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2022 Kolyang Creative Hub | Public Program

Welcome to our public program for the 2022 Kolyang Creative Hub. Scroll down to see what’s on offer this year. All the sessions are facilitated by the Hub participants and FREE to attend.

RSVP is essential, especially for the practice-sharing workshop as these have small capacity limits.

Whether you want to attend one or multiple sessions, we made it easier for you to RSVP this year, with only one form to fill in!

Click here to RSVP.

If your RSVPs change over the coming weeks, no problem! Just email and let us know.

Long Tables

About the Long Table format
This Kolyang Creative Hub, we’re hoping to remove some of the conventional hierarchies that we know exist in panel discussions, and open the floor to all guests and audience members. The Long Table is a dynamic structure that encourages free movement between speaking and observing. Anyone is welcome to take a seat at the table and offer their perspectives on the topic. It’s a dinner party structured on etiquette, where conversation is the only course. Will you join us at the table?

Equality In Collaborative Process

Drawing on the experience of guests and audience members, this Long Table discussion will interrogate how we consider voice, agency and self-determination in artistic collaborations. We will explore how to create safe artistic spaces that foster and encourage equality throughout the creative process, questioning when is it the right time for collaborators to intervene, and when is it time to step out of the way and listen?

Provocateurs: Bruno Booth (Host), Chloe Ogilvie, Mararo Wangai, Crystal Nguyen, Emma Fishwick and Jeremy Smith

DATE: Friday 12 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE:  Studio space, Subiaco Arts Centre


Vanguards of Exploration – Who are we and where are we going?

“In the sciences, the concept of failure is a natural part of experimentation. If you want to learn how a process works, or develop a new one yourself, the scientific method demands that you try, fail, and try again. But in the arts, failure is often seen as a dirty word—no one wants to be responsible for a critical or commercial flop. But without taking risk and pushing boundaries, art would remain stagnant, and the creative spirit would be wasted on our own fears.”

The Art of Failure: The Importance of Risk and Experimentation
American Artscape | 2014 N0.4

In this session, guests and audience members are invited to discuss the importance of risk, bravery and failure in the artistic process. How do you cultivate new collaborations that will celebrate creative risks? What do our table guests see as the future of contemporary artistic practice for the industry? What do our table guests see as the future of contemporary artistic practice for the industry? How we can imagine new models of making and sharing work

Provocateurs: Mel Cantwell (Host), Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, James O’Hara, Joe Lui Paradise, Rachael Dease and Zohar Spatz 

DATE: Friday 19 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE:  Studio space, Subiaco Arts Centre

Panel Conversation

The Sustainability of Making

In this panel discussion, our invited guests will discuss how ‘sustainability’ is understood and considered in the Arts. From ensuring that artist well-being is a priority, to building environmental awareness and goals into our creative process and practice, and reducing carbon footprints while touring. It’s a look at sustainability in a multitude of meanings and impacts, and questions how we can move forward with care to people and our planet.

Panelists: Dr Renee Newman (Chair), Dr Alexa Taylor, Chris Mercer, Aimee Smith, Ron Bradfield Jnr and Emele Ugavule.

DATE: Wednesday 10 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE:  Main auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre

You’ll never work in this town again – lecture performance

Breaking up is hard to do. How can artists raise their voices in this contested space? What tools are available to us to agitate for change?
Join Kelli mccluskey [pvi collective] and Meri Fatin [WA climate leaders] for an artist-led conversation on breaking up with fossil fuels and considering your ethical compass.

DATE: Wednesday 24 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE:  Main auditorium, Subiaco Arts Centre

Small-group discussion

Natural Cultural Policy

Part discussion, part working group – the aim of this session is to share what we, as a community of West Australian independent artists and makers, want to see in the next National Cultural Policy. We’ll talk through the NCP submission document, and share ideas about where we are, where we want to be, and how we can advocate for that through the NCP submission process.

