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Art & social change

What is the point of art? Can it exist for its own sake – as a form of creative expression, entertainment and enjoyment? Or do artists have a responsibility to do more with it?

Some artists use their work to agitate for change, whether it’s challenging commercialism, protesting governments, raising awareness of issues like climate change, or bringing communities together.

Others believe that art doesn’t need to justify its existence – it just needs to be good art.

Our panel of artists will look at how art can best be used for social change. Hosted by Jade Lillie.

Presented in association with Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Art & us

The nature and meaning of art has been hotly debated for centuries, but in this new series for 2014, the Wheeler Centre explores the impact of art in a variety of contexts. We look at how artistic practice fits in to the many diverse aspects of everyday life, as well as how its context has a direct effect on the realms of inspiration and creation.

Who?

Portrait of Jade Lillie

Jade Lillie

Jade Lillie is an experienced community cultural development practitioner, arts executive, educator and facilitator.

Portrait of Megan Evans

Megan Evans

Megan Evans is a visual artist working as a professional artist for 30 years, doing everything from large-scale murals in the early 80s to my own exhibitions.

Portrait of Patrice Naiambana

Patrice Naiambana

Patrice Naiambana is an interdisciplinary performer-creator and works interculturally: from playing lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, and Channel 4, to bringing Shakespeare to the elderly and long-term unemployed in Birmingham, to running creative development programs for artists and communities in Africa and Europe.

Portrait of Tariro Mavondo

Tariro Mavondo

Based in Melbourne, Tariro is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, theatre maker, curator, cultural diversity and performance consultant, performance facilitator across performing arts, education, government, mental health, law enforcement and social justice. She graduated in 2011 from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, and received the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence in her final year. 

Art & us

The nature and meaning of art has been hotly debated for centuries, but in this new series for 2014, the Wheeler Centre explores the impact of art in a variety of contexts. We look at how artistic practice fits in to the many diverse aspects of everyday life, as well as how its context has a direct effect on the realms of inspiration and creation.

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