Creative dialog on podcast for local artists

Wollongong City Council has released the final episode of its Creative Dialogue series for young and emerging artists, arts workers, professional creatives and arts-related organisations. Initially planned as a series of live talks with industry experts in a variety of creative fields, the talks morphed into a collection of podcasts in response to the pandemic.

The free podcasts aim to deliver insight into the behind the scenes of creative industries, help inform the listener of ways to upskill and learn of new approaches to growing their professional practices and how to make an impact from within them.

The podcasts have been an impressive collaboration with 30 guests featuring in the series hosted by music composition and radio artist, Tom Hogan.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the pandemic has been difficult for many industries, including the creative arts.

“These live talks turned podcasts are another way in which we’ve looked to support artists and inspire the greater arts community with interesting perspectives and potentially new knowledge in these difficult times,” he said.

“The podcasts are wonderful not just for their content, they stay tangible beyond a single talk, and are a valuable ongoing resource for our creative community.”

The last episode of the series Inclusive Arts – Access and Advocacy, has also been produced with an accompanying captioned and Auslan interpreted video of the panel discussion to facilitate a broader and more inclusive audience. The Auslan video is a first for any of Council’s podcasts.

The podcast’s episode themes are:

  • New Media and Creative Technologies – Connecting the Arts, Technology and Society: This podcast focuses on traditional arts practitioners wanting to upskill, along with science / engineering / education specialists who are keen to bridge the creative gap. Find out about experience and interaction design, programming electronics and collaborative multi-media creative practice and how you can get involved.
  • Joy and Mess – Sparking Young Imagination Through the Arts:
    This session is for creatives already working with young children and those thinking about broadening their offer to engage with the early years.
  • The State of Dance – Local and Global Professional Practice: This panel discussion brings together contemporary dance leaders in conversation and asks how can we nurture a professional dance industry locally through collaboration, inventiveness and creative advocacy, and how can we make those important connections nationally and beyond?
  • Getting it Out There – Producing, Touring and Exhibiting Your Content:
    Leaders from theatre, performance and the visual arts (gallery-based and public exhibition) discuss the joys, challenges and logistics of producing, touring and exhibiting their own creative projects in this two-part podcast.
  • The Music Entrepreneur: A discussion on the emerging, the established and the creative entrepreneurs who are carving out unique careers, and what it means to be a professional musician in an Australian context.
  • Writing for Work – Forging a career through local and national opportunities: This session asks “How does the publishing sector work and how can writers thrive within the Australian literacy industry?” The discussion also looks at smaller publishing houses versus larger players and how to stay creative, experimental and focused.
  • Inclusive Arts – Access and Advocacy: This session focuses on advancing the rights of, and opportunities for, people with disability and/or who are deaf, to develop and sustain professional careers in the arts and have equitable access to arts and culture across NSW.

    Each of the episode are now all available for you to listen to on iTunes, Spotify or Deezer, or by following the podcast’s channel. Details on the guests for each podcast are also available on Council’s website.

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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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