Event :: Fair Play Symposium 2019

We would like to acknowledge that we are meeting today on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, to pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging, and to honour their long lineage of creative practice.

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Feb 26 2019 To Feb 27 2019

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Structural bias is literally, everywhere. It can be difficult to feel like you have any agency when you can’t see yourself reflected in the world around you.

Working in the creative sector, and as producers of culture, representation and voice are the tools we wield to create worlds. So how can the arts be genuinely inclusive and reflective of Australian society? How do questions of intersectionality work in practice? How have others effected change? 

The Fair Play symposium will platform the knowledges, leading practices and lived experiences of First Nations, Disability, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse creative practitioners. From the critical to the tactical, this symposium will focus on tangible ways to improve equity and inclusive practice in the Victorian creative industries.

Join local and international thought-leaders as they share perspectives and discuss pathways to creativity, participation and engagement.

Presented by Diversity Arts Australia and The Wheeler Centre, the Fair Play Symposium will take place on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Wheeler Centre.

The Fair Play Symposium marks the commencement of the Fair Play capacity building and training project, which is generously supported by Creative Victoria. The project is a partnership with Koorie Heritage Trust Inc, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, British Council, Arts Front, Feral Arts, Screen Australia and Regional Arts Victoria.

This event will be Auslan interpreted and live captioned. Wheelchair accessible and hearing loop.  

For more speakers and details, visit http://diversityarts.org.au/event/fair-play-symposium/

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Header image artwork by Loribelle Spirovski.

The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Day 1 - Tuesday 26th

Tuesday 26 February 9:00am - 09:40am
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Janet Galpin, representing N’arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation (10 min)

Lena Nahlous, Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia (10 min)

Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries (10 min)

Eleanor Jackson (MC), poet and Chair, Peril (10 min)

Tuesday 26 February 9:40am - 10:25am
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Genevieve Grieves, artist, curator, Head, First Peoples Dept, Museums Victoria

Keynote (30 min) followed by Q&A facilitated by Eleanor Jackson (15 min).

Tuesday 26 February 10:25am - 10:40am
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Led by MC Eleanor Jackson, this activity will encourage you to reflect on your goals for the two-day symposium:

- Why are you here? What do you want to get from this experience?

- What is your organisation/sector already doing well? What needs to change?

- Share your thoughts on Twitter (#FairPlayCreative) or in the Discussions section https://v2.artsfront.com/event...with your neighbour or on a Post-it note provided by staff

- Meet the Citizen Journalists who will be documenting the symposium

Tuesday 26 February 10:40am - 11:00am
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

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Tuesday 26 February 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Eugenia Flynn (Participating chair), writer, arts worker, community organiser

Fiona Tuomy, Artistic Director, The Other Film Festival

Tania Cañas, Arts Director, RISE Refugee

Jason Tamiru, Associate Producer, Malthouse Theatre

“Nothing about us without us.” It’s a vital concept for First Nations, People With Disabilities, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. We don’t often see ourselves reflected in media and the arts, and the representations we do see can be warped, condescending, or downright offensive. What are some ways we can take back the narrative and tell our stories ourselves? By examining everything from funding structures to cultural protocols, this panel will explore how self-determination is practised in the creative sector in Australia.

Panel (45 min) followed by Q&A (15 min) facilitated by chair.

Tuesday 26 February 12:00pm - 01:00pm
The Wheeler Centre

Lunch boxes supplied by The Moat.

Tuesday 26 February 1:00pm - 01:45pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Deborah Williams, Executive Director, Creative Diversity Network (UK)

What are some practical ways to improve diversity on screen and stage? What can we learn from current and past initiatives, and what challenges lie ahead? Deborah Williams will share her insight and experiences from developing diversity standards, monitoring systems and online resources widely used across the UK by broadcasters like BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Keynote (30 min) followed by Q&A facilitated by Caroline Bowditch, Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria (15 min).

