Presented as part of Bleach Festival 2021 and in partnership with Griffith University, we are proud to present the next chapter in our series, ‘A Better Future For All’, presented by Kerry O’Brien – a special conversation with Rhoda Roberts AO and Wesley Enoch AM about the power of cultural expression in shaping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understanding and knowledge, and the role of arts outlets in amplifying Indigenous voices.
Thanks to the efforts of innovators such as Rhoda and Wesley, the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in the global sphere has grown exponentially over the course of a generation. By working hard to expand the impact of Indigenous artists in the public consciousness, increased cultural expression has led to a greater understanding of First Nations heritage and experience. In turn, this is now shaping the way rich and vibrant Indigenous stories are showcased and recontextualised for new audiences.
A pioneer in the arts world, Rhoda has been instrumental in breaking down cultural barriers and bringing contemporary First Nations works to the world’s stage. Rhoda’s role in recognising disparities in the creative sector and creating meaningful ways to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives to the forefront of public consciousness has made her one of Australia’s most significant arts practitioners.
Wesley is driven to create artistic opportunities to contribute to Australia’s national discourse and get audiences thinking and talking. In his 25 years as an arts leader, he has been a major driving force behind boosting the power of Indigenous voices through creative works that add to the national conversation with a unique First Nations perspective. Join these change makers in a lively discussion on how enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices can have a flow on effect for cultural understanding, and what steps we need to take to ensure the preservation and advancement of First Nations cultures.
Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021 by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Griffith University