Facilitated by Libby Klysz

DATE: Tuesday 9 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE: Upstairs foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre

Queer-ing Theatre

This small group discussion will focus on sharing how queerness applies to the making of new work (theatre or performance).

Facilitated by Jay Emmanuel

DATE: Tuesday 16 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE: Gallery, Subiaco Arts Centre


Ritual in performance

A conversation with Helah Milroy and Joshua Pether about their ritual performance history; and explorations into ‘Bookmarking’ and ‘The Reckoning’ as new methodologies

Facilitated by Helah Milroy and Josh Pether. 

DATE: Thursday 18 August
TIME: 10 am to 11.30am
VENUE: Upstairs Foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre


You Can’t Please Everybody All Of The Time

Making work that is accessible/criticises accessibility issues faced by the disabled community is hard. Is it possible to incorporate access needs into our design process without it feeling like we are simply ticking boxes? How do we make cutting-edge work that also caters to the needs of our community? Does it have to cater to everybody?

Facilitated by Bruno Booth

DATE: Tuesday 23 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE: Upstairs Foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre


Benung ba Benung (Tomorrow and Tomorrow) – A discussion on Indigenous Futurisms

Facilitated by Bobbi Henry and Eva Grace Mullaley

DATE: Thursday 25 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE: Upstairs Foyer, Subiaco Arts Centre

Practice sharing & workshops

What Things Might Say – The Performative Potential of Materials

Via aspects of puppetry, animation and play we will look at ways materials can be used in performance as metaphors to explore meaning.

Facilitated by Theatre-maker Nigel Luck.

DATE: Tuesday 9 August
TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am
VENUE: Studio space, Subiaco Arts Centre

Limited to 20 people


Dancing with Rest / Resting with Dance

This accessible movement workshop will explore ‘getting comfy’, feel-good dancing, permission, pace, rest and ‘easy eyes’. It will introduce tools for body awareness that can be used throughout the Kolyang Hub. It is about connecting to personal internal rhythms – so you can choose the pace that best supports you and your creative practice. It is about building a culture of playfulness, respect and taking care of each other and our bodies through movement.

Facilitated by Daisy Sanders

DATE: Wednesday 10 August
TIME: 9.30am to 11am
VENUE: Rehearsal Room, Subiaco Arts Centre

Limited to 15 people


Grumble Boogie

Grumble Boogie is an aerobic dizko dance class lead by Betty Grumble. Grumble Boogie is about the heart pump and thanking our bodies.

DATE: Friday 12 August
TIME: 10.30am to 11.30am
VENUE: Outside (or in the studio if it’s raining), Subiaco Arts Centre

Take Your Work Outside

Through a series of physical, written and sharing tasks, you are invited to explore and dream up ways to perform your art amongst nature. Learn tools to work in close proximity to an audience, deal with heckling, the importance of clear intentions; plus tricks to working with the weather rather than simply enduring it.

Facilitated by Dawn Pascoe, Aerial Circus Maker and Director

DATE: Tuesday 16 August
TIME: 9.30am to 11am
VENUE: Studio space, Subiaco Arts Centre

Limited to 30 people


Playing With Your Voice

A 90-minute session with a simple voice warm-up and tips and exercises for resonance, breath, range and articulation. Feel free to bring along any voice, speech or text questions you have. Everyone welcome.

Facilitated by Voice Coach Julia Moody

 DATE: Wednesday 17 August
TIME: 2pm to 3.30pm
VENUE: Studio space, Subiaco Arts Centre

Limited to 16 people


Moving, Partnering, Adapting

Lab artist Sam Ren will guide us through foundational skills in contemporary dance and contact improvisation (physical listening, folding, sliding, rolling, counterbalance). He will be joined by Hub artist Bernadette Lewis who will guide us through the endless and creative ways we can adapt physical instructions to suit our daily needs and interests.

Facilitated by Sam Ren and Bernadette Lewis

DATE: Wednesday 24 August
TIME: 11am to 12.30pm
VENUE: Rehearsal room, Subiaco Arts Centre

Limited to 12 people

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In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.