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National Arts Summit 2013

29 January 2013

Arts Quest - Height and Hopes "Living and Learning Creatively - Shaping Our Future Together"

Cost: Adult: $55; Student (full time) $25, College Package (max. 30 students) $10
Location: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Date: Tuesday February 12 2013 - 09:00 - 15:00

Arts Quest - Heights and Hopes

The live-streamed Arts Quest – Heights and Hopes Summit will be held at the Australian National University, School of Music on 12 February 2013. The Summit will bring together three generations of artists – young and emerging, established, and senior artists and mentors to identify issues, aspirations, and solutions relating to arts practice and arts education in Australia. It is the perfect opportunity for you to be involved in this powerful, cultural debate with clear, pragmatic outcomes! Its theme, Living and Learning Creatively – Shaping Our Future Together, is to provide recommendations for the evolving National Cultural Policy, and to facilitate exciting mentoring opportunities for artists of all ages.

Robyn Archer will open the Summit and Peter Garrett will be the Keynote Speaker. Christopher Lawrence, one of Australia's most loved radio broadcasters, will be the MC and the Q&A Panel Facilitator at the event. Other speakers include: Professor David Throsby, Richard Gill, Professor Hugh Mackay (read in absentia), Lisa Colley, Don Aitkin, Monica Penders, and Professor Claudia Visca. Les Murray will read his poetry.

The Summit will conclude with an Artistic Production Thank you Canberra with tantalising performances. It is not to be missed!

The event is a collaboration between the Australian Talented Youth Project, The Australian National University and DEEWR, with the support from Canberra businesses.

To secure your place register online via Eventbrite: 

Other cultural events taking place around that time include: Toulouse - Lautrec Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Centenary Exhibition, National Multicultural Festival, Opera by Candlelight, Hotshop at Canberra Glassworks.


Theme: Living and Learning Creatively – Shaping Our Future Together

The Arts Quest – Heights and Hopes Summit is a one-day national event discussing the significance of the creative, visual, and performing arts in the context of enhanced general living and learning, and the challenges and aspirations across three generations of artists. This includes emerging artists, their education, access to resources, career building, and supportive networks. This summit is designed for anyone with a passion for the arts!

The Summit will cover the results of the National Arts Survey (please visit and will prepare key recommendations for the evolving National Cultural Policy. Please take a few minutes to complete this short, two-question survey – you will make a difference in shaping our artistic future!

Many talented artists will be performing throughout the day and at the Summit’s concluding showcase.

This event has been approved as part of the Canberra Centenary celebrations.

Aim: Provide recommendations related to young, established, and senior artists that would contribute to the evolving National Cultural Policy.

Objectives: To discuss the most important issues related to artists and the Arts in Australia today, with a projection of the artists’ aspirations for the future. To provide mentorship and collaboration opportunities across three generations of artists. To celebrate Canberra Centenary and the cultural resources offered by the National Capital.
The Summit will present and discuss the outcomes of a National Arts Survey being distributed to arts organizations and individual artists across all states and territories. It will be directed to three generations of arts lovers as well as patrons.

Please respond to two questions:

1. What do you perceive to be the biggest challenges for the artists and the arts today   (up to 5-points, word-limited answers, for each local and national perspective)

2. What changes would you like to see in the future, and how do you think they can be achieved? (up to 5-points, word-limited answers, for each local and national perspective)

Patrons are requested to be seated by 9:00am

9:05 – 9:08am       Welcome by the ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO

9:08 – 9:10am        Fanfare

9:10 – 9:15am        Opening – Robyn Archer AO

9:15 – 9:25am        Keynote Address by the Hon Peter Garrett

9:25 – 10:30am      Guest speakers including: Robyn Archer, Professor David Throsby, Richard Gill, Professor Hugh Mackay (read in absentia), Lisa Colley, Don Aitkin, Monica Penders, Professor Claudia Visca. Les Murray will read his poetry.             

10:30 – 10:40am    Blue Bird - dance performance by Liz Lea

10:40 – 11:00am    National Arts Survey results – presented by Deborah Stone, artsHub Australia

11:00 – 11:30am    INTERVAL (Morning tea with artistic surprises)

11:30 – 12:30pm    Q&A with Panel discussion  

12:30 – 1:25pm      Thank you Canberra - Artistic Production showcasing ATY Project alumni
and local/interstate talent

Dancers: Liz Lea, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Michael Smith, Alison Plevey, Treya Long, Katie Senior and Project Beats

Musicians: John Mackay (jazz sax player) and Contemporary Ensemble, Sidney Creswick, Kate Rafferty (soprano), Alision Laurens (violin), Roger Kong (piano), Veronica Bailey (percussion) and her students.
Combined choirs of the Canberra Choral Society, Llewellyn Choir, and Oriana Chorale.

1:25 – 1:30pm         Closing Session - Professor Peter Tregear, Head, the ANU School of Music
1:30 – 3.00pm         Networking, artistic surprises, meet the artists over lunch*

*Lunch available from Biginelli and food stations (not included in registration)

Throughout the day there will feature miniature artistic surprises to creatively engage and inspire the participants during tea and lunch breaks.

Register via Eventbrite:


Several strong connections exist between the ATY Project and the planned event:

1. The whole event is a significant learning opportunity for young, emerging artists. The content and the procedures involved can be seen as part of a higher order mentoring process for all young people involved. They will have experience of and gain insights into the real, big world of the arts and artists, and issues important to their future education and career paths. They will also be inspired and encouraged by great speakers at the event.

2. Large parts of the program specifically refer to young people – their needs and aspirations evident through the survey and presented by artsHub Australia.

3. The Summit will provide mentorship opportunities for emerging young artists with established and senior artists.

4. Artistic performances by the ATY Project alumni, with inclusion of other young artists.



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