Good Things Come in Threes
A party with thrice the fun
Presented by Arts House
Tuesday 5 December
Event time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free – all welcome
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
New shows, new plans, new horizons – it’s all happening at Arts House.
Join us as we unveil our upcoming program and collectively dream towards new horizons in the arts sector of Australia and beyond.
We’ll launch Season 1 2024 and share the inside word on our recently announced Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2023-28), and Equity—Builder, our first anti-racism plan and roadmap towards to racial justice in the arts.
With spoken word, music and comedy performances by Rainbow Chan, Artemis Muñoz, Vidya Rajan, Fallon Te Paa and Kaycee Merito, plus insights from Aïsha Trambas, Jonathan Craig and Margaret Mayhew, you can expect to round off your 2023 with head and heart full.
Come along and celebrate with our outgoing co-Artistic Directors, Emily Sexton and Nithya Nagarajan, plus drinks and snacks served with summertime tunes spun by DJ General Feelings.
About the Artists
Vidya Rajan is a writer and performer currently based in Australia working across screenwriting, theatre, comedy, and digital space. A former writer-in-residence at the Malthouse Theatre, graduate of the VCA, and a recipient of Screen Australia’s Developer Program, her work has often been described as surreal, inventive, and darkly funny. Recently, her sketch writing as part of the The Feed (SBS) won the 2022 AWGIE award for Best Comedy Writing, and her digital interactive experience In Search of Lost Scroll took home Best Experimental Artwork at the 2022 Melbourne Fringe awards and was shortlisted for the International New Media Writing Prize
Rainbow Chan 陳雋然 is an award-winning vocalist, producer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Driven by a DIY spirit, Chan melds catchy melodies and off-kilter beats made up of field-recordings and found sounds. Both heartbreaking and tender, her idiosyncratic brand of pop reflects diasporic experiences and deeply personal tales of love and loss. In 2022, Chan was recognised in the "40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian Australians Award" for her contribution to arts and culture. She won "Artist of the Year" in the 2022 FBi SMAC Awards.
Artemis Muñoz (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on Wurundjeri land. They are the most recent recipient of the Stella Young Award which recognises contributions from young people to both the arts and to the disability community. Their practice spans across cabaret, theatre, music, online video, sketch comedy and more. Artemis completed their Bachelor of Arts (Acting) in 2016 at Federation University’s Arts Academy in Ballarat and their Master of Theatre (Writing) with the VCA in 2021. They have a varied and extensive CV ranging from short-form variety spots to complete seasons of work. Their performance and writing work has been featured at La Mama, Butterfly Club, Theatreworks, Alter State Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Midsumma Festival, Emerging Writers Festival and more. Artemis is proud to be a working queer, bi-racial and disabled artist and they are passionate about making the arts better for their communities. They hope that by creating work that is informed by their lived experience, and also occasionally consulting (such as with Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, La Mama, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Footscray Community Arts Centre and more) that they get closer to that goal.
Fallon Te Paa and Kaycee Merito
Duo Fallon Te Paa (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Manihiki) and Kaycee Merito (Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) are Naarm born and raised Māori leaders with backgrounds in music, dance, traditional Māori martial and performing arts as well as creative directing and teaching. Significant works of the pair include: Rites of Passage: The Origins of Tā Moko (2022), Being Human, Jen Cloher (2022), I am the river, the river is me: Jen Cloher tour (2023), Melbourne Fringe Festival: Te Pō (2023).
Dr. Margaret Mayhew (she/her/they/them) is a queer visual artist and performer who has lived with ableism and chronic pain for 35 years. They have taught and researched at universities in cultural studies, gender, sexuality and diversity studies, public policy and design. They currently work in the training and consultation team at Arts Access Victoria. As part of their work with AAV and with Diversity Arts Australia, they have participated in training and development of Deaf and Disabled Equity and Inclusion with 40 organisations over the past 5 years, including Co-Designed planning and Disabled-led advisory and training programs.
Jonathan Craig is a writer, policy advisor, audio producer and accessibility consultant. From 2018 to 2021 he was Editor of the quarterly magazine from Blind Citizens Australia, where he was credited with transforming the publication. He has also been a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Emerging Writers Festival, and has been a consultant on several Arts House projects, including co-devising The Warehouse Residency program for Deaf and Disabled artists. A lifelong science fiction fan, he’s interested in exploring the consequences of post-humanism and the future of disability
Image Credit: Garabari by Joel Bray Dance and Chunky Move, presented as part of Season 2, 2022. Photo by Tiffany Garvie
Image Description: A group of people gathering, their backs are to the camera. They are covered in fanned rainbow lights.