Despite living in an age of uncertainty, Australia Council CEO, Adrian Collette is convinced that there is reason to be hopeful. His keynote address from Artstate Tamworth explains why. Below is an excerpt of his keynote:
At the Australia Council we’ve recently launched our new vision, Creativity connects us. Regardless of where we live, or where we’re going, or where we’re from, creativity connects us – to our First Nations heart, to over 75,000 years of living culture and knowledge and the country on which we are privileged to live.
Creativity connects us to the shared stories of millions of diverse peoples who now call Australia home; to the hundreds of communities across Australia and to a global community.
Our vision looks towards a creatively connected nation; towards greater health and wellbeing; towards future growth and prosperity.
And I am convinced that there is reason to be hopeful; because art can help us navigate these fluid times, through sharing the stories and experience of communities wrestling with change.
Arts and creativity bring people together – in rooms like this, across Australia, during the Small Halls festival. Art encourages long table conversations like the Corridor project in Cowra where artists have worked with shearers, wool classers, roustabouts documenting local stories and creating a new performance work that directly engages with the community for a community audience.
Art informs high table debates like at the Garma festival – Australia’s Indigenous equivalent of the World Economic Forum, where art and culture provide the evidence base for ambitious discussions about policy and ethics.
Our children, our next generations, are dealing with extreme uncertainty about the future of the world as we know it… In such times of environmental uncertainty art has a big role to play; art that drives new collaborations and brings unlikely people together to collaborate and address the problems that we collectively face. ...