Event :: Systems Change and the Arts

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Systems Change and the Arts

What is the role of artists in changing our systems? This is a series for artists and arts workers to explore big ideas, how they relate to conditions in our sector, with provocations and opportunities to start imagining what change might look like.

Nov 04 2020 To Dec 02 2020

Join the zoom for Session 4 - Where to from Here? 

What is the role of artists in changing our systems? This is a series for artists and arts workers to explore big ideas, how they relate to conditions in our sector, with provocations to start imagining what change might look like. How does this relate to other forces of change in our culture and the world?

The purpose of the series is to generate ideas and action. Each session frames a brainstorm for participants.

Hosted by Pippa Bailey & Görkem Acaroğlu with guests and participants, exploring topics such as respect for First Nations culture, the forces of the market, the ecological emergency and what we do next?

First Nations leading systems change with Tyson Yunkaporta and Pauline Lampton

A brief History of Neoliberalism with Jessica Whyte

Climate Action Now with Deborah Hart and Dr Kim Loo

Where to from here? - The final session will reflect on all the ideas gathered and set a path for next steps.

Wednesdays, 1.00pm-2.30pm

FINAL SESSION: Thursday 26 November, 10.00am-11.30am

The overall purpose of this series is to:

Unpack some of the structures and systems that impact the arts in Australia to start planning for a different future.

Practice the art of collective dreaming and make plans for different futures, exploring what systemic change might mean for our sector.

Identify and commit to creative action to start making plans for change, aware that the arts rehearse new futures and help create an environment for wider social change.

We assume:

(With Arts Front) First Nations first, Artists at the centre & Artist Led, local action & global connection.

We are invested in the problems that are oppressing people in our society and believe these are also constraining the arts.

Pippa and Görkem are from the performing arts. We are aware of the limitations of our knowledge and experience. This series is an opportunity to share and learn. 

Change is challenging.

If the dream of change seems/feels impossible, you are likely to be at the edge of the system that you know and understand. Go further.

This is exploratory and focused on learning. We are not experts, the territory is emergent and imperfect. It’s designed to generate conversations, ideas and action.

·Having ideas is easy, executing them well and walking the talk is a lifetime of practice.

We hope this exploration will help create better art and a better context for making art.


Uluru Statement from the Heart https://ulurustatement.org/

Assembly for the Future https://bleedonline.net/progra...

Artist led Economy https://artsfront.com/event/42...

The Impossible Project https://theimpossibleproject.c...

Donut Economics https://www.kateraworth.com/do...

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Thursday 26th November

Thursday 26 November 10:00am - 11:30am AEDT


10am-11.30am Thursday, 26th November

Following the sessions exploring Systems Change and Indigenous thinking, economic justice and ecological emergency, this session reflects on the ideas that have emerged and asks where to from here?

Wednesday 18th November

Wednesday 18 November 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT

One of the biggest indicators of the need for systems change is the climate and ecological emergency. Many artists are addressing this in their work and yet in Australia the arts sector has been slow to respond.

Wednesday 11th November

Wednesday 11 November 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT

What role has neoliberalism played in our current systems and how has that impacted the arts? This session will explore this history of the Morals of the Market with academic Jessica Whyte, followed by a brainstorming session about what we might do next?

Wednesday 4th November

Wednesday 4 November 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Who better understands the need and how to of systems change than First Nations people? This first session in the series respects that Australia's First People and cultural practices are central to the changes needed.

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