Vessel is establishing itself as a regional voice that reaches into and beyond its community. The current main focus for Vessel has been a project titled Play For Australia recently presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne. The project engaged 12 writers of diverse backgrounds to write a 600 word with the provocation Who are we? and/or who could we be? in a wrestle with our national identity. The cast also came form very diverse backgrounds and the work has resonated strongly. Importantly this project is about a vision for the future from as many voices as possible. In seeking to become part of ArtsFront, I wish to continue to work to build a vision for the nation as it is so sadly lacking at the political level and I believe it is up to artists to take the lead. I would like to add my voice to a united front by, for and with artists.