COVID19: Artist Online Meet-ups

Artist-led Conversations in the wake of COVID19

Stay connected and informed through a series of artist-led Zoom conversations hosted by APAM. These sessions are for artists affected by COVID-19 to meet online and talk about the impacts to their current performance projects. They are offered as virtual meet-up spaces for artists who have been directly impacted by COVID-19 to meet each other, share stories, ideas and strategies.

We encourage you to register for the session in the state which you reside. Please allow 75 mins for the session.

These sessions will be live captioned. Please email us if you have any questions.

ABOUT

Following our recent conversations, this third round will continue to connect independent artists and companies to discuss the impacts of COVID-19, with a focus which extends to international exchange and connectivity. How and why is international engagement part of your practice? How can we form and maintain relationships when mobility through travel is not possible? At a time where systems have become undone, how can artists and presenters communicate with each other in new and balanced ways?

Participation is free and you can participate via Zoom, by using your phone or computer connected to WiFi. Each conversation is being led by artists living and working in locations across Australia. APAM is not providing professional advice and the sessions are not recorded.

SESSION DETAILS

First Nations Meetup, hosted by Eugenia Flynn & Sarah Bell
This meetup is especially convened for Australian First Nations artists and arts workers.
Tue 16 June, 14:00 AEST

ACT Meetup, hosted by Chenoeh Miller
Mon 22 June, 10:30 AEST

NT Meetup, hosted by Gary Lang
Mon 22 June, 12:30 ACST

TAS Meetup, hosted by Loren Kronemyer
Mon 22 June, 16:00 AEST

QLD Meetup, hosted by Leah Shelton & Lisa Fa’alafi
Tue 23 June, 16:00 AEST

VIC Meetup, hosted by Roslyn Oades
Wed 24 June, 15:00 AEST

Meetup for Australian artists living and working
outside Australia, hosted by Bek Berger
Wed 24 June, 11:00 CET (Central European Time) /
Wed 24 June, 19:00 AEST

SA Meetup, hosted by Andy Packer
Thu 25 June, 11:30 ACST

WA Meetup, hosted by Serena Chalker
Thu 25 June, 15:30 AWST

NSW Meetup, hosted by Latai Taumoepeau
This meetup has been cancelled

MEET THE HOSTS

Sarah Bell (First Nations)
Sarah is an Aboriginal woman who has grown up on Turrbal country and has connections to Kooma and Gamilaraay lands around Charleville QLD and Moree NSW. Sarah has been around the arts all her life with both her parents being outstanding artists in their own right. Having most recently been working at Milani Gallery in Brisbane as Studio Manager, travelled overseas with artists and exhibitions, her passion for working in the Arts has continued to be fuelled. Sarah is First Nations Lead – Associate Producer at APAM.

Bek Berger (Australians outside Australia)
Bek is an independent artist, dramaturg, curator and creative producer based between Berlin and Melbourne.She creates and supports experimental work that sits in between art forms and travels across borders. Her projects have been presented in over 17 countries with ongoing collaborations with James Batchelor and Collaborators (AU), Emily Warner (UK) and Daniel Hengst (DE). Current highlights including presenting DEEPSPACE at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Malaga, HYPERSPACE being selected as a part of Aerowaves 2019, developing Arts for Landscapes in a Latvian Peatland and initiating Critical Futures with Annantalo (FI). Bek has held various producing and supporting positions within such institutions as American Realness (NY), Dance Massive (AU), Fierce Festival (UK), Darwin Festival (AU), MoMA PS1 (NY), Arts House (AU) and Temperance Hall (AU). Later in 2020 she will be in residence at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Program supported by the Australian Council of the Arts. www.bekberger.com

Serena Chalker (WA)
Serena is an independent artist and co-director of Anything is Valid Dance Theatre. Named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 and 2018 Dance Australia Critics Surveys and winner of PAWA Award for Best Production for Dust on the Shortbread, Serena holds an M.A: The Body in Performance with Distinction (2014) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. From performances created in laneways, caravans, residential houses and one-on-one audio-guided works, each project is born from the unique settings that the sites offer, creating works that have a deeply ingrained sensitivity to their context. Her works have been performed and presented internationally in South Korea, Belgium, Finland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, United Kingdom and around Australia, and she has undertaken additional residencies and exchanges in Canada and Poland. She is a STRUT 2020 Seed residency recipient with Emma Fishwick, and is the co-curator of site-specific platform In Situ.