Tuesday 26 February 1:45pm - 02:00pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

MC check-in and activity that gets people moving

Tuesday 26 February 2:00pm - 03:00pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Veronica Pardo (Participating chair), CEO, Multicultural Arts Victoria

Tony Briggs, actor, director, producer and writer (The Sapphires)

Sophie Black, Head of Publishing, the Wheeler Centre

Leah Jing McIntosh, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Liminal

Kath Duncan, researcher, producer, and Co-founder of Quippings Deaf and disabled queer performance troupe

Bali Padda, Industry Development Executive, Screen Australia

Bringing the conversation back home, what's the status quo in Australia for equity and inclusion across the creative sector? Discussions on the need for change can often meet with defensiveness or discomfort, empty platitudes, or superficial action that does little to shift underlying power structures. What do we need from allies? What actions and interventions are already taking place? And what actually works?

Panel (45 min) followed by Q&A (15 min) facilitated by chair.

Tuesday 26 February 3:00pm - 03:15pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

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Tuesday 26 February 3:15pm - 03:45pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Dr Paula Abood, writer, CCD practitioner, creative producer and educator

Aseel Tayah, artist and activist

Why are we still talking about diversity? How many words have been spoken and written about the political imperatives of racial equity, cultural rights and inclusion? Aseel Tayah and Dr Paula Abood reflect on their experiences in this space through a performative paper that tells a 30 year story.

Tuesday 26 February 3:45pm - 04:15pm
The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space

Reflections from our Writer-in-Residence and Citizen Journalists. (15 min)

MC will ask participants to check-in with their intentions, invite self-reflection and to take note of any take-aways or actions inspired by the day. (15 min)

Tuesday 26 February 4:15pm - 04:30pm
The Wheeler Centre

Take this time to get some air outside of the Performance Space as the Wheeler Centre staff prepare the space for the debrief sessions.

Tuesday 26 February 4:30pm - 05:30pm
The Wheeler Centre (various spaces)

Closed debrief sessions for CALD, First Nations, and People with Disability. Open debrief session that anyone can attend. Sign-up required.

Tuesday 26 February 6:00pm - 08:00pm
The Moat

Speakers and participants are invited to The Moat to continue conversations and make connections.

Day 2 - Wednesday 27th

Wednesday 27 February 9:00am - 09:30am
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

MC Eleanor Jackson to facilitate goal-setting/review (10 min)

Performance by Neil Morris, DRMNGNOW and RRR

Music/spoken word performance (10-15 min) followed by 5 minute interview by Eleanor Jackson. Neil is also Aboriginal Development Officer at the Victorian Music Office.

Wednesday 27 February 9:30am - 10:45am
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Jeremy Smith (Participating chair), Director of Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Australia Council for the Arts

Professor James Arvanitakis, Chair, Diversity Arts and Pro Vice-Chancellor, WSU

Michael Williams, Director, the Wheeler Centre

Jane Crawley, Director, Arts Investment, Creative Victoria

Jodie Sizer, Co-CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting and Board Member of Collingwood FC

Katrina Sedgwick, CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Paola Balla, artist, curator, educator and Indigenous Advisory Group, FCAC

Let’s talk leadership. What’s happening at the top? What will it take to diversify leadership in creative industries and why does that matter so much? This session looks at the current leadership composition of creative industries and cultural institutions, and tangible pathways for change.

Panel (45 min) followed by Q&A (30 min) facilitated by chair.

Wednesday 27 February 10:45am - 11:15am
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

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Wednesday 27 February 11:15am - 11:45am
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Rob Hyatt, Education Manager, Koorie Heritage Trust

The Koorie Heritage Trust delivers training to organisations on building Aboriginal cultural competency. Programs are designed to introduce participants to the history, culture, and identity of Victorian Aboriginal people, fostering an understanding of contemporary communities through awareness of the past. A key component is understanding the diversity of Aboriginal Australia and the complexities of Aboriginality and identity historically and today. This presentation and exercise is a snapshot of Aboriginality and identity that will ask participants to engage with their identity and perspective.

