Have a project in mind but not sure how to get it off the ground? This 3 hour workshop is a demystification of the process I’ve learnt over a decade of working in the arts alongside having a creative practice. We will cover the fundamentals on making and sharing new work: the stages of process-conscious developments, forging lasting collaborative relationships, applying for funding, building new audiences and advocating for yourself as an artist (particularly to institutions!). While a creative process doesn’t come with a clear-cut template, the workshop will address contexts for support in the arts ecology and provide bespoke solutions for your project. Bring your burning ideas and questions, and leave with an elevator pitch.
Nithya Nagarajan (b. Kuwait) is an Indian artist-curator living and working on Gadigal lands whose practice adopts movement as a system of inquiry into the sacred, the sensual and the decolonial. Her performance work affects sensory perceptions of the witness through a collaborative process of meaning making, underpinned by a strong feminist sensibility. With a foundational training in Bharatanatyam, Nithya is interested in an expanded understanding of movement as: grammar, construct, philosophy, political conduit and chaos.
In her curatorial practice, Nithya collaborates with artist-activists from the subcontinent to present body-based interventions in contemporary contexts. She holds an award-winning PhD in Performance Studies and is an alumni of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Leaders Program. Her writing has appeared in Arts Hub, Peril Magazine, LIMINAL Magazine, Audrey Journal amongst others and she has held casual teaching positions at Monash University, RMIT Art and Design and Swinburne Design Factory.
Nithya also believes in self-organised models and forms 1/5th of an artist collective HMEWRK, a sharing economy for South Asian artists in Australia with S.Shakthidharan, Zainab Syed, Nuala Furtado and Priya Pavri.
Within the context of the institution, Nithya works toward inclusive frameworks that combat cultural erasure. Nithya currently serves as International Market Adviser – South and Southeast Asia at the Australia Council for the Arts and is a project consultant on the vision scoping work for Arts Centre Melbourne. She has previously worked with NIDA and served in an advisory capacity to small to medium arts organisations across the country.
When: Thursday 8th July
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm