So I’ve been slack, that’s pretty evident. So here is a round up of events that have happened since I’ve last blogged. Perhaps you will hear more of a particular item in the future, maybe we’ll never speak of it again.
I was on the road for debase productions with Fly In Fly Out. We had a wonderful tour with heaps of great feedback you can read some snazzy reviews here, here and here.
This was an independent artist meet up facilitated by Kieran Swann, Dan Koop and Bek Berger. This event was fantastic and discussed a heap of things such as what we view independent artist to mean, our stance as artists, what we hope to improve, and different speakers provided provocation on different topics.
The thing that stuck with me the most was ‘independent artist isn’t a stepping stone’. This makes perfect sense but I guess it really hit home for me. You don’t have to be aiming to be part of the big companies, and you can still work for them and still be an independent artist. I knew this all along, but this made it a clear, conscious thought.
On the same day as convergence #freethearts rallies were held around the country.
This is a really interesting issue. Yes, funding has been cut and changed for the arts. Yes, the effects of this could be drastic for small-mid size art organisations. This will be a transitional phase for artists.
As pointed out at Convergence, this could be a point of opportunity for artists. To work out what we stand for, to advocate for art, and also to look for funding outside of usual methods.
#freethearts held dance rallies around the country in art spaces. So generally the protests were by artists and for artists. This was my problem with it. If we want to keep funding, we have to make people care about art. Not artists, the general public. The people who go to the exhibitions, see the gigs, and see the shows. We need to them to be on the side of art so that when funding is changed, it’s not just artists disputing it, it’s everyone. This is difficult to achieve and has no clear path to do so, but hopefully
we can get there.
We Get It and Shit
These are the two shows I saw at NEON this year. Both great, both very different.
We Get It spoke directly to me as it was about the industry and particularly females in it. It touched a lot of nerves and I found it quite depressing, but was awesome.
Shit showcased three talented female actors playing female ‘bogans’ for want of a better word. An interesting exploration into female identity. This play I found the audience reaction quite interesting, as they laughed at characters that to me, were very real.
I made it! #100daysofscenes has come to its end. I am relieved. It was harder, than I thought. I now have a bunch of material to sift through. Truthfully, a lot of it won’t see the light of day but hopefully I can polish a few gems out of it. I really want to reflect on this more.
Writers Group and Film Class
I have recently joined The Owl and Cat’s Writers Group. We meet on Tuesdays and share our work which is awesome. And I’m a part of Scene Melbourne; casually weekly classes to keep film skills up. Both challenging, both fun.
So that’s the big stuff. This weekend I’m heading to a wedding in Brisbane and cannot wait. Hope your weekend is awesome too!