When it comes to diversity, optics aren’t the whole picture.

Optics aren’t lasting change, they’re just optics. Changing the way something looks is really just skimming the surface, but it can be a tempting solution for an arts industry grappling with the opportunities of integrating diversity into the fabric of organisations. Diversity is more than finding someone with different coloured skin who thinks the sameContinue reading “When it comes to diversity, optics aren’t the whole picture.”

How to stay out of the emergency room (unless you’re actually working in the emergency room)

What we do in the creative industries is important, vital and valued by many in our communities. We have the power to inspire, reflect, and change through the work we share… But unless we’re on a high trapeze without both a harness or a safety net, then what we do isn’t being conducted in anContinue reading “How to stay out of the emergency room (unless you’re actually working in the emergency room)”

Plan B: it’s not just for when the finances go pear shaped.

The arts have been operating in a changeable funding environment with decreasing success rates for the past decade. There have been some positive developments too. New philanthropists, support programs and donors are making an impact in the space, and local governments have stepped in to support grass roots projects and organisations. But if you liveContinue reading “Plan B: it’s not just for when the finances go pear shaped.”

Collaboration- Red Flags & Difficult Conversations

Collaboration. The stretching and combining of two organisations toward a common goal or the completion of a project. It’s going to become more essential to organisational survival in the next decade. We’re going to be asked more and more to pool resources, be agile, share audiences and reduce overheads and it’s becoming clear just howContinue reading “Collaboration- Red Flags & Difficult Conversations”

Ecosystem Mapping

Today we launch our new full day workshop for organisations in Eco System Mapping, just in time for end of year board and staff get togethers and planning days. I’m writing this on my laptop amongst a blooming Spring Tasmanian garden and watching the bees around me pollinate the various flowers, the aphids try toContinue reading “Ecosystem Mapping”

Federal Arts Funding cutbacks (take 2)

So here we go again huh? If you’re running a small to medium arts company right now I feel for you. I especially feel for you if you’ve just heard that your funding isn’t going to continue. I was in your position a few years ago when I was the CEO of Legs on theContinue reading “Federal Arts Funding cutbacks (take 2)”

When you go down to the woods today… reviewing Dark Mofo

Here in Tassie we’re just the other side of the (in)famous Dark Mofo Festival. The event brings around 25,000 people into town from interstate and overseas. It’s really the only festival in Australia that brings a diversity of people out to see contemporary art in such enormous numbers. Not the plastic commercialised pop, empty fireworksContinue reading “When you go down to the woods today… reviewing Dark Mofo”

Women and talks panels- the frustration of only getting half the picture.

Last week I started reviewing for local southern Tassie newspaper The Mercury. My first gig was Dark and Dangerous Thoughts– the ideas mini festival held before the internationally acclaimed Dark Mofo. I’ve been to quite a few ideas summits, conferences and talks programs over the last few years and I’ve started playing a bit ofContinue reading “Women and talks panels- the frustration of only getting half the picture.”

The Wildness- creativity and the art of dysfunctional vulnerability

Last year I wrote a book, well a novella really. A collection of work on wildness. It was a vulnerable work that laid a lot of me bare. The kind of first work that needs to come out before anything else can. I write a lot about the darkness, difficult characters with difficult lives ignoringContinue reading “The Wildness- creativity and the art of dysfunctional vulnerability”

Networking for the introverted extrovert

I’m just on the other side of two days of an intellectually dense creative summit, filled with connectivity, people I hadn’t seen for years and mind expanding concepts and projects. It’s the kind of event many artists I know would rather stab themselves in the face with a fork for four hours than attend. JustContinue reading “Networking for the introverted extrovert”