SAMAG's 2 December Seminar: Arts Leading in Bleak Times
Date: Friday 2 December 2016
Where: Catapult Dance Studio
880 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Admission: Free RSVP here
Speakers: Gina Fairley (Chair) Visual Arts, National Editor, ArtsHub
Jess Duncan, Program Manager, Beyond Empathy Moree
Gemma Parsons, Program Manager Beyond Empathy Illawarra
Cadi McCarthy, Director, Catapult Dance in Newcastle
Amy Hardingham, Co-Artistic Director, Tantrum Youth Arts, Newcastle.
SAMAG, in partnership with Octopod and The Business Centre will present a conversation about building the capacity of our creative community and working together in an increasingly turbulent and uncertain environment for artists and arts organisations. Our speakers will discuss:
· career advancement – and the ceiling that is placed on opportunity when organisations face constant turmoil from threats to funding
· how to manage morale – and lack thereof
· how to build resilience
· finding optimism
· resourcefulness and how to look outside the mainstream funding square
· how arts leaders could benefit from stepping outside silos and gaining strength through collaborating and group mentoring
· the value of an experienced mentor who has trodden the traps before you
· conventional and unconventional training opportunities to build leadership and career advancement opportunities
· activism – how best to protest about funding cuts. Does kicking and screaming pay off in the end?
Drinks and Networking: This event will be followed with a chance to let your hair down and make some of those connections you’ve been meaning to make all year! Join us for drinks (by donation) RSVP Here
This event is presented by Octapod and The Business Centre in partnership with the SAMAG as part of the Smart Arts program in Newcastle. Smart Arts is a partnership between Octapod and The Business Centre that supports the creative industries in Newcastle and the Hunter region. The program provides business and professional skills development as well as networking and collaboration opportunities for the Hunter region’s emerging and established artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionals, managers and leaders.
Gemma has worked as a project coordinator for arts organisation Beyond Empathy(BE) for the past 10 years. Working in the Illawarra with co-worker and filmmaker Phillip Crawford on a number of long-term arts projects aimed at creating opportunities for change for people living with hardship. Most of Gemma’s CACD work has been youth focused, but in the last couple of years has branched into working with children under 12yrs and their families and people of all-abilities, who do not use verbal language in their communications with the world.
Using film as their primary art form and storytelling tool, Gemma and Phillip have produced a number of award-winning films with young people in the Illawarra, including the musical short “2506” in 2010 and the feature length drama “Rites Of Passage” in 2013. Gemma has also worked as a filmmaker for BE on the 3Moree Project and The Maven Project in Armidale.
Gina Fairley is the National visual arts editor for the online industry source ArtsHub. Starting out in the regional gallery sector, she worked as a gallery administrator and freelance curator across the United States, Asia and Australia including Director Operations for the San Francisco Haines Gallery and Exhibition Coordinator for the Biennale of Sydney. She also co-ran the window space SLOT in Redfern for a decade connecting the streets of Southeast Asia and Sydney.
For the last decade she has written for art magazines, including positions of Regional Contributing Editor Asian Art News, World Sculpture News and Art Asia Pacific. She has written over 50 catalogue essays, and today enjoys the pace and energy of writing online.
Jess Duncan is a proud Gomeroi woman who comes from Moree, NSW and is relatively new to the Arts industry. Jess has been working as the Moree Project Coordinator for Beyond Empathy (BE), an arts organisation, for over 18 months. Jess is heavily involved in her local community and is very passionate about making a difference for her people and community. Jess has spent the past 18 months managing the 3Moree Project which culminated this year in the success of the Festival of the Brolga. Jessica’s work with Beyond Empathy sees her manager a widespread number of projects and workshops within her local community which have reached audiences from ages 2 to 80. Jess sees this as a wonderful means through which she can bring about inclusion, equality and break the cycle of transgenerational trauma.
Amy Hardingham is a theatre director and producer who has collaborated extensively with artists, young people and communities to create a wide range of devised and site-specific works, particularly through her previous roles as Artistic Director of Outback Theatre for Young People from 2004-2008, and Regional Manager at Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) from 2008-2009. Amy has a BA in Performance Studies from Sydney Uni and a Grad Dip in Arts Management from UTS, and in 2008 was a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson award in acknowledgment of her leadership in the arts and community cultural development.
Cadi McCarthy (Founder & Director Catapult dance, Choreographer, Mentor) is actively engaged in dance as a professional dancer, choreographer, educator and director. Cadi holds a Masters in Education, Diploma of Education (Secondary) and (Further Education & Training), and a BA Dance.
In 2014, Cadi founded Catapult dance in Newcastle. Since founding Catapult, the organisation has received support from the Australia Council for the Arts (2015) for the Propel Professional Collaborative Choreographic Residencies, artsNSW (2015) for the Flipside Project, the City of Newcastle (2015-2016) Economic Development Sponsorship, and Catapult is an Associate Organisation of Ausdance NSW. In 2014 Cadi was the recipient of artsACT and artsNSW funding to develop a new professional dance theatre work: That Place In Between. In 2015 she remounted the professional work Behind the Veneer in Perth, for Buzz Dance Theatre.
Between 2009 – 2013, Cadi was the Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre, WA. With the company she created 9 full-length works for a variety of age groups including Look the Other Way which received a 2014 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance, Restless, Fragile, Goodbye Jamie Boyd (collaboration with Monkey Baa Theatre Company) and Stop! don’t Blink.
The community programs she established with the company include the largest Artist in Residence Grant (AIR) in Australia, collaboration with Southern Edge Arts Albany, the Big Stretch program that was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Community/ Regional Dance at the WA Dance Awards and the 2010 Arts and Aboriginal Health Award, the community partnership program with the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and Aranmore College, and collaborations with the Michael Leslie Foundation (Pilbara). She has also been the education consultant for the Queensland Ballet Company and the Western Australian Ballet.
Previous to this position, Cadi danced with Paige Gordon and Performance Group (1996 – 1998) and with Buzz Dance Theatre (1998–2002). She created the independent company Cadi McCarthy & Company in the ACT in 2002, where she created 6 full length works including Awkward, Shambles and Grappling for the Edge.With the company she was the recipient of the 2004 & 2006 Canberra Critics Circle Awards.
As the recipient of a 2007 Churchill Fellowship, Cadi spent time working with dance companies in Denmark, UK, Germany, USA, and Canada. In the same year she was awarded a residency at Chez Bushwick in New York. In 2009 Cadi travelled to Taiwan as the Australian Delegate of the World Dance Alliance, International Youth Choreographic Project.
Cadi has been engaged with the education sector delivering dance programs, workshops and residencies across all age groups: primary, secondary & tertiary. She is a specialist in creating and implementing dance programs for students at risk and with special needs. She has been active in the delivery of professional development workshops for teachers and critically engaged in arts curriculum writing in the ACT and WA. Cadi was a Key Practical and Written Examiner for the WACE Yr 11/12 Curriculum 2009 – 2014. She has also taken on the role of Key Writer, Peer Appraiser, and Final Checker of the WACE curriculum. Cadi was also an independent panellist on the WACE K – 6, Dance curriculum, and advisor for the Yr 7 – 10 Dance curriculum. She was a key writer of the ACT BSSS Yr 11/12 Dance curriculum review in 2008, and a panellist for the Every Chance to Learn dance curriculum in the ACT. She has also choreographed on youth dance companies: QL2 (Canberra) and Steps (Perth), was the Dance Director of the ACT Education Departments: Showpod Showcase, and the Director of the Ausdance Dance Festival (Canberra) for 3 years.