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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.

Featuring

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 drinkin... Read more

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic, researcher, and the founding editor of Liminal, an anti-racist literary project. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, produced literary events, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, to create new spaces an... Read more

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 direc... Read more

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