Season One

Recorded and released in 2019

Steaphan Paton

In our first episode of season one, we speak with artist Steaphan Paton about what informs his approach to his practice. Steaphan shares how he structures his time to be in a continual process of making

Yandell Walton

In episode two, we speak with Yandell Walton about her journey into working with digital media both within and outside of the gallery. Yandell shares stories of being driven and relentless to pursue your career and constantly innovate in your practice

Kevin Chin

In the third installment of season one, we speak with Kevin Chin about his experiences from art school to being represented by galleries in both Melbourne and Sydney. Kevin shares challenges he has had to and continues to overcome, and how he addresses structural inequality within his painting practice

Anusha Kenny

In episode four we speak with independent arts writer and lawyer Anusha Kenny. Anusha talks us through how she made her way in to both the arts and the law and how she makes time to continue her writing practice while working as a Policy Lawyer for the Sentencing Advisory Council

Michael Candy

In episode five with artist Michael Candy we discuss the practicalities of creating while traveling, avoiding your practice being pigeonholed by labels, and time/money balance

Bridie Gillman

In episode six of season one, we talk with artist Bridie Gillman about her painting, sculpture and photography practice. We talk about what we wish we learnt in school, about separating your work/studio life, and as always, emails emails emails

Lynda Roberts

In episode seven, with Artist and Public Art wizard Lynda Roberts, we discuss burnout, workaholism, big pivot points, architecture and design, alternative health practices, the importance of patience, and working collaboratively in art and love

Arie Rain Glorie

In episode eight with artist and curator Arie Rain Glorie we discuss routines, relationships, the importance of friends, the impact of theatre on Arie’s view on visual art, festivals, community art, and the importance of making mistakes. He has affirmed that indeed, he’s chowing croissants for breakfast now.

Kelly Fliedner

In episode nine, we speak with writer and curator Kelly Fliedner about how showing up, being nice to people and not instrumentalising relationships goes a long way; about not being strategic, and the pros and cons of an early (night time!) start to the day

Sydney College of the Arts, exhibtion, alumni, scholarship

Salote Tawale

In the finale of season one we talk with artist Salote Tawale about structuring your time, how to get better at writing grant applications, shaking things up by moving interstate, the influence of heritage, and the benefits of ice cream breaks and yum cha

Season Two

Recorded and released 2019

James Nguyen

In our debut episode of season two, we talked with artist James Nguyen about his career, getting around with institutions and being strategic

Jenna Pippett

In episode two we have our discussion with Artist and Arts Worker Jenna Pippet (live via telephone where Jenna is a volunteer at the 2019 Venice Biennale) about the weird place between emerging and mid-career, netball, family, and ~secret service documents~

Torika Bolatagici

In episode three we speak with Mother, Artist and Educator Torika Bolatagici about Family, teaching professional practice, her early beginnings in photography, and the importance of community

Karena Keys

In episode four we chat with Artist and Arts Worker Karena Keys via telephone about working in the arts, the importance of teamwork in raising a family, having an arts practice and a job, choosing your friends and finding your people

Katie West

In episode five we talk with Artist Katie West about collaboration, processes and workspaces and how to think about utilising diminishing resources in your practice

Sarah Werkmeister

In episode six we do a deep dive with Arts Writer (Radio Presenter? Bookbinder? Cheesemaker? Zine Producer?) Sarah Werkmeister about rage as a resource, QLD politics and the challenge of working in the industry with an ongoing medical condition

Kate Power

In episode seven we talk to Artist and Art Writer Kate Power about imagination, drinking and dancing as a resource, swimming, studio time and going at your own pace

Sara Lindsay

In episode eight talk with Artist, Curator and Educator Sara Lindsay about career, mental illness, the changes in how we talk about immigration, and everything textiles

Sibyl Kempson

In episode nine we chat with New York based artist, writer, playwright, performer and director/creator of 7 Daughters of Eve Theatre & Performance Company Sibyl Kempson about growing up, mythology, non-hierarchical collaboration, prioritising your to do list to reflect your life goals, and Louise Hay (a lot)

Christina Hayes Haley

On our final episode of the season, year and decade (!) we speak with Artist, Curator, Theatre Designer, Educator and New Mother Christina Hayes Haley about working with family, moving continents, working across disciplines, womens health, and resources, resources, resource

How Are You Today?

