Creative Neighbourhood workshop (Sydney, Aug 2012)

Creative Neighbourhood workshop: Partnership models for Australian artists working in the Asia Pacific

6 August 2012 10am-5pm, The Gunnery, 43 – 51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

In recent decades, much has been done to ensure the respect for the cultural property of Aboriginal Australians. It is accepted that non-indigenous artists must obtain permission before incorporating any creative material into their work. But what those working about outside Australia? Creative engagement with the Asia Pacific region is encouraged, yet there are no standards by which artists can incorporate the cultural materials which inspire them. They risk being seen a colonists of the information economy, expropriating cultural resources from those who receive no benefit. What are the models for partnership by which Australian artists might enrich their work by working with others in the region?
This applies to artists who are:

  • Commissioning artisans
  • Documenting cultural events
  • Drawing inspiration from folk designs

The Creative Neighbourhood workshop aims to identify partnership models for Australian artists working in the Asia Pacific region. These models will be disseminated to the arts sector in Australia and be the subject for discussion at the ‘Make it New Again’ conference, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, 22-24 November, as part of the Sangam Project.
This workshop is for:

  • Artists working in the region
  • Specialists in arts law
  • Those promoting creative industry in Australia and the region

Participation is by invitation. Those interested in participating are invited to send a CV and a paragraph about why they’d like to participate to [email protected] by 30 June 2012.
This event is presented by National Association for the Visual Arts, Arts Law Centre of Australia, Asialink and Australia India Design Platform.