at the University of Melbourne
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This free talk is part of the VCA Director’s Dialogue series, hosted by VCA Director Emma Redding.
The pandemic was a time when, for some, caring for Country became more than ideology. As international travel shut down, more people began to listen and actively participate in their local environments. How can we continue to deepen the practice of caring for Country in an ever more unstable environment? What are our ethical obligations as an art sector to do so? What other lessons can educational institutions learn about enhancing student experience from the pandemic period?
In this discussion, renowned arts practitioners and educators will consider the role that art can play in the broader community and Country as well as the importance of enhancing the wellbeing of artists through science and education.
The panellists will discuss research about the beneficial health impacts of involvement in the participatory arts, and wellbeing-centred approaches to training performing artists.
Speakers will discuss the current state of play regarding performance artists’ health and wellbeing and what lessons have been learned from research in this area. In treating performing artists like athletes and utilising science to prevent injury, we may enhance performance while maintaining performing artists’ wellbeing enabling them to have longer, healthier careers.
The discussion will be both technical and aspirational, as speakers consider how art can be used to enhance the health and wellbeing of others and even how the arts can foster social cohesion in a world rife with misinformation and division.
Tiriki Onus - Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Jane Davidson - Head, Faculty Research Centre, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Sue Mayes - Director of Artistic Health, the Australian Ballet
Patricia Piccinini - Artist, Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne
Image: ‘Motherland’ by Patricia Piccinini from “A Miracle Constantly Repeated”, Rising at Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia, 2021
Live webinar with Q&A, presented via Zoom
Our interactions with, and treatment of, animals has changed and evolved, over time.
Animals intersect with and provide value to our daily lives in myriad ways. From being hunted as prey to being farmed as food, and even as working animals, performing in sport and entertainment, being much-loved companions, associated with tourism or recreation, studied for Science or being valued for their role in biodiversity education, and valued for biodiversity purposes.
So, how are we reciprocating, and are we meeting their welfare needs?
Our expert panel will unpick the value of science, research and collaboration, and discuss where welfare standards should land.
Join us as we:
- look at the development of animal welfare practices,
- explore the ways that zoos collaborate to advance conservation, animal welfare, and breeding programs,
- seek to unravel the complexities behind animals in sport, and
- highlight the questions which society needs to ask of itself.