Thanks to everyone who joined us last Thursday for our sundowner Fast Art Talks. With three inspirational female Creative Producers as our guest speakers, there was lots to talk about!
Caroline Wood, Director for Centre for Stories spoke about the Bright Lights No City project. In this project LGBTQIA young people from the Midwest and the Goldfields worked with professional storytellers to write and record their stories about growing up in regional WA. We were all held captive by Caroline’s sharing of project and its impact on those involved, and then by the played recording of Holden’s story, who was one of the project participants.
Ashley Yihsin Chang from Turner Galleries talked with passion about her role producing Guanyin in the South West: A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth, a project very close to her heart. Coming to Perth from Taiwan, and having had a strong career in the arts sector over there, Ashley experienced an isolating couple of years as a new mum of twins when first arriving in Perth. Guanyin in the South West is a project involving Taiwanese women now living in Perth, and their cultural exchange with local female WA artists, and the creative expressions of culture and identity resulting from those connections.
Jess Wraight, CAN’s own Program Manager discussed her role as Creative Producer of the Clay Boodjar project. Popping up in an empty shop front in York, the Clay Boodjar exhibition and animation revealed some of the hidden histories and stories of York, as told by the Noongar farm workers and those living on the reserve. Jess spoke about how the project helped people to reimagine their town and how good gallery hosts are essential.
What was evident with each of the projects, was the importance of the role of Creative Producers to platform the diverse creative voices of the communities they work with and how crucial it is that these voices are heard.
And after all that talking, a big thanks to Wendy from When Inspired for providing us with all of that beautiful, nourishing food. It almost looked too good to eat… but that didn’t stop us!