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01 Mar 20213pm-5pm

Working in the Arts Industry: Panel & Free Industrial Advice Clinic

If you work in the Arts, or if you value the role that art has in your life, come along to this event!

Working in the arts event

About this event

We all rely on the Arts.

Stories, songs, shows, paintings and other art forms keep us entertained, bring us joy and help us to make sense of our lives.

As COVID has challenged each and every one of us, we have relied on the Arts even more during lockdowns where everyone turned to the Arts for comfort.

But what about the workers who rely on this sector to make a living?

Artists and everyone who works behind-the-scenes in arts and entertainment have been hard hit by loss of work due to COVID. People who work in the arts are often in insecure, low-paid work.

Join the Working Women’s Centre at the start of Mad March for a discussion with some wonderful workers in the Arts sector. We’ll talk about how COVID has impacted the Arts and why the Arts are so important.

We’ll also hear from the Working Women’s Centre about how you can protect your workplace rights in the Arts, and there will be a free advice clinic afterwards for any workers in need of free industrial advice about work.

If you work in the Arts, or if you value the role that art has in your life, come along to this event!

This is a free event, but registration is essential for COVID safe purposes.

We acknowledge that this event will stream from Kaurna land and we pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past and present . Sovereignty was never ceded.

Our panelists

Gemma Beale is a writer and PhD Candidate at The Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University. Her PhD is a worker-focused study exploring the relationship between precarious employment, transition programs, and industry closure. She has written for The Adelaide Review, The Conversation and The Advertiser. She worked in the South Australian arts, women’s and community sectors for almost a decade. She has a passion for economic justice, clear thinking, thoughtful conversation and accessible, feminist good times.

Letisha Ackland is a Proud Gugada (Kokatha), Wirangu and Mirning from Ceduna in the Far West Coast of South Australia. Her drive and passion is to create opportunities for First Nations people to connect, share and mentor, leading to the creation of her company, Balya Productions. An extensive background in production and event management and tours across Australia places her in a strong position to deliver anything she sets her mind on. With close to 10 years of employment in major events in South Australia and interstate, Letisha is ready to take a strong leadership position and act as a role model to others from community.

Emma Webb is a curator, producer and activist. Working across independent projects, small-to-medium organisations and festivals, she has focused on commissioning, developing and producing socially engaged and experimental art projects. She has been Director at multidisciplinary arts organisation Vitalstatistix, based in Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta, since 2010. With Vitals some of her recent focuses include curating a five-year climate change program called Climate Century. Each year she curates an annual national arts lab called Adhocracy. She is also focused on supporting feminist and queer art works and artists. She is now commencing a multi-year commissioning project about art, labour and the future of work, called Bodies of Work. Emma is a member of the executive committee of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia, as well as being involved in local politics in her home community, the proud union city of Port Adelaide.

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