EVENTS: ARTS & REFUGEES FORUM
19 Aug 2016 - 20 Aug 2016 | 8.30am - 5.45pm
Held over two days in August, the ARTS AND REFUGEES FORUM aims to connect people working in the intersection between arts and refugees, and provide a platform for greater networking and development opportunities.
Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the Arts and Refugees Forum also welcomes humanitarian and community development workers to share their experiences and discuss various aspects of artistic practice by, with and about refugees.
Attendance is free of charge. Click through to book now.
Download the program here
Speakers and Facilitators biographies download here
The Arts and Refugees Forum is an initiative developed by Settlement Services International’s (SSI) Arts & Culture Program in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and with the support of CuriousWorks.
WelcomeUncle Stephen Williams
Keynote: Artist in Focus Guo Jian, an exhibiting artist in Refugees, will share his views about the relationship between art practice and the notions of identity, exile and displacement.
Against the clock!
#1: War Child – a book presentation
#2: Heartdancers: Bringing Aboriginal and refugee artists together
#3: Strength and Resilience: An intergenerational oral history approach to refugee narratives. Speaker: Tim Carroll, Bankstown Youth Development Service
The dialectics of displacement: aesthetics, encounters and community arts practice
Mother’s Spice – A case study of community creativity
Origin-Transit-Destination: The challenges and obligations of non-refugee artists creating work with refugee artists.
Breakout one: The Confined Hearts Project (90 min)
Breakout two: Storytelling through photography (45 min)
Breakout three: Beyond Refuge (45 min)
Breakout four: Oral storytelling and the refugee community (45 min)
Breakout five: How can artists covertly express critical thought under repressive circumstances? (45 min)
Treehouse Theatre: Stories that heal
Young participants in Treehouse Theatre’s drama therapy program will welcome back Forum delegates with a short performance, followed by an insightful Q&A session about the group’s creative process.
Making art on equal terms
This panel will explore
questions including, how do artists from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds
gain access to employment and education opportunities? And, how do we, as arts
and community sector practitioners, foster an inclusive, diverse and welcoming
A Dance, A Funeral and A Wedding – Dance Africa Dance
A reflexive study about developing and programming an annual community showcase of African dance at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, Sydney, presented by Jiva Parthipan from the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
The New Beginnings Exhibition: mentorship and artist development
Artist Miriam Cabello will join with exhibiting artists to explore their experience participating in a 10-week mentoring program to develop works for the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival.
Breakout sessions (45 mins)
Breakout one: Real fiction
and real life
Breakout three: I heart my body
Against the clock!
#1: The silent past of the
#2: “Whispers in an
empty room” – an invitation
#3: “Cooling Conflicts”
Keynote: Artist in Focus
Join Saba Vasefi – poet, filmmaker and Asylum Seekers Centre Ambassador – as she discusses feminism in exile and intersectional discrimination, followed by a poetry reading and the screening of her short film Symphony of Strange Waters.
Wrap-up and event close
Phone02 9824 1121
EVENTS: ANZAC DAY CLOSURE
25 Apr 2018
9.00am - 5.00pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Bellbird will be closed for ANZAC Day (25 April). The centre will resume normal hours on Thursday, 26 April 2018.