“We see it as our responsibility to support emerging artists to develop their own pathways towards sustainable arts careers, and this symposium will create connections, establish dialogue and raise awareness of the issues impacting female artists.” Amber Smith, Curator of Platform Youth Arts (formerly Courthouse Youth Arts). “This Geelong Female Arts Symposium will be the first of its kind in Victoria.” This attracted many amazing artists but organisers would love for the general public to come along to be part of it.

Female Arts

On Friday March 13, Platform Youth Arts and Deakin University will co-present ‘Energetical’, a one-day symposium that focuses on the value, labour, experience and intergenerational knowledge of women artists and arts workers living or working regionally in Victoria.

This hybrid symposium, conference, exhibition and workshop program will include over twenty esteemed arts leaders from regional centres delving into topics around diverse and inclusive programming, legacy art projects, navigating contemporary arts practice as well as the geographical divide between practitioners, organisations and audiences in regional areas.

In a series of panel sessions, arts professionals will share guidance and insight on closing the gap in terms of getting paid, opportunities and economic security for female practitioners.

The symposium has attracted an impressive list of speakers, including: Kaz Paton (Churchill Fellow); Lesley Harding (Heide Museum of Modern Art); Lisa Sullivan (Geelong Gallery); Jo Grant (Regional Arts Victoria); Dr. Anne Wilson (Deakin University); Lyndel Quick (BLINK Dance Theatre). Check out the link to see the full line-up and program.

‘Energetical’ opens with a free networking event and exhibition on Thursday March 12 at Deakin University Prime Ministerial Library Gallery, Deakin Waterfront.

The symposium takes place on Friday March 13 at Platform Arts, situated in Geelong’s Arts Precinct. ‘Energetical’ will close with an exhibition of Frances Cannon’s work in Platform’s Main Gallery. Tickets and further information: https://platformarts.org.au/whats-on

Info & Photo supplied: Blink Dance Co photo, taken by Rebecca Hosking