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Music and Creativity: Jane Campion, Frances Rings and Ben Quilty


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Saturday 30 April 2022, 2.30pm-3.30pm in the Belgiorno Room at Pier 2/3 (Sydney)

Kicking off an exciting new collaboration between the Wheeler Centre and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, three leading artists in film, dance and visual art explore the transformative power of music in their life and creativity.

Jane Campion, Frances Rings and Ben Quilty are all artists breaking new ground in their work. Filmmaker Jane Campion is a two-time Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer, who has received global praise and accolades for her work including The Piano, Bright Star and, most recently, The Power of the Dog. Appointed to the role of Artistic Director for Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2021, dancer and choreographer Frances Rings has created and performed in works for many of Australia’s leading dance companies, and on international stages. And known for his rich contemporary impasto works, renowned artist Ben Quilty’s unique style has drawn critical acclaim both in Australia and internationally. He has been awarded the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Archibald Prize.

These three creatives are not known as musicians, but music informs and enriches the work they make. At this special event, they join presenter Fenella Kernebone for a conversation about their deep and life-long connection to music, and the impact its influence brings to their art.

Jane Campion will be appearing via video.

Jane Campion image © 2021 Netflix Inc. Frances Rings and Ben Quilty photography by Daniel Boud.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra


Jane Campion

Jane Campion is known for films such as Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, The Portrait of a Lady, Holy Smoke, In The Cut, Bright Star and The Piano for which she is the only female director to receive the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Direct... Read more

Frances Rings

Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha Tribe from the West Coast of South Australia. She was appointed Associate Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2019. In December 2021, Rings was announced as the next Artistic Director of the company, after Stephen Page steps down from the role ... Read more

Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty (b.1973) lives and works in Australia. Widely known for his thick, gestural oilpaintings, Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, film, sculpture and installation. His works often serve as a reflection of social and political events; from the current glob... Read more

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