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3 stand out performances worth having FOMO over

Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO, is rife in the arts. There is a lot of activity across greater Western Sydney and NSW, which means that getting to everything is just not humanly possible. I know because on more than one occasion I have tried. Read More

ARTEXPRESS returns to Campbelltown Arts Centre after a 17 year hiatus

It has never been made public why ARTEXPRESS ceased touring to Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) after the year 2000. The only evidence of the decision was its absence from the Friend’s Journal in subsequent years. The return of the exhibition, which exhibits major works from HSC visual arts students, has filled a critical gap in C-A-C’s program, where young people are given wall space once a year as a part of the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize. Read More

Art prize honours legacy of innovation in South West Sydney

Innovation is broadly defined as new ideas, methods or products. This is true in the arts, where it can also refer to new ways of seeing society, or methods of engaging with ideas and knowledge. Read More

Storyteller in Chief: Bilal Hafda on the power of words

For those who are yet to cross paths with Bilal, you might soon because his presence in Western Sydney and beyond is only going to increase. I first met Bilal when he was performing as a part of Night Sky at Bankstown Arts Centre in early 2017. He is eloquent with words, deliberate in his delivery and an all-round great human being doing youth work.

The Sydney Story Factory is opening up an office in Western Sydney and the Bankstown Poetry Slam regular is going to be the Storyteller in Chief. We took some time out to have a chat about his new role, turning passions into careers and the power of storytelling. Read More

Beyond Tick Boxes: You can contribute to a more diverse arts sector

Beyond Tick Boxes (2017). Image courtesy of Diversity Arts Australia. Photo by Chris Woe.

Beyond Tick Boxes (2017). Image courtesy of Diversity Arts Australia. Photo by Chris Woe.

Paula Abood once said that ‘every system has cracks. You have to find the cracks and fill them. If you fill them with enough colour then that system falls.’ Read More

Shivanjani Lal: Sometimes making work is about sitting with an idea

When she settled into her assigned seat last month, artist Shivanjani Lal knew she wouldn’t be returning to the family home in Lidcombe for at least another 12 months. She is off to India to pursue her Post Graduate Diploma and a project she has been working towards for the past three years. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Shivanjani before she left to talk about what the year ahead holds. Read More

7 things you need to know about the future of arts media and how you can influence it

The arts sector is not well equipped for the digital era. Read More

7 key takeaways from Beyond Tick Boxes

Attaining greater representation of culturally diverse practitioners in the arts has been a 30 year conversation. Research by the Australia Council for the Arts (AUSCO) demonstrates that the arts sector is less diverse than the rest of the Australian workforce.  Only 8% of professional artists come from culturally diverse backgrounds. That’s rather embarrassing for a sector that promotes cultural inclusion and diversity. Read More

Tribunal | Realities of the refugee crisis

*Two stamps of the foot.*

All rise.

TRIBUNAL— Rhonda Dixon Grovenor —credit Alex Wisser — lowres(1)

Image courtesy of PYT | Fairfield. Photo by Alex Wisser.

If participatory theatre is not your thing, the gesture from the stage insisting that the audience stand may have momentarily caused discomfort. You have bought yourself a seat in the people’s tribunal, where Welcome to Country is not a scripted formality, but a genuine gesture incorporated into the first scene of the production. Read More

A new initiative by WestWords will create working space for writers. The Western Sydney Writer’s Rooms have been realised with the support of Create NSW, as a part of their Making Spaces initiative announced this year. Making Spaces responds to the growing demand for studio space for creatives of all forms across Western Sydney.

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Slam poetry delivers some ‘Real Talk’

ICYMI (in case you missed it) slam poetry is in and here to stay. Read More

Made in the West: A night for local Filmmakers

Before they take on the major film festivals or stages of the world every filmmaker, actor, producer or sound engineer starts off somewhere local. Here they have the opportunity to experiment, refine their craft, find their voice and perhaps most importantly, build a supportive network and audience for their work. One day, with hard work and persistence, these individuals become respected industry leaders and household names.  Read More