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Arts Leading in Bleak Times - Emerging Leaders Panel

SAMAG, in partnership with Octapod and The Business Centre will present a conversation about building the capacity of our creative community and working together in an increasingly turbulent and uncertain environment for artists and arts organisations.


Date:                                 Friday 2 December 2016

Time:                                 6pm

Where:                              Catapult Dance Studio, 880 Hunter St, Newcastle West

Admission:                       Free RSVP here


Gina Fairley (Chair) Visual Arts, National Editor, ArtsHub

Jess Duncan, Program Manager, Beyond Empathy Moree

Gemma Parsons, Program Manager, Beyond Empathy Illawarra

Cadi McCarthy, Director, Catapult Dance, Newcastle

Amy Hardingham, Co-Artistic Director, Tantrum Youth Arts Newcastle.



Our speakers will discuss:

  • career advancement – and the ceiling that is placed on opportunity when organisations face constant turmoil from threats to funding
  • how to manage morale - and lack thereof
  • how to build resilience
  • finding optimism
  • resourcefulness and how to look outside the mainstream funding square
  • how arts leaders could benefit from stepping outside silos and gaining strength through collaboration and group mentoring
  • the value of an experienced mentor who has trodden the traps before you
  • conventional and unconventional training opportunities to build leadership and career advancement opportunities
  • activism – how best to protest about funding cuts. Does kicking and screaming pay off in the end?


Drinks and Networking: This event will be followed with a chance to let your hair down and make some of those connections you’ve been meaning to make all year! Join us for drinks (by donation) RSVP Here

 This event is presented by Octapod and The Business Centre in partnership with SAMAG as part of the Smart Arts program in Newcastle. Smart Arts is an initiative of Octapod and The Business Centre, supported by the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) program, an Australian Government initiative, that supports the creative industries in Newcastle and the Hunter region. The program provides business and professional skills development as well as networking and collaboration opportunities for the Hunter region’s emerging and established artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionals, managers and leaders.