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A write to be heard

Have your say in the National Cultural Policy Plan

The Australian Government is developing a new National Cultural Policy and it is vital that independent artists, producers, curators and creative workers have their say in the cultural policy that will define the decade ahead.

Facilitators Emma Valente and Liv Satchell will create structures for participants to: reflect together on the importance of their sector, carve out silent communal writing time to draft submissions, access easy and quick templates for submissions and enjoy some snacks afterwards.

Where: The Supper Room, Arts House
When: Thursday 18 August, 10am to 12pm
How to get here: Find more information on getting to Arts House here

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The Facilitators

Emma Valente is an established arts leader and facilitator. She is the Co-Artistic director and Co CEO of feminist theatre company THE RABBLE.

THE RABBLE has forged an unrivalled reputation for producing experimental theatre of the highest quality – theatre that interrogates the human condition through a combination of surreal and visceral aesthetics, a feminist sensibility, and the application of intellectually rigorous research. The results have changed the paradigm of what is possible in theatrical culture in Australia. Emma’s work at THE RABBLE focuses on creating feminist practices, methodology and content as is one of the most recognized feminist practitioners in the country. Emma is the recipient of the Creators Fund grant from Creative Victoria and she is a Sidney Myer Fellowship.

Emma has instigated and facilitated workshops, panels and gatherings for: Theatre Network Australia, Australian Theatre Forum, Playwriting Australia, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Blue Room, Vitalstatistix, Safe Theatres Australia, APAM and Melbourne Fringe Festival. Emma also founded an initiative to increase gender equity in the technical design sector (lighting, sound and video design) and has been an advocate for change around Sexual Harassment and Bullying in the sector.

Liv Satchell is a theatre-maker, writer, dramaturg and facilitator trained at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her practice focuses on building community platforms for independent artists, on new writing development, and on producing original work through her company VIMH. Her current body of work The Grief Trilogy (I sat and waited but you were gone too long; my sister feather; let bleeding girls lie) examines experiences of grief and loss in public space. These plays have been variously shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, the Max Afford Playwrights Award, and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, winning a Green Room Award for Best New Writing. Liv co-founded Small and Loud in 2016, a monthly performance program for new works in development that worked with over 300 artists, and she has variously mentored or facilitated for Union House Theatre, VCA, Fairfax Youth Initiative and the Arts Centre Melbourne.