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November 18, 2019

DAY 2 COMMUNICATING THE ARTS SYDNEY 2019

Walking to the museum, I pass an old tree full of memories and stories


As I reflect on the second day of the conference I am, at the same time, aware of the bush fires that continue to burn around us: the air is potent even in downtown Sydney.  There was always a ritual of burning by our First Nations peoples, and yesterday in his keynote, cultural leader Wesley Enoch clarified that it was done in a way that...

November 15, 2019

CONFERENCES:

WHY WE ATTEND,

WHY WE STAY AND

WHAT WE LEAVE WITH…

Wesley Enoch speaks at Agenda's Communicating the Arts Sydney 

DAY ONE: COMMUNICATING THE ARTS, SYDNEY MARITIME MUSEUM

12TH NOVEMBER, 2019

Why do we attend conferences anyway? We all have our reasons. Some people do not need a rigorous list of reasons: work pays the registration fee and it’s a few days away from the office. Not always easy returning to a full mailbox, a host of meetings and...

November 2, 2019

We are multiple beings and as such can always see a situation with new eyes, if only we will let ourselves...

July 4, 2019

 Readjusting to life back home...I arrived back in Brisbane 24 hours ago, after nearly 4 months away. Sitting on my verandah with my dogs around me, a hot cup of black coffee, and choral music playing, I fall into a reflective state of mind. Not dark as in bad, but dark as in mysterious. One of the books that sticks out from the others on the shelf is "Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration and the Artistic Process" edited by Joe Fassl...

June 19, 2019

Looking out on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, June 2019

Photo by Bill Ash

JUNE 19TH, 2019

LETTER TO MY ARTISTS

Dear Artists,

My greatest teachers are my partner Bill, my children and grandchild. It was my third child, Micci, who reminded Bill and I of the importance of Stoicism, a philosophical school founded around 300BC, yet still extremely relevant to living the best version of ourselves at the same time as doing excellent work. This is the premis...

June 1, 2019

After two months and 24 artists, it is time to return home. I'm sitting in a train between Tampere and Helskinki thinking about what just happened. It was a whirlwind of conversations, activities, meditation, walking, dreaming and eating. Of deep philosophical conversations and whimsy. Of Finnish movies and silent days.

Above is a picture of my studio, where the ideas were formed, art was created, dreams were hatched and creative conversations occu...

May 12, 2019

Forests. Changing seasons. Slowing down. Walking. Reading. Researching. Teaching. Learning. Facilitating. Cooking. Walking. Conversing. Playing. Meditating. Yoga Soul. Walking. 

I am here at Arteles Creative Center in the middle of Finland to facilitate the practice of a new way of flowing with one’s artistic and sometimes challenged ways of being in this world.   Our first adventure must be in the forest. Finns adore the forest and so, because we...

March 31, 2019

"Sitting, Sun soft and cool

So unlike my Queensland air".

I'm sitting on a wooden wharf looking at the melting snow, thinking of the seasons and how everything changes. We cannot hold on to spring or summer or autumn or winter.  Change is ceaseless. But we can experience all four seasons at four different times and we can translate those seasons into life cycles.

It used to be there were three, what P.L. Travers (writer of Mary Poppins) called "Nymph...

March 24, 2019

Multitasking in the theatre:

Phil Miolin (who runs the fabulous theatre program at Curtin University) talks to future students at Open Day as we bump in This Silent Thing

Leah Mercer (my collaborator of 17 years) and I are in the middle of writing an article about our latest work, to be published by Taos Institute.  We thought you may like to read a small scene used in a playshop that we hosted in Cancun, Mexico, November 2018.

We began this project...

March 11, 2019

One of my most favourite activities is collage, but only AFTER the vacuuming has been done and kitchen duties are finished. I took this photo on the weekend after trying to find a place on my walls (the kitchen bench had to do) for my latest collage: when I collage my intention is not to create art. It is to create a landscape for meaning making. Here I have enlarged the collage score (what I will work with) by taking the photo of the surroundings...

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