Artists Salons

This is an open invitation for any artists and their friends on the Gold Coast to attend a monthly meeting where you’ll make new networks, collaborators and friends. The purpose is really to maintain an ongoing critical conversation about being a working artist. And the City of Gold Coast is committed to supporting the next generation of artists on the Gold Coast.

Artists Salons is a program of curated conversations designed to cover a range of topics relevant to making a sustainable career in the arts and cultural sectors. Each salon will be slightly different not only in focus but in format. Sometimes planned alongside an exhibition or performance or social networking event. Bring your colleagues, your collaborators, your friends or family. This salon series is for artists wanting to engage in a conversation about the artistic practices and also the arts management side of earning a living.

Lenine Bourke is the lead facilitator for each of these salons, and will be joined by a series of speakers from around Australia.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and City of Gold Coast

Calling all Writers – sending your story into the world

Thu 8 Aug, 5 – 7pm

How do you get your story ready to publish, or ready for the stage or screen? A career in writing can take many forms – it can be diverse and exciting, and take place individually or collaboratively, with audiences and readers engaging in different ways.

This Salon will bring together people working in different writing spaces – writing for readers, for performance, or interactive experience. The conversation will unpack the ways in which a writer can get their work from the computer screen or notebook and out into the world.

Speakers include Jill Eddington, Anisa Nandaula, Mirandi Riwoe and Andrea Lewis.

Facilitated by Lenine Bourke.

Anisa Nandaula – Poet, Playwright, co-Founder Voices of Colour

Anisa is the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and the 2018 XYZ innovation in spoken word champion. In 2019 she also published her debut poetry collection Melanin garden and embarked on a national book tour performing at Splendour in the Grass, Women of the world festival and the Queensland poetry festival. She is also a play writer and debuted her play “The grass is dead on the other side” at the Brisbane Powerhouse as a  part of the wonderland festival. In 2019 she will be releasing her second play “How to spell love” as the opening of the 2019 Queensland poetry festival. Alongside poetry and theatre, Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts organisation Voices of Colour which was created to elevate the stories of writers of colour.

Jill Eddington

With over four decades working in the arts and education, Jill Eddington is now a consultant to arts organisations and mentor to arts leaders. Jill has spent much of her working life in the literary sector and is an advocate for Australian writers and writing. Jill is best known for her roles as Director of Byron Writers Festival and Arts Practice Director, Literature at Australia Council for the Arts, 2013- 2017 and CEO at University of Queensland Press in 2017. Jill is currently a member of the Griffith Review Advisory Panel, a Board Member of NORPA and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland.

Mirandi Riwoe – Prose Editor, Peril Magazine

Info to come. 

Andrea Lewis – CEO/Director Somerset Storyfest

Info to come. 

Eats & Drinks before, during or after?

We highly recommend booking at our Café.

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