Join our Livestream to participate in Beyond Tick Boxes!
Thursday 29 June 2017 AEST
9.15am to 5.30pm
This one-day symposium will facilitate dialogue between artists, companies, creators, producers, organisations, and institutions through a series of Q&A-style panels, small interactive breakouts, and by showcasing provocative screen works. Beyond Tick Boxes will highlight key issues, barriers, and strategies for artists' participation in the creative sector.
The outcomes of the day will be captured in a written report and series of short films and podcasts. Since 2013, Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) has held a series of national “Gatherings” across Australia to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and barriers to diversity and inclusion in the creative sector and to identify strategies for change.
All these sessions will be live streamed.
9.15am - 9.45am
Welcome: Lena Nahlous, Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia
Magdalena Moreno (Board Member, Diversity Arts and Deputy Director International Federation of Arts Councils & Cultural Agencies (IFACCA))
Opening: The Right to Arts and Creative Diversity
Dr Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner,
Australian Human Rights Commission)
9.45am - 10.45am
What we can Learn from the Diversity of First Nations Peoples
Screening of video interview with Blak Douglas
Lily Shearer (Panel Chair; Co-Artistic Director, Moogahlin Performing Arts),
Colin Kinchela (Member, Cope Street Collective & First Nations Producer, ICE)
Ali Murphy-Oates (Company Manager, Moogahlin; Board Director, Blak Dance and Theatre Network NSW)
11.00am - 12.00pm
Are We There Yet? The State of Play: Cultural Diversity in Sydney’s Creative Sector
Screening of video interview with Aruna Gandhi
Dr Paula Abood (Panel Chair & Provocateur)
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Writer; Director, Sweatshop)
Grainne Brunsdon (Head of Strategy and Industry Development, Create NSW)
Tiffany Lee-Shoy (Manager Cultural Development, Social and Cultural Development Division, Fairfield City Council)
Lisa Walsh (Director, Research and Knowledge Management, Australia Council for the Arts)
Launch of Diverse Screens South West Sydney and Q&A with the Filmmakers
Welcome by Craig Donarski, Acting Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Emcee: Pearl Tan. Four edgy and provocative short films by Maria Tran, Ali Mousawi, Roxie Vuong and Thuy Nguyen
1.45pm - 3.15pm
One Break-out Session.
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Innovating for Change: Social Impact, Innovation and Diversity
Annette Shun-Wah (Panel Chair; Executive Producer,
Contemporary Asian Australian Performance)
Paschal Daantos Berry (Program Coordinator, Blacktown Arts Centre)
Julieanne Campbell (General Manager, Urban Theatre Projects and Co-convenor, Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby)
Gill Nicol (Director, Audience Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art)
Neil Peplow (CEO, AFTRS)
Reflections on the symposium:
Citizen journalists, Sunil Badami and Roanna Gonsalves and researcher, Jackie Bailey report back on the proceedings of the day
Acknowledgments: Lena Nahlous
5.00pm - 5.30pm
Australia Council for the Arts presents the prestigious Kirk Robson Award to Ali Kadhim for Community Arts & Cultural Development
Screening of video interview with Ali Kadhim
Award winner, Ali Kadhim (Parkour specialist, filmmaker, stunt performer and founder of Team 9Lives)
Presented by Jeremy Smith (Arts Practice Director — Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Australia Council for the Arts)
About Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS)
DARTS advocates for a creative sector that reflects the true cultural diversity of Australia. We conduct research and support artists and organisations to create and collaborate. In 2016 we rebranded from our former incarnation as Kultour, relocated from Melbourne to Western Sydney, restructured and laid down ambitious and strategic plans to create arts that looks like Australia.