Arts vi­sion launched

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A provoca­tive es­say about the fu­ture of re­gional arts in Aus­tralia will be launched at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre next Tues­day.

Pro­lific Aus­tralian opera and theatre direc­tor Lindy Hume will speak to the cur­rent Aus­tralian re­gional arts land­scape and the op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect through an in­te­grated na­tional arts land­scape.

“FedUni is deeply com­mit­ted to ig­nit­ing greater creative arts and cul­tural lead­er­ship across Gipp­s­land. We’re pleased to be part of this timely con­ver­sa­tion as we form new in­vig­o­rat­ing pro­grams for the re­gion,” said Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Aus­tralia Gipp­s­land Cen­tre of Art and De­sign and Bal­larat Arts Acad­emy direc­tor Bryce Ives. “Free to the gen­eral pub­lic, this open con­ver­sa­tion will cre­ate dy­namic ex­change be­tween FedUni staff, stu­dents, and mem­bers of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The event will also pro­vide the space for the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre and Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Aus­tralia to con­sider how each or­gan­i­sa­tion can work more closely to­gether, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on of­fer­ing new pro­grams and op­por­tu­ni­ties in creative arts.

“Gipp­s­land has a wealth of cul­tural ac­tiv­ity and prac­tice which de­serves ex­plor­ing and pro­mot­ing. Be­ing ‘re­gional’, how­ever, it too of­ten goes un­no­ticed and un-noted. We are thrilled to be able to host this im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tion at West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre, to in­spire a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the pos­si­bil­i­ties for re­gional arts,” said Baw Baw Shire arts and cul­ture man­ager Rob Rob­son.

In her Currency House Plat­form Pa­per, “Restless Giant: Chang­ing Cul­tural Val­ues in Re­gional Aus­tralia”, Lindy Hume pas­sion­ately ar­tic­u­lates the case for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and greater flow be­tween artists and arts or­gan­i­sa­tions in metropoli­tan and re­gional cen­tres.

The metro-cen­tric view of artists based in re­gional Aus­tralia as “poor cousins” is, she sug­gests, badly mis­taken and a lost op­por­tu­nity. Lindy Hume charts this time as an en­er­gis­ing “mo­ment of emer­gence” for re­gional arts in Aus­tralia.

The pub­lic dis­cus­sion will be held from 6.30pm to 8pm. For free book­ings, email box.of­ or call 5624 2456.

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