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Changemakers #1: Information

Mapping Sustainability in the Visual Arts

20 – 21 April 2018

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
Conveners: Dr. Rachel Marsden & Patricia Piccinini

Changemakers #1 is the first of an on-going series of annual events investigating and responding to issues in the arts industry.

In a world bringing daily change in society, politics and culture, the next generation of artists, curators and arts professionals need to think about new ways to build sustainable careers. Through generating dialogue and momentum around issues in the arts industry, we hope to identify new approaches and professional opportunities in the arts in both Australian and international contexts.

Cultural innovation is needed to rethink the interaction between individual and collaborative practice, organisations and educational institutions, government funding bodies and the private sector, and participation in international marketplaces.

Across the two day event, students and professionals will address questions on artistic practice, cultural policy and future developments in the arts. Day One is open to students and the public. Day Two is a workshop for VCA (Honours and MCA) and Masters in Arts Curatorship/Arts and Cultural Management students from the University of Melbourne only.

Changemakers #1 presents six key speakers who are leaders in their field to discuss their circumstances and future vision for the arts, including:

  • Patricia Piccinini – Artist & Enterprise Professor, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
  • Alexie Glass-Kantor – Curator & Executive Director, Artspace
  • Corbett Lyon – Collector & Architect, Lyon Housemuseum
  • Esther Anatolitis – Executive Director, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • Caroline Chernov – Chair, VCA Access
  • Anita Archer – Director, Pegasos5

Key questions include:

  • What do artists need to know and do to thrive and survive?
  • What do we need to change in cultural policies to create a positive future for the arts?
  • How do the speakers see arts and culture developing in the next decade?
  • What actions can we take now to see our vision realised?


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Symposium Schedule


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