Lock Out Laws, the Arts and Cultural Impact
Date: 27 August 2018
Where: Australia Council for the Arts
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Admission:Free for SAMAG Members
Non-members $20, students $10 via Eventbrite
Join SAMAG in discussion with key policy and political stakeholders about the effect of the lock out laws on the arts and the impact of the arts on local communities.
Far from being a settled topic, the Sydney Lock Out Laws have remained in place despite heated opposition from many in the night economy.
Where does the arts sector fit in and are there opportunities to be had in this new cultural norm?
This seminar will also turn a lens in on the arts sector to consider the impact of gentrification across Sydney and ask if this is another kind of lock out?
The Hon. John Graham, MLC, Convenor: Labor loves Live Music
Emilya Colliver: founder and director of Art Pharmacy Online Gallery and member of the City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel
Andrew Levins: (DJ Levins): Levins is a DJ, chef, writer and Dad, founder of Halfway Crooks and has also been heavily involved in the Keep Sydney Open movement.
Paschal Dantes Berry: Program Coordinator, Blacktown Arts Centre
Chair: Clara Edwards: Lawyer, Arts Law Centre of Australia and SAMAG Committee member
Andrew Levins (known to all as Levins) is a DJ, chef, writer and Dad. He is behind the monthly 90s party The Rhythm of the Night and helped found Halfway Crooks. He has also worked with outreach collective Heaps Decent and has also been heavily involved in the Keep Sydney Open movement.
Emilya Colliver is the founder and director of Art Pharmacy Online Gallery. An influential member of Australia’s creative community, she has been heavily involved in the art world for over 18 years. In everything she does - from strategic place making to grassroots projects such as pop-up galleries - Emilya is driven by her passion for supporting Australian art and creative practitioners.Before launching Art Pharmacy Online Gallery, Emilya studied Art History in London, where she worked for some of the top art institutions in the world - including Lisson Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, The British Museum, Eskenazi - as well as managing the collection of James Birch Esq.
Emilya’s projects have included creating and managing activations for Fringe Festival (2014), launching The Other Art Fair in Australia (2015), speaking at the Global Cities After Dark Conference (2017), acting as a long term MCA Young Ambassadors Committee Member (2013-present), co-founding the Place Academy collaboration (2018) and being appointed to the City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel (2018).
Clara Edwards, Facilitator is a lawyer working in the arts sector. She is currently a Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and particularly works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists through Arts Law's award winning Artists in the Black program. She has a background in public law and has worked in both private practice and government, including most recently as an in house lawyer with the Australia Council for which she won the Lawyers Weekly "30 Under 30" Award in the Corporate Counsel category. She is studying for her Master of Administrative Law and Policy at the University of Sydney and in 2016 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin University. In addition to her professional and academic life, Clara is a playwright and dancer. She wrote and directed a play for Sydney Fringe with Hilary Bell as dramaturg and also teaches dance classes at Dance Central in Sydney.
The Hon. John Edward Graham, MLC is an Australian politician. He was assistant general secretary of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party until October 2016, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy on the council resulting from the resignation of Sophie Cotsisto contest the Canterbury state by-election.John Graham is one of the founders of the party's advocacy group 'Labor Loves Live Music' .
Paschal Daantos Berry is performance maker, writer and dramaturg whose practice is focused on interdisciplinary, cross cultural and collaborative processes. He has worked for Urban Theatre Projects (UTP), Radio National (ABC), Griffin Theatre, the Australian Choreographic Centre and Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble, Belvoir Asian Theatre Festival, Performance Space, Blacktown Arts Centre, ATYP, Canberra Youth Theatre and NORPA. In 2000, he was the Australian playwright at Royal Court Theatre's International Residency. He won the inaugural Belvoir Asian Australian Young Playwright's Award in 1996. He wrote the critically acclaimed The Folding Wife, a co-production between UTP, Anino Shadowplay Collective and Blacktown Arts Centre; which received a national Mobile States Tour through Performing Lines in 2010. He with Deborah Pollard created Within and Without, presented by Performance Space in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre in 2011. His 10 year partnership with Manila-based company Anino Shadowplay Collective has yielded multiple projects including a current work Arkipelago: Intimacy for Pesta Boneka Biennale in Jogjakarta in December 2014. Paschal was an inaugural member of Australia Council’s Youth Panel. He is currently the Performance Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre.