Women in Leadership - diversity in the arts

Women in Leadership - diversity in the arts

WA
Nov 9
Join esteemed leaders as they examine the challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion in the arts sector, in CEDA WA's final 2018 Women in Leadership event.

Speakers

Helen Cook, Chair, Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia
Wendy Martin, Artistic Director, Perth Festival
Sam Walsh AO, Chair, Australian Council for the Arts
Clare Watson, Artistic Director, Black Swan State Theatre Company

Event overview

Perth Festival’s Artistic Director, Wendy Martin, has an esteemed career in the arts and culture sector. Her professional achievements include being the founding curator of Message Sticks Indigenous Arts Festival, and creating the acclaimed disability arts festival Unlimited which celebrates disability arts and culture. Wendy will discuss the power of diversity to disrupt, influence, inspire and contribute to WA’s arts sector and economy more broadly.

Sam Walsh AO, Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, has a wealth of experience in senior and cultural leadership roles in performing arts organisations, art galleries, cultural philanthropy and arts advocacy. His presentation will examine the role of leadership in embracing diversity in the arts.

Black Swan State Theatre Company Artistic Director, Clare Watson, is the only female Artistic Director in Australia for a major performing arts group company. Identified as one of Australia’s most exciting theatre talents with an eye for innovative theatre, she has worked with many of Australia’s major companies and festivals. Clare is passionate about representing a diversity of voices and stories on the WA stage and will provide insights into how Black Swan is embracing diversity through its programming and performers.

With a respected history in the arts sector, Helen Cook is currently Councillor of the National Art Gallery of Australia, Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and serves on the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel. Helen’s presentation will draw on current research for women in arts leadership roles and discuss gender pay gap statistics.

Meet the speakers

Helen Cook
Chair, Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia

Helen is currently Councillor of the National Art Gallery of Australia, Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and serves on the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel. Helen has also served as Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Director of the Perth Theatre Trust, Director of the Cruthers Foundation for Women’s Art and Council Member of FutureNow the Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council and Member of the Friends of the Perth Festival Council.

Wendy Martin
Artistic Director, Perth Festival

Wendy Martin, Artistic Director of Perth Festival, has delivered three acclaimed festivals in 2016, 2017 and 2018. These have been widely praised for their passionate sense of social and moral purpose, high quality and deep connections. In 2017 more than 36,000 people attended 250 free and ticketed events. She has introduced successful audience development strategies including Festival Connect, a wide-ranging program of progressive collaboration across the arts, education and broader community. She initiated a Disability Arts program that has made the Festival a vital point of connection for the Australian and international disability arts community.

Sam Walsh AO
Chair, Australian Council for the Arts

Sam Walsh is Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, a Non-Executive Director of the board of the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. He is also Chair of the Accenture Global Mining Council (UK), the Perth Diocesan Trust, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA Ops).   A strong supporter of the arts, Sam was awarded honorary life membership of the Western Australian Chamber of Arts and Culture. In 2014 he was appointed a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation (UK). 
 

Clare Watson
Artistic Director, Black Swan State Theatre Company

Clare commenced in the role of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in October 2016 and made her directorial debut with Let the Right One In (2017).  In 2018 she directed The Events, (including a regional eastern state tour), You Know We Belong Together, a co-production with Perth Festival and DADAA and FITTER.FASTER. BETTER. for Awesome Festival.  Clare is a graduate of Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a trained teacher having worked in high schools in Victoria for 15 years and was also Education Manager at Malthouse Theatre.  Clare was Female Director-in-Residence at Malthouse Theatre and is a MTC Women Directors Program alumna.
 

Supported by CEDA members

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