Recorded and released throughout 2020
In our series How Are You Today? we check in on artists in the community and chat about how they are navigating life and their practice since the outbreak of coronavirus. In our first episode of the series we chat about where we are at and our hopes for the future.
How Are You Today? is generously supported by the City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants

Kiera and Nick

In our series How Are You Today? we check in on artists in the community and chat about how they are navigating life and their practice since the outbreak of coronavirus. In our first episode of the series we chat about where we are at and our hopes for the future.

Bonnie Lane

In episode two of How Are You Today we talk to Bonnie Lane about how she is navigating working and creating during the Coronavirus crisis. Bonnie talks to us about how she had to quickly decide to return to Melbourne, leaving her home and work in New York. Bonnie continues to teach art to school children in New York from her current location in Melbourne and is settling into a new studio as she prepares for a solo performance.

Amelia Wallin

In episode three we speak with mother and arts worker Amelia Wallin about working from home with her young child, directing West Space through the pandemic, preparing for and providing new opportunities for artists and having a time of pause to pull back to reflect on what our arts community needs in this time.

Josephine Mead

In episode four artist Josephine Mead talks us through her decision to leave Berlin mid residency to return to Melbourne. Josephine shares projects and artists that are providing her with inspiration during this time and discusses her new drawing project and research project which she has been creating throughout her time isolating in Melbourne.

Jessie Scott

In episode five Jessie Scott touches base with us and discusses a range of topics including home schooling, babysitting swaps, structuring your weeks in isolation, adapting a project and the cultural significance of sourdough at this time. Jessie shares how being in lockdown has affected her PHD studies, adjusted her expectations of public outcomes and how the global pandemic is making her feel more connected to friends, family and colleagues across the world.

Jeremy Eaton

In episode six Jeremy Eaton joins us on the line to chat about where he is finding himself in the midst of easing restrictions and what life is looking like as we emerge from isolation. We all share our concerns about the difficulties emerging artists are going to face over the coming year and Jeremy shares how he is finding hope in maintaining and supporting friends and our arts community.

Lauren Dunn

In episode seven we call Artist Lauren Dunn and check in with how her week has been going. Lauren chats about how her students have adapted to learn online, having major shows postponed and how she has found herself with more time to experiment and be proactive within her practice. Lauren speaks about how doubt can be constructive in re-evaluating our intentions and motivations as artists.

Lara Chamas

In episode eight artist and researcher Lara Chamas joins us on the show and shares putting her practice on pause, caring for family and questioning what art is for. We discuss why it takes a pandemic for government to take note and express care for vulnerable communities; and how as artists we don’t want to work in competition against each other, but support each other and our communities.

Sam Petersen

In episode nine Sam Petersen joins us to discuss her worries about being in hospital without access to PPE and familiar support workers, and the visibility of people with a disability. Sam shares current projects she is working on at home exploring themes of slow violence.

Amaara Raheem

In episode ten dance artist Amaara Raheem talks to us today about online workshops and a residency at Blindside she has been undertaking during isolation. Amaara shares with us her concerns about the increasing of costs for arts degrees and how this will affect who can access education, and shares where she is finding hope and healing in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sophia Cai

In episode eleven curator and writer Sophia Cai joins us on the podcast and talks to us about her challenges with motivation, how she is rethinking productivity, and the unrealistic expectations and outcomes placed on artists and arts workers. Sophia talks about a holistic approach in addressing global issues which affect the arts and imagining what kind of arts industry she wants to be part of in the future.

Jake Preval

In episode twelve Jake Preval joins us to share how he’s spending his time in isolation including learning to play the harp and making feijoa jam. We discuss mental health, not saying yes to everything, getting excited about going to galleries again and radical re imagining of what kind of society we want to return to.

