Art and Change
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Eavesdropping on Artists: Have I No Mouth / Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday
We’ll talk about both shows, and their explorations of family life, death and constructions of reality. With musician David Bridie, visual artist Gabrielle de Vietri and dancer/choreographer Gerard Van Dyck and chaired by Emily Sexton.
Emily Sexton is a former Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
She was the recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010–14), where her key achievements were a radical rethink of an arts festival model, and a series of landmark commissions, publications and talks featuring First Nations artists, co-curated with Tony Albert and Tahjee Moar and titled Blak Wave.
In 2013, she was Artistic Director of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She was also Creative Producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival for 2008–10.
Emily has been a proud Board Member for Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets and Theatre Network Victoria, and is alumnus of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Program (2011). She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, English) from the University of Sydney (2005). She is a regular host and facilitator for writers’ festivals and arts organisations around Australia.
Gabrielle de Vietri is a Melbourne-based visual artist and co-director of A Centre for Everything, a collaborative programme of creative, pedagogical and culinary events. Her work develops from an involved collaborative practice. It often looks at modes of communication and community, and the ways in which language is used, interpreted and manipulated to create or distort meaning.
Gerard’s career in dance has spanned 20 years. His practice integrates storytelling and humour into movement and choreography. He also teaches, reviews, and provides dramaturgy and discourse for dance. He co-founded KAGE with Kate Denborough in 1997 and together they have produced over 18 original award-winning dance theatre works.
Seven-time ARIA award-winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians.
Art and Change
Arts and politics, creativity and change. The Wheeler Centre hosts riveting discussions with some of Australia’s most important intellectual and artistic voices as they explore the intersection between artistic creation and political action.