The Arts House Advisory Group was formed in 2019 to provide curatorial input and guidance on the selection of artists for our key call-outs, namely CultureLAB and in 2021-22, Makeshift Publics. CultureLAB projects form the backbone of Arts House’s presentation seasons.
The Arts House Advisory Group also attend shows and participate in ongoing dialogue with and feedback to the Arts House creative team regarding sector and artform insights.
The Arts House Advisory Group includes Caroline Martin, a Custodian of Boonwurrung Country, Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI and Yalukit Marnang a cultural strengthening and consultancy business; Taungurung storyteller, curator and producer Hannah Morphy-Walsh; theatre director, and the founder and Artistic Director of Little Ones Theatre, Stephen Nicolazzo, an independent company focused on innovative queer theatre-making; Nyikina/Jabbirr Jabbirr multidisciplinary artist and environmental ambassador Kalinda (Gal) Palmer whose work and contribution continues to commonly reflect the worldly themes of Decolonisation, First Nation futurism and the empowerment of young people; DJ and a core organiser at Cool Room, Raag Bhatia, an artist collective and event series focused on changing conversations around representation and safety in electronic music; Sarah Scott a proud Ngāpuhi woman, DJ, writer and curator; and Australian performance artist Shian Law whose multi-faceted conceptual projects are the result of an adept practice spanning several artistic disciplines, including choreography, spatial practice, participatory art and screen-based art.
The Arts House Disability and Inclusion Advisory Group was formed in 2020 to ensure that everything we do at Arts House considers artists and audiences who are Deaf, disabled and or neurodiverse through a consultative process.
Members of the Advisory Group can maintain other intersections with the Arts House program, enabling their input to be deep and multi-faceted across our work and enables this consolation and collaboration to be meaningful.
The advisory group includes artist and writer Fayen d’Evie whose collaborative projects proceed from the radical potential of blindness; writer, performer and arts producer Kath Duncan whose extensive work across the arts sector and key disability programs celebrates the importance of difference; neurodiversity consultant and Artistic Director of A_tistic, Tom Middleditch; Taungurung storyteller, curator and producer Hannah Morphy-Walsh; visual artist and co-founder of Magic Hands Luke Duncan King whose practice is grounded in printmaking and drawing; dancer, performer and life model Leisa Prowd who has performed with Weave Movement Theatre and rawcus ensemble.
The Disability and Inclusion Advisory Group has been facilitated in collaboration with Arts Access Victoria who is dedicated to an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for people with disability, the communities in which they live and the arts sector in which they aspire to participate without barriers.
Image: Niharika Senapati, First Dance.