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Panel Discussion – Arts and Community

The Hunter region’s leading artists, inspiring change through inclusion, will share a series of presentations and panel discussions at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in the early part of 2018. This  series is an initiative of Octapod, the Lower Hunter Region’s key arts and cultural service organisation.

What’s coming up?

A free panel discussion called Arts and Community – Inclusive Practice on Friday 23 March at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Who are the panellists for this discussion?

Erika Gelzinnis, Kerri Shying, Riona Tindal and Lu Quade share their experiences of inclusive arts practice, both its challenges and insights.

Erika Gelzinnis has held many roles in the performing arts sector, including director and facilitator, and uses her craft to share her experiences as she inspires change through inclusivity.

Kerri Shying is a peer educator, researcher, artist and writer. Kerri is now a published poet and active creative practitioner after retiring from paid employment in 2009 due to the impact of a chronic degenerative illness.

Riona Tindal is a creative and passionate conservationist and artist who completed her PhD in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle in 2016. Riona is the Deaf Arts Officer with Accessible Arts and is a passionate advocate for inclusive and accessible arts and culture for all.

Lu Quade is a Newcastle based artist, musician and community educator. Lu operates Tiny Boat zine shop in Islington and is passionate about contributing to diverse and inclusive communities.

What about access?

This venue is wheelchair accessible and the event will be Auslan interpreted.

Can I come along?

Yes, absolutely! This free event is open the public. Please RSVP by 21 March by email to Octapod or call 02 4021 1605.


Photo credit: Justine Cogan

When: 23/03/2018 10:00 am - noon
Where: Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street
Maitland, NSW 2320
Phone: 02 4021 1605
Access information:
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