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What If Money Wasn’t The Currency? Arts Mildura

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Can we reconsider how and why we make art in the time of late capitalism and Covid-19?

Can an arts practice survive, let alone sustain exponential growth? How does an artistic work change if a large or intimate audience sees it, and whether or not they paid for it? How does demographic ‘box ticking’ force artists to represent themselves to potential buyers and funders? What work do you make for financial reward? What work do you make for other rewards? What other currencies are at play in your artistic practice?

Covid-19 has meant a huge loss of revenue, funding, opportunities, and access to audiences for artists. If art is, however, something we can’t imagine ourselves not doing – what next? In this panel discussion we will explore models and motivations for making art – without money as the currency.

This webinar is the second instalment in Arts Mildura’s workshop series for artists in our local and broader creative community. This event will be presented via Zoom: register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link to join the event. The last 20 minutes will be dedicated to questions from the audience.

Meet our panelists:

Creatrix Tiara (pronouns: ‘Tiara’ or they/them) gets up to shenanigans. Tiara has produced, performed, written, and created work that explores liminality, community, and identity through unexpected forms – a queer feminist stage magic and storytelling show, a Secret Society-themed Alternate Reality Game within a community arts festival, a collaborative production bringing together queer disabled artists from different artistic fields to make interdisciplinary work, and much more. This year, Tiara is bringing the hit video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Melbourne Fringe in an exciting, never-been-done-before way.

Debby Maziarz is a community arts and cultural development leader and creative entrepreneur who mentors artists, organisations and communities to create solid plans for resourcing their work. Renowned for unearthing innovative and ‘fundable’ ideas, Debby is driven to challenge the mindset that stops superstars from excelling. She’s also got a great track record in sourcing funds and building things from the ground up – including founding Melbourne’s Westside Circus and most recently a home-based arts residency program.

Mitch Jones is a physical performer and artistic provocateur creating shows that are thought provoking and playful, dynamic and disturbing, fierce and beautiful, queer and dangerous. In 2019 he premiered solo show AutoCannibal, described as ‘original, bold and disturbingly amusing … must see theatre’ (Theatre Press). As Captain Ruin he has performed around the world at fringe festivals, fetish clubs, music festivals and cabarets, including hosting the main circus stage at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performance (2015/2016), Australia’s Got Talent (2019), and Circus Oz (2017 – 2019). His articles have been published in print by Fluke Magazine, Voiceworks, and online by the Circus Talk industry journal.

Arts Mildura acknowledges Latji Latji, Ngiantait, Nyeri Nyeri, Wergaia and Paakantyi people as the traditional owners on whose land we work. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging; sovereignty has never been ceded.


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