Future Forward: watch the best of the 2020 symposium for graduates entering the creative industries
Future Forward is a week-long online symposium, designed to support graduating students with the skills they need to transition into creative industries, with a COVID-19 focus. The program features workshops, discussions, and tutorials designed to inspire, motivate and inform the next steps of our graduates' career journeys. We are delighted to share some of our favourite panel discussions from Future Forward 2020 below, which took place from 27–31 July.
The Future of Creative Industries
A panel discussion featuring Dr Caitlin Vincent, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development Tiriki Onus and Associate Professor Kenny McAlpine
Moderated by Susan Eldridge
Associate Professor Kenny McAlpine, Tiriki Onus and Dr Caitlin Vincent discuss the state of creative industries, and the challenges they face. In a post-COVID world, what might the future of creative industries look like, and what possibilities and challenges lie ahead?
Resilience and Adaptability: How to Graduate in the Middle of Global Pandemic
In discussion with Lou Wall, Tahlee Fereday, and Pavan Dutta
VCA alumni Lou Wall (BFA Acting), Tahlee Fereday (BFA Acting) and Pavan Dutta (BFA Screenwriting) discuss how to survive and thrive as an artist amidst a global pandemic. From Zoom auditions and Instagram live shows to online networking and securing an agent, this panel will equip you with everything you need to know about how to best adapt your practice for an industry on pause.
Something for All of Us: How to Create Accessible, Safe and Welcoming Spaces
A panel discussion hosted by Kristie Walker. Facilitated by The Push.
This panel looks at the principles and actions which give life to culturally and practically accessible, safe and welcoming spaces. Facilitated by Kristie Walker, our diverse group of artists, arts workers and events professionals will talk through their stories and top tips on how you can facilitate a space that welcomes all.
Introducing the Arts Wellbeing Collective
Hosted by Tracy Margieson, Arts Wellbeing Collective
Creativity requires vulnerability, innovation, energy, and commitment. Self-care and maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing is essential in this, but is often easier said than done. The pressures of the performing arts industry are well-known, and those pressures can impact our mental health. This session explores how to take simple, effective and meaningful steps towards self-care, with a particular focus on maintaining positive mental health when transitioning into the industry.
The Other Plan A
Alumni panel discussion featuring GG McGauran, Keith Brockett, and Hannah Pelka-Caven
Convened by Susan Eldridge
About to graduate? Wondering how to pursue your passion AND pay your rent? Join GG McGauran, Keith Brockett and Hannah Pelka-Caven in an honest and thought-provoking discussion about the unexpected and multi-faceted paths their careers have taken. Speaking from combined experience across advertising, television, industry advocacy and more, the Other Plan A panellists unpack their professional journeys and reflect on their unique approaches to balancing creative projects and practical responsibilities.
Take stock of your own skill set and be inspired by the ambition, resilience, and ingenuity of their stories. An important discussion for anyone navigating their professional journey in these uncertain times.
From Real Life to Online – A Conversation on Live Streaming
A creative industries and tech discussion facilitated by The Push
Recent changes to how we experience arts and culture has brought about the rise of livestreamed events. With experience across two major livestreamed music festivals – Isol-Aid and Delivered, Live – Shannen Egen and Leigh Treweek bring a wealth of knowledge to the table on what has worked, what has not, and ideas around what the future of experiencing art from home might look like.
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music would like to acknowledge that Future Forward is inspired by Future/Forward, NAVA's biennial national arts summit.