Channon Goodwin

In episode thirteen artist and arts worker Channon Goodwin talks to us about having time to reflect on “toxic aspects of normality”, Australia having a work ethic that is often unproductive, the sustainability of working in the arts and acknowledging support networks and privilege. Channon shares how Bus Projects has been affected by Covid-19 and lets us know about his project Composite: Moving Image Agency.

Kevin Chin

In episode fourteen Kevin Chin shares with us how coronavirus has caused him to postpone exhibitions, made future sales unpredictable, the benefits of quick response grants and learning new ways to promote and present your work online. Kevin shares his worries about the state of the world and his hopes for the continued spotlight on Black Lives Matter movement both Internationally and in Australia, hoping there will be positive outcomes and change.

Stephen Palmer

In episode fifteen Stephen Palmer joins us on the line and shares the changes to his day to day life, the frustrating and rewarding aspects of home schooling, his work creating a new artist union, how his students are adapting to change, not knowing how to feel in these unclear times and finding hope in seeing the support across community.

Laura Castagnini

In episode sixteen Laura Castagnini talks with us about her time in hotel quarantine, staying with parents while in isolation, spending time throwing pottery, visiting Leigh Bowery’s grave, and apprehensions about returning to London, where she works as an Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate.

Amrita Hepi

In episode seventeen Amrita Hepi chats with us about postponing work, experiencing both personal and collective mourning, her frustrations in not being able to get a car licence which is hindering her access to the studio, and projects including ACCA Open, Soothsayer Serenades, and Kaldor Public Art Projects Do It Australia. Amrita shares her concerns that society will be expected to work at double its speed once we move out of lockdown, and is looking forward to a renewed appreciation of being collectively together.

Manisha Anjali

In episode eighteen Artist and Writer Manisha Anjali joins us on the show today to chat about her public dream journal Neptune, documenting dreams of individuals around the world during the pandemic. Manisha shares how they are finding hope in love, and imagination being the place in which we envision and create change as we go forth.

Hayley Millar-Baker

In episode nineteen Hayley Millar-Baker chats with us about working from home,with a toddler, while pregnant; postponing exhibitions and international residencies, and re-thinking the pace and output in which artists are expected to work and produce. Hayley shares with us her concerns about the state of the world, keeping family safe, and creating safety for herself on social media.

Eugenia Lim

In our final episode of How Are You Today? Eugenia Lim chats with us about sitting with time, working on a new project for APHIDS, the prominence of the divisions of labour within the home and across society during lockdown, and observing the community reassessing priorities. Eugenia shares her worries about about hard right politicians using this time to utilise xenophobia and racism to solidify inequity; and her hopes for increasing social justice and curbing the disastrous outcomes of climate change.

Pro Prac Symposium

Recorded live online as a panel discussion – May 2020
Pro Prac Symposium was a series of panel discussions with Melbourne artists on the topics of parenting, working outside of gallery systems, project and time management and artist residencies. The Symposium was recorded on Saturday 2nd of May 2020 and was made possible through the support of City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants.

Making and Working Outside of the Gallery

In this session artist and curator Arie Rain Glorie and artist and program manager of Art in Public Space at RMIT Fiona Hillary discuss the benefits, pitfalls and everything in-between when creating work and exhibiting outside of traditional gallery models.

Artist as Parent

In this session of Pro Prac Symposium, Ross Coulter, Lucreccia Quintanilla, and Lichen Kelp discuss all things parenting in the arts, including parenting as an artist, sharing care, managing your practice with your parenting and work responsibilities, and undertaking international opportunities with children.

On Artist Residencies

In this session of Pro Prac Symposium, Kiera chats with artist and curator Andy Butler and Executive Director of Res Artis Eliza Roberts about the benefits of undertaking both national and international residencies; the relevance of residencies in times of social media and connectedness; how to make the most out of a residency and what the future of residencies look like in light of Covid-19.

Time and Project Management

In this session Nicole is in conversation with Anusha Kenny, Torika Bolatagici, James Nguyen as they discuss all things time and project management. The session includes: Keeping your art practice going while working demanding jobs, raising children and participating in your community, how to deliver projects on deadlines, and managing your time to maintain both your mental and physical health.