Art Speak

METRO ON THE MOVE

The announcement last week of the news of Metro’s future felt monumental.  To me. To the Metro Board and staff. And I suspect to many who heard or have since read the news.  Change is challenging to say the least, but I know we can’t see what’s over the hill if we...

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CAN THEATRE MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER?

I have exhausted one third of my probable life expectancy. So says a website that offers death predictions based on health and demographic data. I found this estimate a couple of years ago and recorded milestones in my calendar so that I would know exactly how I was...

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OPEN LETTER TO EMERGING ARTISTS

When I read Aaron Dora’s blogpost (Art Speak #7) about pathways for emerging artists, I felt the urge to express my support for his positive approach. Jo Thomas suggested I might like to expand this into an open letter, so here I am! My original message:Hi Aaron, I...

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IN CONVERSATION (LIKE A CASUAL CHAT)

Mel: Oi, I’m sick of people thinking this show is just two obnoxious women being like “OOOOO REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE SLUTS, MEN ARE TRASH.”Lia: Anything but… (That’s what I say to my boyfriend, zing)Mel:  Yeah, I always think about when our dear friend Aleea said to us,...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICAL PATHWAYS FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

So I’ve been asked to get up on my soap box and write a little spiel about pathways for emerging artists in Brisbane. How do you find your way into an industry that seems so hard to crack? As an emerging director and producer, I feel there doesn’t seem to be any clear...

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SISYPHUS COULD BE SMILING

Imagining Futurity in Aishla Manning’s Soft Blow 2018 The leaf blower, through its own efforts, only meets dull thuds. All it can do is blow, or not blow. Do, or not do. These are its only choices. When not blowing it dangles limply, in isolation, bungee cord and...

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I ONLY BECAME AN ARTIST SO THAT I WOULD BE CRITICISED

Attendance figures dictate our livelihood and means of production. We rely on the numbers gleaned from door counts, ticket sales and surveys and are held hostage by the ebb and flow of patrons through the thresholds of our galleries. Sadly, the echo chamber that...

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FEMALE LEADERS UNITE!

Brisbane Arts organisations came together to empower future female leaders at the 2017 Matilda Awards.Elise Greig, Chair of the awards, writes for Art Speak about the new award added for 2018 Emerging Female Leader and why it matters. When Penny asked me to write a...

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#METOO AND MORE

Metro Arts artist and performer Brian Lucas discusses the ongoing potency of art, empowerment and despair in the age of celebrity sex scandals in the first of our regular series of blog posts ART SPEAK. When we first began the process of transforming Oscar Wilde’s “De...

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Year in reflection

In January this year when I launched the 2017 Metro Arts program I said the following: “I’ve thought a lot about our 2017 program – the works we’re creating and presenting and the artists we’re collaborating with….  They are a reflection of the...

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