Engaging Across Borders: the arts and international collaborations
Date: Monday 25 September
Where: Australia Council for the Arts, 372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW.
Admission: Free for SAMAG members; non-members $20, students $10
In our undeniably globalised environment, how can we ensure we engage across borders? And what role do the arts play in the international conversation about living in our times? Hear from a diverse panel of speakers who will discuss the impact of key international arts projects.
They will unpack vital issues from identifying strategic international partners and developing productive relationships to the challenges of working at a distance and ensuring arts projects have relevance to artists and audiences from different places and communities.
Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, will discuss Artspace’s upcoming project 52 artists 52 Actions that invites a different artist from Asia or Australia each week of 2018 to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action in their local community.
Whilst Alison Richardson and Audrey O’Connor from Ruckus – a disability led contemporary performance ensemble - will reflect upon a transformative creative exchange program with Epic Arts in Cambodia that resulted in the performance production Speed of Life.
And John Cheeseman, Director of Mosman Art Gallery, will present the Bayanihan Philippines project that brought together 5 cultural institutions to explore contemporary artistic practice from the Philippines and reflect upon the strong cultural ties between Australia and the Philippines.
John Cheeseman, Director, Mosman Art Gallery
Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace Sydney
Audrey O’Connor, Co-founding Member, Ruckus
Alison Richardson, Director and Co-collaborator, Ruckus
Moderator: Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Coordinator, Parramatta Artists Studios
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Audrey O'Connor is a co-founding member of RUCKUS and was dancer for many years with The Special Olympics dance group and The Merry Makers. Audrey first hit the screens as an actor where she played the lead role in the short film Yolk (2007) which featured in over 7 national and international film festivals including The Berlin International Film Festival. She was a member of Bus Stop Films for several years and was Co- Director of Photography on their award winning short film The Interviewer and a performer in Bus Stop’s other award winning short
Heartbreak & Beauty.
In 2011 Audrey was the selected by the NSW government to be the face of their state campaign Don’t DISMyABILITY and she currently works at Roadshow Films.
Alison Richardson is a co-collaborator and director with RUCKUS since it’s inception in 2011. Alison has worked extensively as a theatre director and tutor for community theatre companies, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Shopfront Theatre, PACT Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People. Due to Alison’s interest and passion for working with people with disability in 2007 she established sliced bread attraction which created creative opportunities for people with disability in all art forms. In 2008 she produced Bakehouse, a week long inclusive arts event held at Carriageworks in Sydney that consisted of workshops, forums, film nights and satellite events. From 2007 to 2010 Alison was the Creative Programs Coordinator for Western Sydney for NSW peak arts and disability organisation, Accessible Arts and during this time she established the hip hop group, First Flight Crew. Alison has also worked as a Community producer & tutor for Milkcrate Theatre, Australia’s only theatre company dedicated to working with the homeless and disadvantaged.
In 2007 Alison was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Young Leaders Award for her commitment to community arts and in 2012 was a finalist in Improving Social Participation for people with disability at the National Disability Awards. Alison sought and garnered her own funding to create the position of Creative Director of Beyond the Square at Riverside Theatres a position of which she held for four years. It was during this time she established RUCKUS. Alison has most recently been awarded a prestigious 2015 Churchill Fellowship which will enable her to research disability led theatre practice and inclusive training programs in UK arts and disability companies and organisations.
John Cheeseman is the Director of Mosman Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), President of the Regional and Public Galleries of New South Wales (RPGNSW) and Committee Member for AVICOM (the international committee for new media and technology in museums). He was previously the Director of Blacktown Arts Centre (Sydney, Australia) and in former positions has been a cultural planner, cultural development officer, curator and practicing artist. John maintains a strong interest in supporting interpretive projects, cross-artform practices, social engagement and new technologies and is currently pursuing a range of projects focussed on East Asia and international exchange.
Alexie Glass-Kantor is Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, supporting the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. Since 1999 she has curated or co-curated over one hundred exhibitions across independent spaces, collecting institutions, biennials and festivals, collaborating with international artists across generations to develop projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. Prior to her appointment to Artspace she was Director–Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and worked in Curatorial at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Glass-Kantor is the Chair of the Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia and on the Academic Board of the National Art School. She is curator of the Encounters sector for Art Basel | Hong Kong 2015-2017.
Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Moderator) has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years across directorial, curatorial and exhibition management roles. Currently the Coordinator, Parramatta Artists Studios and previously the Acting Director and Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre, Sophia has comprehensive experience in Western Sydney’s contemporary arts sector.