - Edited by Alison Whittaker, Guwayu, for All Times: A Collection of First Nations Poems - Edited by Jeanine Leane,
Aunty Kerry Reed, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Bruce Pascoe's works ||
Emily Stewart recommends:
Minor Detail - Adania Shibli (trans. Elisabeth Jaquette), The Cherry Picker's Daughter Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert,
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome
Women and Queer Radicals - Saidiya Hartman
The Music Entrepreneur
Tom doesn't often describe himself, but thanks to his guests this week, he's about to describe himself as a Music Entrepreneur. Our panellists this episode include Creative Entrepreneur Jessie Lloyd, superstar Bec Sandridge, and MusicNSW's Managing Director Emily Collins, who all have to deal with working within, around, and beyond the music industry. ||
Check out Jessie Lloyd's Mission Songs Project here: https://missionsongsproject.com/ || Bec Sandridge's website for all her news is available at www.becsandridge.com, and listen to/buy her album TRY + SAVE ME on all platforms. || For all the workshops and materials related to MusicNSW, visit the website at www.musicnsw.com.
Getting It Out There - Visual Arts
All artists want to create work that has meaning and value... but what's the point if nobody gets to see it? This episode we're putting a focus on Visual Art, specifically, about creating your own opportunities. Tom talks to Simon Grant (co-founder of Verb Syndicate, and the Wonderwalls Street Art Festival) as well as artist, curator and educator Madeleine Preston (director at Home@735 Gallery, Surry Hills. You can also visit her website at madeleinepreston.com.au, and you can follow her on Instagram here), to get the low down across the visual arts sector, and what artists should get their head around for a fulfilling career.
As a subplot, Tom retains the reversed theme song, because it, quote, "slaps".
Getting It Out There - Performing Arts
Tom focuses on practical advice for performing arts creators by chatting to Tamara Campbell (Laughter House Entertainment) and Antonia Seymour (ArtsOnTour), and reversing the theme song. Rather than anything wishy washy, we talk about setting achievable goals, establishing relationships with people and companies, and planning ahead.
For more info on Tamara & Laughter House, visit their website (https://www.laughterhouseentertainment.com/) or follow them on Facebook.
For more information on ArtsOnTour, visit their website at https://artsontour.com.au/
The State of Dance
Not discouraged by some technical mishaps, Tom wants to figure out the current pathways to become a dancer in NSW, and understand the national complexities under COVID-19 shutdown. A dream team of dance professionals - Emma Saunders, Shaun Parker, Amrita Hepi, and Michelle Forte - are all here to talk about how to adapt to modern circumstances, both professionally and creatively, and what the broader goal is for dance. ||
Watch Emma Saunders' Beach Flash Mob in Austinmer, and documentation from her most recent large scale work for Sydney Festival 2020 The Encounter (with more info here).
Check out the trailer to Amrita Hepi's work A Call To Dance, and keep up to date with her next works on her website.
Shaun Parker discusses the work currently dominating TikTok and you should follow them, but also visit the Shaun Parker & Company website for upcoming shows.
Michelle Forte's Austinmer Dance Theatre regularly keeps their Facebook page updated for new works and callouts, and visit the company website for more information. || Music, hosting, and editing by Tom Hogan.