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Platform Paper #57 Launch: Cultural Justice & the Right to Thrive

  • Footscray Community Arts Centre 45 Moreland St Footscray VIC 3011 Australia (map)

Arts West, Big hART, Currency Press and Theatre Network Australia present the launch of award-winning writer, director and cultural activist Scott Rankin’s Platform Paper, Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive, the quarterly essay on the performing arts, published by Currency House.

In this talk, Scott, who is a powerful advocate for communities experiencing the effects of disadvantage, argues that culture is a human right and we must advocate for it with the full language of the law. Cultural Rights are as essential to our national wellbeing as health and education – if everyone is to have the right to thrive.

Featuring at the event are Ngarluma man Patrick Churnside alongside Yindjibarndi young leaders Maxie Coppin and Alison Lockyer, as well as artist and commentator David Pledger. Young women from Big hART’s Project O in Frankston will assist with the production of the event. Project O enables young women to be change-makers in communities affected by family violence.

Patrick Churnside is a Traditional Owner from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Language Groups and lives in Roebourne WA. Patrick is a gifted performer and has worked with Big hART leading intercultural workshops for many years. His acting credits include Tjaabi: Flood Country and Hipbone Sticking Out (Big hART) which toured to Perth, Canberra and Melbourne.

Max Coppin is a Yindjibarndi man from Roebourne WA. Max has been involved in Big hART projects for 8 years including performing in Tjaabi and Hipbone Sticking Out and collaborating on an interactive comic for iPad called NEOMAD. Max is in year 10 at Wesley College in Melbourne and is passionate about education and two way learning.

Alison Lockyer is a 17 year old Yindjibarndi young leader from Roebourne who has been involved in many projects with Big hART since she was 9 and is now a mentor for young women in her community.  Alison was the key representative from her community at family violence prevention art marathon Colourathon at the National Gallery of Australia in 2017, and is also featuring in the upcoming VR TV documentary ‘Future Dreaming’ created by Roebourne artist Sutu.

Join us for a drink (cash bar) and nibbles afterward in the Basement Theatre foyer.

WHEN: 6pm - 7pm, Friday 23rd November
WHERE: Basement Theatre, Footscray Community Arts Centre
COST: FREE Entry | $15 Platform Paper. (RRP $16.99) Pick-up on the night.


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