Arts vision launched
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5624 2456.