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2015 Victorian Theatre Forum

Theatre Network (Vic) presents

2015 Victorian Theatre Forum
in partnership with Currency House & Malthouse Theatre

When: 11am – 5pm, Tuesday 17 November
Where: The Coopers Malthouse, Sturt St, Southbank.
Happy Hour Network Drinks 5pm – 7pm (cash bar) Malthouse Bar – all welcome.


We in the arts know that the outstanding achievements by Australian artists and organisations – whether in film, writing, performing arts or visual arts – have only been possible because Australia has been so successful at recognising that development, experimentation, and nurturing of talent is fundamental to achieving ‘excellence’. But in the last six months, we have learned that we have not been successful enough advocates for ourselves; we have not presented well enough the evidence and data to prove the arts’ value; and we have not yet sold the case that we need a strong, interconnected eco-system of independent artists, small and large organisations and a solid funding/investment base to sustain that ecosystem. So, what do we need to do now to ensure that we have a united vision for the arts, that we have the policies and funding to support that vision, and that we will not have the rug pulled out from under us again? Please come to the Victorian Theatre Forum to help us begin that conversation.

Please note that the Victorian Theatre Forum is a Members Only event*.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Cathy Hunt launches her Platform Paper – PAYING THE PIPER: There has to be a better way
Interviewed by Julian Meyrick.

Interconnections Panel – ALL TOGETHER NOW:
How independents, small to medium companies and major companies rely on each other for their success and for a vibrant theatre sector as a whole.’
Leticia Caceres, Nicola Gunn, Matt Lutton and Rachael Maza
in conversation with Nicole Beyer.

There will also be sector updates, and facilitated breakout sessions, and a catered lunch. Click here to download the full program.

Cathy Hunt is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane and one of the founding directors of Positive Solutions with over 20 years experience of working in the arts and creative industries both in Australia and the UK. Her previous professional experience was in the management of art centres, touring performing companies and festivals, including as Founding Director of the UK Liverpool Festival of Comedy and Artistic Programmer of Battersea Arts Centre, London. In Australia, Cathy has worked extensively on cultural policy development including cultural plans for local governments, strategy reviews and planning for State government, cultural facility developments and organisational and business planning for arts organisations. This has included the preparation of a regional and district cultural facilities strategy for the Government of Hong Kong, with GHK Consulting (HK).

Julian Meyrick is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University. He is a theatre historian and a cultural policy analyst, as well as an award-winning theatre director. Previously he was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company, where he was responsible for establishing Hard Lines, a new play development programme. Professor Meyrick has published widely on the Australian theatre, performance theory and practice,contemporary dramaturgy, and cultural policy. He is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Projects: AusStage Phase 5 and Laboratory Adelaide: Accounting for Cultural Value in the Arts, Cultural Organisations and Events. Professor Meyrick is Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia. The Retreat of Our National Drama, his Currency House Platform Paper, was launched in May 2014.

*Not yet a TNV Member? More information here.

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