(30 min including audience exercise)

Wednesday 27 February 11:45am - 12:15pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Caroline Bowditch, Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria

In 2014, Caroline Bowditch premiered a show titled “Falling in love with Frida.” With both disabled and non-disabled performers, and sign language interpretation embedded at its centre, the award-winning and critically acclaimed dance theatre work was shown 93 times to sold out audiences across the UK and internationally.

In her keynote presentation, Caroline will address why it was important to make this show, how it was represented in the media in Australia compared to overseas, why it is important to reclaim Frida Kahlo as a disabled artist, and making work that doesn’t focus on accepted mainstream conventions.

(30 min, no Q&A)

Wednesday 27 February 12:15pm - 01:15pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

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Wednesday 27 February 1:15pm - 02:30pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Deborah Williams (Participating chair), Executive Director, Creative Diversity Network (UK)

Candy Bowers, producer and co-artistic director of Black Honey Company (AUS)

Jacob Boehme, multidisciplinary theatremaker and choreographer (AUS)

Mikala Tai, curator and Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (AUS)

Abdul Shayek, Theatre Director and Artistic Director of FIO (Wales)

Natalie Ibu, Artistic Director and CEO, tiata fahodzi (UK)

Adelaide Bannerman, freelance project manager and curator (UK)

INTERSECT is a British Council and Diversity Arts Australia led initiative that includes a knowledge exchange and peer support program for arts leaders in the UK and Australia who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or from a culturally and linguistically diverse or minority ethnic background.

The 2018 INTERSECT participants will discuss how international exchange has shaped their practice and philosophy. What are the implications of a “cultural exchange” between a colonial centre and its former settler colony, established through the dispossession of First Nations people? How do we engage with these dilemmas, and what can we learn from each other?

Panel (45 min) followed by Q&A (30 min) facilitated by chair.

Wednesday 27 February 2:30pm - 02:45pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

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Wednesday 27 February 2:45pm - 03:45pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Eugenia Flynn (Participating chair), writer, arts worker, community organiser

Dominic Golding, Disability and Community Arts officer of Rise Refugee

Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo queer visual and performing artist

Azizeh Astaneh, artist and President of Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers

Jax Jacki Brown, activist and Publishability Project Officer, Writers Victoria

Australian arts organisations and funding bodies typically treat First Nations, CALD and People with Disabilities as mutually exclusive groups defined by under-representation or disadvantage. What's left out of that picture? How might we think about these issues differently? And what would that look like for arts organisations in practical terms?

Panel (45 min) followed by Q&A (15 min) facilitated by chair.

Wednesday 27 February 3:45pm - 04:15pm
The Wheeler Centre - performance space

Citizen journalists report back (10 min)

MC invites participants to check-in with their goals and notes any actions or takeaways. Also encourage participants to complete online feedback. (15 min)

Lena Nahlous will give closing acknowledgements (5 min)

Wednesday 27 February 4:15pm - 04:30pm
The Wheeler Centre

Take this time to get some air outside of the Performance Space as the Wheeler Centre staff prepare the space for the debrief sessions.

Wednesday 27 February 4:30pm - 05:30pm
The Wheeler Centre (various spaces)

There will be spaces available for closed debrief sessions for CALD, First Nations, and People with Disability as well as an open debrief session that anyone can attend. Please sign-up for debriefs early in the day so we can allocate space accordingly.

Wednesday 27 February 6:00pm - 08:00pm
The Moat

Speakers and participants are invited to The Moat to continue conversations and make connections.

Registrations (96)

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The Fair Play project, funded by Creative Victoria, is an equity and inclusion capacity building program for organisations that receive multi-year funding through Creative Victoria.

A chance for to share your thoughts and ideas as the Fair Play conversations unfold! Feel free to reply, like or add your own topics!  

  • Making inclusion a priority when you aren't the leader of your organisation
    by FeralArts, Wednesday 27 February 9:35am

    There has been a lot of discussion in the 'Take it From the Top' panel about strategic and leadership level actions. What can you do if you aren't in leadership roles and your organisation isn't active in this area?

