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Australian arts: where the bloody hell are you?


7 December 2006

Artists, arts administrators and academics working in the performing and visual arts ask the question: Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Photo: Jennifer Roseman
Artists, arts administrators and academics working in the performing and visual arts ask the question: Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Photo: Jennifer Roseman

Artists, arts administrators and academics working in the performing and visual arts will come together on Friday 8 December at a symposium hosted by the University of Sydney to ask the question, Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You?

Australian artists in many fields have achieved great individual international success. International artists regularly participate in Australian festivals or collaborate with Australian companies. Culture flows inwards and outwards. Worldwide networks in the arts proliferate at a rapid rate. But what exactly does globalisation mean for the arts?

How are we taking Australian arts to the world? Cultural imperialism, cultural diplomacy - are these terms irrelevant now? Is Australia capitalising on emerging international opportunities in the arts?

In four interactive panel sessions throughout the day high profile speakers will lead discussions that will offer practical solutions for international collaboration:

Australia's International Profile
What is the impact of globalisation on the arts? How can Australian artists benefit? What is our international profile, and is it the one we want?

International Opportunities for Australian Artists
What opportunities and resources are there for arts research, practice and exchange overseas?

Success Stories
What are the strategies for success? Artists and festival directors talk about the challenges of international collaborations and exchanges.

Does Australia need an Advocacy Council?
Goethe-Institut, British Council, Alliance Francaise − do we need one of our own? Would a cultural advocacy council strengthen Australia's position internationally, or is advocacy better done by artists themselves rather than government agencies?

Speakers have been drawn from across the arts and include:

•Alison Carroll, Director, Arts Programs, Asialink
•Jennifer Bott, former CEO, Australia Council
•Professor Mandy Thomas, former Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts, Australian Research Council
•Mary Jo Capps, General Manager, Musica Viva Australia
•Tess de Quincey, De Quincey Co
•Michael Campbell, Director, Brisbane Writers' Festival
•Paula Latos-Valier, retiring Managing Director, Biennale of Sydney
•Klaus Krischok, Director, Goethe Institut, Sydney
•Jackie Dunn, Senior Curator, ArtBank, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
•Nicholas Tsoutas, Artistic Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
•Anna Waldmann, Director of Visual Arts, Australia Council
•Jennifer McLachlan, Director of Dance, Australia Council
•Daryl Buckley, Artistic Director, Elision Ensemble

Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? will be held on Friday 8 December 2006 at the Eastern Avenue Complex, The University of Sydney.

It is presented by the Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS) in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney.


For further details contact:

Nicholas Haskins
Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS)
T: 9036 7219
E: nicholas.haskins@rihss.usyd.edu.au


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Phone: 02 9351 2261 or 0434 606 100