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Blak Wave – Arts Worker Roundtable

Next Wave's keynote initiative

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Opening all doors, windows and roof hatches. This lunchtime event brings together Indigenous arts workers from across the country as they explore current and new approaches to expanding the circle of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work.

Join Next Wave Associate Producer Erica McCalman in conversation with the people responsible for bringing Indigenous artists’ voices to the cultural fore: Kimberley Moulton (Bunjilaka Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum), Clotilde Bullen (Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia) and Alison Murphy-Oates (Performance Space, Sydney). How do we create new contexts for Indigenous art, incite dialgoue, aid diversity, support risk, overcome misconceptions while honouring culture? What are our responsibilities to the artist? And should we give a damn about public debate?

Join the conversation at Next Wave’s Festival Club. Open to all arts workers and artists.

Erica McCalman is a Melbourne born Associate Producer with Balardong, Irish Cornish and Scottish ancestry. Before Next Wave, Erica resided in Sydney where she worked for Performance Space (IndigeLab 2010 and 2011) Blackfella Films (Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival 2010 and 2011) Sydney Festival (I Am Eora, 2012) and the Sydney Opera House. Her hometown credits include roles with Doku Rai (You Dead Man I Don’t Believe You), Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Big Day Out and shows in Melbourne Fringe. Her passion lies with festivals, ambitious innovative works and live art. Erica is inspired by work which challenges accepted social and cultural constructs and is particularly drawn to the humorous, the hopeful and the inclusive.

Kimberley Moulton is a descendent of the Yorta-Yorta people from the James and Cooper family of north-east Victoria. Kimberley is a curator and writer and currently the Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum. Kimberley’s area of interest is Contemporary Blak Art and Museology.

Clotilde Bullen is a Wardandi woman with English/French heritage. She commenced as Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in January 2005, after previously managing a commercial art gallery. Clotilde currently sits on the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Collections Committee, and has been a board member of Yirra Yaakin Theatre and committee member with the National Indigenous Advisory Reference Group, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Wesfarmers Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Alison Murphy-Oates is a Darkinjung woman from the Central Coast of NSW with family connections to Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa, and a graduate of the BA (Design for Theatre and Television) from Charles Sturt University. In 2009 Ali was an Indigenous Trainee at the Sydney Opera House, working as a production assistant on the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival and the Luminous (Vivid) Festival, and managed Performance Space’s IndigeLab residency at the Bundanon Trust. She is currently the Indigenous Projects Officer at Performance Space, Sydney.

Blak Wave - Arts Worker Roundtable

Date: Friday 9 May 2014

Location: Festival Club - Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Time: 1 - 2 pm

Duration: 1 hr

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Notes: This is a free event, however bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

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