14 episodes

The latest Census statistics paint a picture of Australia that many of us already see on our streets - almost half of Australia's population are first or second-generation migrants. But we don't see this diversity when we go to the theatre, or visit an art gallery, or even when we watch TV at home. So what does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible? In this original podcast series by Diversity Arts Australia, we'll ask this question of some of Australia's leading culturally diverse artists and arts workers. We'll look at what's working and explore ways to increase diversity so our arts and screens look like the real Australia.

The Colour Cycle Diversity Arts Australia

    • Performing Arts

The latest Census statistics paint a picture of Australia that many of us already see on our streets - almost half of Australia's population are first or second-generation migrants. But we don't see this diversity when we go to the theatre, or visit an art gallery, or even when we watch TV at home. So what does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible? In this original podcast series by Diversity Arts Australia, we'll ask this question of some of Australia's leading culturally diverse artists and arts workers. We'll look at what's working and explore ways to increase diversity so our arts and screens look like the real Australia.

    Deborah Williams

    Deborah Williams

    Performer and theatre maker Deborah Williams doesn't always fit the institutional definitions of diversity. There were categories for Disabled Artists, which were mostly White or categories for Black Artists, that were not for Disabled people. But there were no spaces to be both a Black and a Disabled Artist. When Deborah decided to take a job at the Arts Council England, it became clear to her that the sector didn't understand diversity meant. So she set about making change, introducing groundbreaking programs that have gained international recognition. Deborah approaches diversity as an agenda - rather than an issue or problem.

    • 41 min
    Towards creative sector Self-Determination

    Towards creative sector Self-Determination

    Has representation become a buzzword? Another requirement for organisations and institutions to comply with? For many organisations, the representation box is often ticked when "People of Colour", "First Nations" people and "People With Disability" are 'invited into' the conversation for a particular moment.

    But how can we create real systemic change and work towards a sector where artists and creatives who are not from the mainstream are both represented and self-determined?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Genevieve Grieves

    Genevieve Grieves

    First People's First, how do cultural organisations, institutions and arts practitioners put this principle into practice in ways that move beyond tokenism? This is one of the critical issues unpacked in depth by Genevieve Grieves. Genevieve is a Worimi woman from southeast Australia based in Naarm, sometimes known as Melbourne. She's an award-winning artist, curator and the Manager, Transformation Strategies in the First Peoples Department at Museums Victoria. This is her keynote address from the Fair Play Symposium, two days of talks and performances put on by Diversity Arts Australia at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

    • 43 min
    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

    Coming soon Season 2 of The Colour Cycle - a special Fair Play season recorded live at Diversity Arts' two-day symposium at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

    We want to make sure that the conversations that we have inside closed rooms are shared far and wide. It's a season packed with important ideas, strategies and insights from leading thinkers in the arts. People like First Nations trail blaizers Genevieve Grieves and Tony Briggs, international guests like Deborah Williams from the UK's Creative Diversity Network, Disability leader and artist Caroline Bowditch, and Aseel Tayah, Paula Abood and many more. If you're committed to equity in the creative sectors, then you don't want to miss this.

    • 2 min
    The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples

    The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples

    This ancient continent has been populated by diverse groups of people and artists from over 500 language groups and nations. We recognise that diversity didn't start with Australia's European colonisations and the migrants who came after. But too often Australia's indigenous artists are relegated into one box to tick. In this episode, we talk to two important indigenous artists, Lily Shearer and Colin Kinchella about what we can learn from the diversity of Australia's first peoples.

    • 57 min
    Bonus EP -

    Bonus EP -

    We often talk about the need for quotas to compel arts organisations to include more diversity in their programming. When Create NSW's Screen division introduced a 50 50 quota for gender - they significantly increased the participation of female directors, writers and producers within a very short period of time. So could quotas work to create a more culturally diverse arts sector? This was a hot topic at the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium in 2017 with an animated panel discussion that we recorded live and nicknamed "Where are the teeth?".

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

Spinksc ,

Excellent

This podcast is doing such a great job of advocating for a better reflection of Australia in our media. Love your work!

The Jackles ,

Finally!

Great energy, right on the zeitgeist. Finally a good insightful commentary and a strengths-based approach to diversity representation.

Arts Front ,

Arts Front

A timely and insightful series of national converations on diversity and inclusion - well worth a listen!

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