As part of the Mycelium project, Southern Forest Arts will present 12 zoom forums between march and June 2021.
Discussions will explore a range of topics nominated through project scoping surveys and other inquiry processes. Each session will include a presentation by a guest facilitator followed by a generous Q & A session/general discussion.
Eight topics have already been finalised, with facilitators nominated. Dates and times are currently being confirmed.
Working titles are provided as a guidelines, including:
- ‘Wellness champions’ – self care for artists and arts workers by Scotia Monkovitch (Creative Recovery Network) TBC
- ‘Collaboration – the pitfalls and pleasures’ – by Annette Carmichael (freelance choreographer and CACD practitioner)
- ‘Arts engaging with government’ – by Margaret Seares
- ‘Exploring models for sustainable arts organisations’ – by Julian Canny (Business Development -Euphorium)
- ‘Exchanging resources, skills and ideas’ – by David Bowman-Bright (North Midlands Project) TBC
- ‘Exploring professional pathways for regional visual artists in the current gallery context’ – by Ted Snell (Honorary Professor, School of Arts & Humanities, Edith Cowan University) and Joanne Baitz (Director, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery)
- ‘Art Improves Lives – Increasing community perception of the value of the arts’ – looking at social impact of the arts and advocacy – by Shelagh Magadza (Chamber of Arts and Culture) TBC and Jody Quadrio (Euphorium Creative)
- ‘Skin in the Game – Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives working together ‘ – by Chad Creighton (AACHWA) and Ron Bradfield.
Suggestions for the remaining four sessions include:
- Sector innovation, developing new ways of working
- How do regional artists gain exposure for their work outside of their region? (beyond social media)
- How do regional artists gain access to professional development opportunities to grow and sustain their practice?
- Educating the next generation – Connecting regional based arts teachers together when the education system doesn’t support an exchange or advocacy network
It is anticipated that sessions will be held fortnightly and for an hour in length. We will explore options for smaller breakout rooms to hold deeper conversations in a more intimate context.
If you have ideas you’d like to put forward, about a facilitator or a topic please contact us.