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Creative Careers


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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.


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 the founding editor of Liminal magazine. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, seeking to create new spaces and opportunities for community. She has recently edited the essay col... Read more

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a filmmaker, historian and author, whose work explores settler colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial migration in Australia. Chingaipe’s first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of convicts of African descent is forthcoming, and the critically acclaimed and aw... Read more

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