GOOLWA GATHERING #3: (Kumuwuki / Big Wave):


The eighth Regional Arts Australia National Conference Kumuwuki / Big Wave will possibly go down in arts history as one of the best yet. Over four days representatives from Australia’s arts industry converged on Goolwa, South Australia to take part in Kumuwuki / Big Wave’s conference and artistic program. In total 555 delegates, 131 presenters and 189 artists rode the Kumuwuki wave, with over 100 volunteers giving their time to coordinate a staggering 111 sessions held in 28 venues in and around Goolwa.

The Coriolis Effect was given its own program within the conference and the 7 new works / experiential explorations by participating artists were placed around Goolwa for delegates to discover. Three Coriolis Effect artists also appeared on two panels around leadership.

The Projects
CORIOLIS CENTRAL by Jude Anderson & Krista Horbatiuk.
A WAKE by Susie Skinner.
THE PALACE OF NOTHING by Franca Barraclough.
KIT OUT AND UP by Tamara Marwood.
SNAPSHOT by Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy.

The Panel Sesssions
What does cultural leadership look like in a regional context?
What are the possibilities for cultural leadership within a regional environment? Especially ones in performance making and theatre, an art form that is rare in the cultural landscape in regional Australia?
Using examples drawn from recent recipients of the Australia Council’s Theatre Board’s Cultural Leadership Program Development grants as a starting point the panelists will explore the impact and value of cultural leadership, the achievements of those who have received these grants as a way of opening up the conversation to what else may be possible in cultural leadership.
What does a cultural leader looks like within their specific environment? What kind of activities would professionally develop these leaders?

Antonietta Morgillo – Chair, Program Manager, Theatre Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Suellen Maunder – Panellist, Artistic Director / CEO, Jute Theatre Company.
Rod Ainsworth – Panellist, Creative Producer for the Creative Capricorn Project and Co-Director of Creative Regions.
Krista Horbatiuk – Panellist, Associate Producer, Punctum Inc.
Steve Mayhew – Panellist, Artistic Director, Kumuwuki / Big Wave.

Audio of session "what does cultural leadership look like" (37MB .mp3 file)

Walking The Line
A facet of leadership is about being committed to taking risks. The work artists produce is the material of questioning and risk taking. Embracing uncertainty increases our capacity to turn a problem or crisis into an opportunity.
But there’s a tension between artistic risk and innovation, and accessibility and acceptance.
Drawing upon their personal experiences these four outstanding artists will reflect on how the tension between artistic risk taking and access and acceptance might strengthen arts practice and resilience in regional communities.

Sandy Verschoor – Chair, General Manager, City Culture and Community Services, Adelaide City Council.
Craig Walsh – Panellist, Projection Artist.
Alex Kelly – Panellist, Creative Producer, Big Hart.
Jude Anderson – Panellist, Artistic Director, Punctum Inc.
Sarah Last – Panellist, Director / Curator, The WIRED Lab.

Audio of session "walking the line" (32.5MB .mp3 file)

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