Lisa Fa’alafi (QLD)
Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a director, performance maker, choreographer and designer. Known for pushing cultural and gender boundaries, her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and satirical at heart. She earned her artistic stripes as Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, with whom she created landmark works that continue to inspire Pacific artists to this day. Lisa has worked with Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (NGA), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bechdel, The Arts Hour BBCC. Her work has been seen at major festivals internationally, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC. Lisa co-created the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a 2017 Helpmann, two 2016 Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation.

Eugenia Flynn (First Nations)
Eugenia is a writer, arts worker and community organiser. As an Aboriginal, Chinese and Muslim woman, Eugenia works within her multiple communities to create change through literature, art, politics and community engagement. Eugenia’s thoughts on the politics of race, gender and culture have been published widely. Her essays, articles and short stories have been published in Peril magazine, The Lifted Browfine print magazine, The Design FilesArt+AustraliaThe Saturday PaperIndigenousXNITV, and the recent anthology #MeToo: Stories From the Australian Movement. With extensive experience in community engaged arts practice, Eugenia has worked with Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development and The Social Studio. Most recently, Eugenia has worked with Contemporary Arts Precincts, Blak Dot Gallery, Eleven Collective, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Peril Magazine and the Ebony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Institute.

Loren Kronemyer (TAS)
Loren is an artist living and working in remote lutruwita (Tasmania). Her works span interactive and live performance, experimental media art, and large-scale worldbuilding projects aimed at exploring ecological futures and survival skills. In 2016, her collaboration Pony Express created Ecosexual Bathhouse, a touring queer sex club for the entire ecosystem. In 2017, Kronemyer was the first artist in residence at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. She collaborates frequently with laboratories, and received the first Masters of Biological Arts Degree from SymbioticA Lab at the University of Western Australia.  Her work has been hosted by ANTI Festival (Finland), Santarcangelo Festival (Italy), Forum of the Future (Portugal), Interformat Symposium (Lithuania), Dark Mofo (Australia), Liveworks Festival (Australia), Next Wave Festival (Australia), The Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, The Perth International Arts Festival, and the International Symposium of Electronic Arts. She is a mentor for the Icelandic Academy of Arts Masters of Performing Arts Program, and a PhD Candidate at the University of Tasmania.

Gary Lang (NT)
Gary is a Larrakia man; he trained at the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance School (NAISDA) and has toured nationally & internationally with some of Australia’s premier dance companies, the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre, Bangarra, Dance North and Tracks Inc. Gary is a dynamic dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer and a much loved and revered figure in the NT dance community. He actively strives to maintain a strong cultural identity, acting as an ambassador for his culture through his practice. Since returning to Darwin Gary has been working with a group of local male and female dancers and he provides them with much sought after opportunities for their development and performance in his works that have featured in front of Darwin audiences over the past decade or more.

Chenoeh Miller (ACT)
Chenoeh is an advocate for the arts in Canberra. As the director of Little Dove Theatre Art, she believes in creating shows and events that truly connect with audiences. Her works have played to sold-out audiences at home and abroad and she has received multiple 5-star reviews, awards and grants including, for Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall: Scotland on Sunday Best Director Award, Herald Angel Award, Melbourne Fringe Best Dance Award, and Gasworks Award. In 2019 she was awarded Best Circus/Physical Theatre Award (Week 3) at the Adelaide Fringe for Evangeline, and at Sydney Fringe, Best in Theatre Award, Best Circus/Physical Theatre Award (finalist) NIDA Director of the Year Award and the Festival Directors Award. Chenoeh is the performance art curator for Art, Not Apart and director of the performance party Sound and Fury. In 2018, she travelled with 17 Canberra artists to present a season of Sound and Fury at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2018. Chenoeh is the Live Programs Officer at Belco Arts.

