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Creative Careers

History shows that people often turn to arts and culture, and to the people who create them, during difficult times. The global pandemic is no exception, with many of us reading more books, watching more movies and listening to more music. At the same time, the arts industries – both artists themselves and people working in the arts – have been among the hardest hit economically by Covid-19. So, what gives? And what does the future hold for creative types?

If you're a creative teen thinking about future study options or a career in the arts, or wondering if your creative talents are still relevant, this talk's for you. Liminal magazine founder and PhD student Leah Jing McIntosh and journalist and documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe will survey the changing landscape of the arts in Australia, in conversation with Footscray High School student Felix Briggs.

Our panelists will discuss the value and flexibility of creative skills and critical thinking and they'll talk frankly about the risks and difficulties of careers in the arts, too. 

What do creative careers look like today? How do artists and arts workers juggle their creative pursuits with their need to make a living? Is it possible the economic and social upheavals in the post-Covid world will change the way we think about the creative industries? 

Join us for a practical talk about dreams, back-up plans and creative futures.

This event is open to everyone, particularly teens in years 9–12, and educators.

Wheeler Education: Creative Careers


Portrait of Felix Briggs

Felix Briggs

Felix Briggs is a Melbourne based student and slam poet. He has been part of a poetry and Q+A panel in collaboration with the Stella Prize as well as competed on a team in the 2018 and 2019 OutLoud Eco!Slam heats.

He is known within his social circle for spending too much time on Twitter and drinking coffee.

Portrait of Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is the founding editor of Liminal. Since 2017, Leah has published art, writing and interviews by and for Asian-Australian artists. She has founded national literary prizes for minoritized writers, and co-edited Collisions (Pantera Press), a collection of fiction by First Nations writers and Writers of Colour.

Portrait of Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to the Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR). 

Chingaipe wrote and directed the documentary series Third Culture Kids for the ABC. Other credits include the short documentary Black As Me.

Her first book of non-fiction detailing the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies, is forthcoming with Picador in 2021.

The recipient of several awards, Chingaipe was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019. 

Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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