At the height of the pandemic in Australia, as existing systems were tested and many faltered, Performing Lines hosted a series of visioning sessions with a small group of leading independent practitioners.
An artist-led initiative supported by the City of Sydney, this group of “interdependent artists” assembled online to take a snapshot of where we find ourselves as an arts industry, and imagine where we might go.
Facilitated by independent artist and co-director of Aphids, Lara Thoms (Vic), the topics discussed were wide-ranging, tackling wage, race and other systemic inequities, the role of the artist, and the sustainability of the sector and the planet.
The group included: Frances Barrett (NSW), Brian Fuata (NSW), Angela Goh (NSW), Amrita Hepi (Vic), Alex Kelly (Vic) Loren Kronemyer (Tas), Bec Reid (Qld), Anna Tregloan (NSW), and Emma Valente (Vic).
While these discussions are ongoing, Lara provided this excellent and rather poetic wrap-up of some of those conversations and provocations that came out of the sessions.
Images: Bryony Jackson