Catching the eye of Government: Getting your arts group noticed
Date: 6pm to 8pm, Monday 25 March 2019
Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
Please note this event will commence promptly at 6pm
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Election winds are blowing
With two big elections in the wind, how can your arts group get noticed and backed by a new government, whatever its stripe? You know you've got a great program, a great project. So, who do you lobby? How do you lobby? Should you lobby?
Come along for a conversation led by writer & performer, Kate McDowell, with two people who'll know the answers, current Shadow Minister for the Arts and former Arts Minister Tony Burke, and Kerri Glasscock, Festival Director and CEO of the Sydney Fringe, and founder of the now legendary underground performance space 505 in Surry Hills, and 505 Theatre in Newtown. Kerri also advises the City of Sydney on building the night-time economy.
If Labor wins the next federal election, it's possible the former federal Arts Minister, Tony Burke, could return to his old job. Since 2013, among a raft of shadow portfolios, he holds the pivotal role of Leader of Opposition Business and perhaps, more importantly, is Shadow Minister for the Arts.
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear - and question - these leaders in arts and policy.
Tony Burke is the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Australia & Citizenship; Shadow Minister for Environment & Water; Shadow Minister for Arts and Manager of Opposition Business in the 45th Australian Parliament.
Tony's portfolios reflect his lifelong commitments; to modern multicultual Australia, to the environment, and to the arts. In Government Tony Burke was responsible for resolving 100 years of conflict in the Murray-Darling Basin, placing Tasmania's forests on the World Heritage list, implementing the comprehensive Creative Australia arts and culture policy, and making the second largest conservation decision in the history of the planet by protecting our oceans.
He has lead the fight against racial hate speech with the iconic Walk for Respect in the heart of his community in Lakemba.
Kerri Glasscock is the founding co-director of artist run company 505 which rose to fame operating a underground performance space in Surry Hills. Thirteen years on, 505 now own and operate the legendary live music club Venue 505 in Surry Hills, and award-winning Old 505 Theatre in Newtown.
Beyond the walls of 505, Kerri Glasscock has worked in various roles in the Sydney arts scene as a performer, director and theatre practitioner. In 2013 she was appointed the festival director/CEO of Sydney Fringe Festival with a tenure til 2019. A vocal advocate for the independent arts sector, she has contributed to a number of key action plans and resulting policy reforms including the Lord Mayor of Sydney Live Music and Performance Task Force, a joint live music task force that was part of Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils.
In 2016 she directed the conception and launch of the Off Broadway Precinct for the Inner West Council and in 2015 managed a joint pilot between Sydney Fringe and the City of Sydney, examining the process for pop-up performance spaces in empty retail shops. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the City Recital Hall Sydney and was included in the Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Magazine's annual 100 Most Influential and Inspiring People List in 2011.
Kate McDowell is a writer & performer based in regional northern NSW, trained in dance, puppetry and performance and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Writing for Performance from NIDA.
Kate creates lyrical, visceral and allegorical works that are born out of personal experience and unify set, sound design, story and movement, with a focus on theatre as ritual and the gravitas of a shared lived experience. Kate is Associate Artist at NORPA, and Associate Director for Sprung! Integrated Dance Theatre, whose work has been an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance.
With Sprung! in 2019, Kate is leading a year-long research project focused on training persons with 'intellectual impairment' in physical comedy, and devising new works. This began with a two-week lab with Italian clown master teacher Giovanni Fusetti in January, with ongoing mentorship from him. Kate will document the work to complete her MFA at NIDA.
In 2018 the premiere of Kate's full-length site-based solo work Wonderbabes was presented by NORPA and the Lismore Quad. She was also a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust with which she undertook research into experimental dance practices and choreography at Ponderosa Movement and Discovery Research Centre, Stolzenhagen. Kate is a participant in the 2018-20 Situate Art in Festivals residency with Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart.
In 2016 and 2017 Kate Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival, part of This is Not Art Festival (TiNA), Newcastle.
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