July 19, 2011

On the show this week (2)

Suffering for our Art? Achieving work/life balance in the ArtsJuly 2011

6.00-8.00pm, Monday 25 July 2011

Australia Council, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

A recent University of SA survey showed that most Australians are increasingly unhappy with the balance between work and life.

Working in the arts brings its own particular challenges. For artists it often means practicing their artform and working another job to earn a living. Arts managers are often in the position of working a fulltime job but then having to attend evening performances. Working in the arts can offer more flexibility but it can also be an area where the demands beyond office hours are extensive.

Is it harder to find a balance working in the arts? Do the rewards of doing a job that you’re passionate about make the juggle worthwhile? Or is that just a myth to keep us working harder and longer?

And then how do you manage all this when you have a family or other caring responsibilities.

Penny Miles discusses the challenges of juggling your art practice, work and family and the opportunities for arts organisations to meet the needs of their employees with a panel including artists, arts managers and a social policy academic.

The panel includes:

Teresa Bell is a writer, actor and director. Her play "Taizé" won the George Fairfax Award. She is Founding Director of the Australian Poetry Centre and her first book "36; formless writings" was released in 2009. She is currently doing a doctorate in Creative Writing at Wollongong University, falling in love with Elvis and being mum to a lively three year old and an incredibly busy six year old.

Her next book of poetry "Under a Nightingale's Wing" will be launched at the Byron Bay Festival in August.

She was also Artistic Director for Playworks and Mainstreet Theatre in Mt Gambier and was a producer for Performing Lines.

George Catsi has an extensive and diverse 25 year background that overlaps film, theatre, film business, health and education and is currently completing a Doctorate in Creative Arts at UTS. He is the 2010 Kit Denton Writing Fellowship winner for his satirical evangelical piece I Want to Be Slim. George has performed in comedy, cabaret, stage and TV.

As Executive Producer, he created RPAtv, an in-house health and wellbeing TV channel. RPAtv was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award in 2006. George originally trained as a nurse before moving into the arts.

From 1997-2001 George was Co-owner/Executive Producer of Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. He played a key role in restructuring and repositioning the Festival, achieving huge increases in audiences and building it into Australia's premier short film festival. In 2005 he was a juror for the 33rd International Emmy Awards and has been a pre-selector for various festivals including Flickerfest and Dendy Awards.

George has a partner and two children, both boys. He refuses his children pets.

Associate Professor Lyn Craig is Deputy Director at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales. She has researched work-family balance, the time impacts of children, parenthood and the gender division of labour over a period of ten years, using time use analysis as her primary methodology. Lyn has held a Time Use Fellowship from the Office of the Status of Women (2005-06), an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-09) and currently holds an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship (2010-14). She is a member of the NSW Premiers Expert Advisory Council for Women and the Australian Bureau of Statistics Gender Statistics Advisory Board, and is author of Contemporary Motherhood (Ashgate, 2007).


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FREE ENTRY for 2011 SAMAG Members / $10 for non-members / $5 for students. Please pay at the door - cash or cheque only.

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Monday 29 August, 3.30-7.00pm

THE POWER OF PEOPLE: ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR THE ARTS with Eliza Muldoon, an awarded lecturer at the School of Art History and Art Education within the College of Fine Arts (COFA). For further information visit SAMAG website.

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