    Comments (0)
  • What do we want and need from allies?
    by FeralArts, Tuesday 26 February 1:18pm

    Veronica Pardo asked the 'State of play - equity and inclusive practice in Australia' panel, 'What do we want and need from allies?'

    Comments (0)
  • What is a best practice example of self-determination?
    by FeralArts, Tuesday 26 February 10:46am

    Eugenia Flynn asked the speakers on the 'Towards creative self-determination' panel, 'What is a best practice example of self-determination?' Do you have any examples?

    Comments (0)
  • Should the arts adopt a human rights frame?
    by FeralArts, Tuesday 26 February 9:21am

    Arts Front adopts a rights-based approach to visioning the future of arts and culture in Australia to 2030. Does a rights-based approach resonate with others?

    Comments (5)
    • Melissa Robertson Wed 27th Feb, 11:12am
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights does say in Article 27
      1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
      2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
      https://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf
    • Melissa Robertson Wed 27th Feb, 11:30am
      How does "soft power" play contribute to this discussion?
    • Elliott Bledsoe Wed 27th Feb, 12:44pm
      Thanks for joining the conversation Melissa. Could you clarify what you mean by 'soft power'? Are you meaning non-coercive value and behavioural influence?
    • Melissa Robertson Wed 27th Feb, 3:50pm
      I am still unpacking what I think it means, in context of my arts practice. It terms of international foreign relationships and influence. And then where does the art fit within that or is it just a tool and never the focus. Still looking for case studies to be inspired by
  • What might a new governance structure for nonprofits look like?
    by Elliott Bledsoe, Tuesday 26 February 9:10am

    Expanding on Genevieve Grieves' comments about the inappropriateness of nonprofit governance structures. I have examined the mode rules in each state and territory and have flagged that they are antiquated, unnecessarily hierarchical and almost impossible to change in a responsive and flexible way. And this is compounded by the fact that (almost) every nonprofit just adopts the model rules 'as is' with no critical reflection on those rules and what they mean. But what might a new governance structure for nonprofits look like?

    Comments (1)
    • Melissa Robertson Wed 27th Feb, 3:51pm
      This was a conversation at ArtsLands and many since. People are really looking for a new structure that reflects the way we work and the communities we work within. I call it the Telstra Effect - no matter how "alternative" you go (ie. social enterprise), it all seems to end up back to Incorporation Act.
  • How do you acknowledge that the sovereignty of this land was never ceded?
    by FeralArts, Tuesday 26 February 9:00am

    Genevieve Grieves' keynote address eloquently identified systemic issues of inequality for First Peoples and diverse communities. As a starting point, 'How do you acknowledge that the sovereignty of this land was never ceded?'

    Comments (1)
    • Margaret Mayhew Fri 1st Mar, 2:21pm
      At the very least pay the rent! Donate a proportion of funding or profits or donations to First Nations group. And secondly - structure events and projects with listening to and including First Nations at the centre - just as if you were holding an event in someone's home. which we are.
  • How do we ensure that diverse voices are given equal access to the page and the stage?
    by FeralArts, Tuesday 26 February 8:43am

    Victorian Minister Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries Martin Foley said, 'We need to ensure that diverse voices are given equal access to the page and the stage.' How can you or your organisation make that happen?

    Comments (0)
  • Where we're at
    by FeralArts, Monday 25 February 9:26pm
    26th February, 2019

    Why are you here? What do you want to get from this experience?

    - What is your organisation/sector already doing well? What needs to change?

    Comments (1)
    • Melissa Robertson Wed 27th Feb, 4:21pm
      Being based in a regional setting, surrounded by remote communities amongst a diverse community with over 70 cultures actively lived, I am interested in the intersection of arts, culture and creativity. I am also interested in how people can close their economic gap with the opportunities for micro-businesses in this sector. Hoping to be inspired and learn of case studies and opportunities else where. So fantastic to be able to hook-in from this far and feel like I'm in the front row. Thank you