Roslyn Oades (VIC)
Roslyn is an award-winning Melbourne theatremaker best known for her pioneering work in the field of headphone-verbatim and audio-driven performance projects. Her works have been commissioned by Malthouse, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Belvoir, Urban Theatre Projects, Windmill, Vitalstatistix, Hot House and Festival 18 Gold Coast. Original works for stage include: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday, I’m Your Man, Stories of Love & Hate, Fast Cars & Tractor Engines, In a Deep Dark Forest and Cutaway–A Portrait. Her productions have toured nationally with Performing Lines and I’m Your Man was adapted into an online interactive documentary by SBS TV. Recently Roslyn’s been working on a new series of place-based projects, including: Cell 26, an audio work designed for a prison cell, Sea Stories, an audio work for sunrise over the ocean and The Nightline, an underground club for insomniacs which utilises 40 rewired rotary telephones in an abandoned building. www.roslynoades.com

Andy Packer (SA)
Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, General Manager, ensemble Actor/ Creator, Van Man and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby as Artistic Director. In thirteen years Slingsby has toured its original productions to more than 100 venues in 80 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, India and China winning 16 industry awards along the way. Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Chamber Singers and Australian String Quartet. In 2019 Andy was show director of the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington. New Zealand’s largest theatrical event.

Leah Shelton (QLD)
Psycho-siren Leah Shelton creates stylised, guttural, renegade feminist performance art soaked in cult references and dark humour. Her work has taken her from the glamour of Las Vegas to the back streets of Kings Cross, from rigorous training in Japan to live art festivals in New York. With Lisa Fa’alafi, Leah is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, with whom she creates hyper-visual works underpinned by diversity and collaboration. As a solo artist, Leah has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club and Vegas Nocturne. She has created two solo works: Terror Australis (which received numerous awards and most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured Australia and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim in 2019.

Latai Taumoepeau (NSW)
Latai makes live art. Her faivā (performance practice) is from her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace Sydney, land of the Gadigal people. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of learning, starting with her village, a suburban church hall, a few nightclubs and a university. Her body-centred performance practice of faivā centres Tongan philosophies of relational space and time; cross-pollinating ancient and everyday temporal practice to make visible the impact of climate crisis in the Pacific. She conducts urgent environmental movements and actions to create transformation in Oceania. Engaging in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class and the female body politic, she is committed to making minority communities visible in the frangipani-less foreground. In the near future she will return to her ancestral home and continue the ultimate faivā (performing art) of sea voyaging and celestial navigation before she becomes an ancestor.

PAST SESSIONS

FIRST ROUND

+ New South Wales / Victoria / Tasmania
Thursday 2 April, 09:00 AEDT
Hosts: Tristan Meecham & Bec Reid

+ Northern Territory
Thursday 2 April, 12:30 ACST
Hosts: Sarah Reuben & Johanna Bell

+ Western Australia
Thursday 2 April, 14:00 AWST
Hosts: Daisy Saunders & Alex Desebrock

+ South Australia
Friday 3 April, 10:00 ACDT
Hosts: Michelle Ryan & Roz Hervey

+ Queensland
Friday 3 April, 14:00 AEST
Hosts: Liesel Zink & Lenine Bourke

SECOND ROUND

+ Queensland
Wednesday 29 April, 12:30 AEST
Hosts: Fez Fa’anana & Neridah Waters

+ South Australia
Wednesday 29 April 15:00 ACST
Hosts: Andy Packer & Jacqy Phillips

+ New South Wales / Victoria / Tasmania
Thursday 30 April, 11:00 AEST
Hosts: Kate Sulan & Bron Batten

+ Western Australia
Friday 1 May, 12:00 AWST
Hosts: Sally Richardson & Kelli McCluskey

+ Northern Territory
Tuesday 5 May, 16:00 ACST
Hosts: Erica McCalman & Frankie Snowdon