Arts Hub, Richard Watts
20 Nov 2015
“Reflecting on the success of the forum, Theatre Network (VIC) Director Nicole Beyer told ArtsHub: ‘The overwhelming conclusion from today, for me, is how far we have come as a sector in the past six months. There is a strong sense of unity, despite the diversity of opinion and also despite the anxiety that has been so prevalent.
‘I am impressed that there was so much engagement with ideas such as the need for new investment models proposed by Cathy Hunt in her keynote; with the need for continuing advocacy, research and data collection; and with the general idea that we need to keep on working together to strengthen the sector,’ she said.
‘It was also really heartening to hear how much the sector has valued TNV’s work throughout this year. We’ve had a big increase in membership from across Australia, and today many members made a point to come up and express their gratitude for our work. And I think that’s as much about providing a place where people can share their anxieties and feel that they are not in it alone, as much as the advocacy work that they know we are doing on their behalf. So for TNV, it’s been a great assurance that we have an ongoing and valued role in the sector,’ Beyer concluded.”