Critics take the stage in public forum at the Bogon Theatre

Barcham 10 October 2013

The Childers Group are assembling a collection of critics, reviewers, and spokespeople to participate in a public forum.

The panellists will be: Robyn Archer AO (Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra), Kerry-Anne Cousins (visual arts critic), Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak (contemporary arts critic), Roslyn Dundas (CEO, Ausdance National), Joseph Falsone (Director, Gorman House Arts Centre Inc.), Marion Halligan AM (author, critic), Cris Kennedy (film critic), Helen Musa (Canberra Critics Circle), Jack Waterford AM (Editor-at-large, Canberra Times), Caroline Stacey (CEO/Artistic Director, The Street Theatre), and Ashley Thomson (Editor, BMA Magazine).

‘In this centenary year, the Childers Group wants to spark a conversation about the importance of the arts critic,’ said spokesperson David Williams. ‘Who is a critic? What role do they have in developing our artists and audiences? What opportunities are there to grow our critical community, particularly in terms of the digital environment?’

The forum will be a ‘Q&A’-style format, with active engagement from the floor; live tweeting encouraged. The facilitator will be Yolande Norris, Program and Marketing Manager, Gorman House Arts Centre.

RSVP by 5pm Wednesday 16 October through the Gorman House Arts Centre on or 6249 7377. Cost: $5 pp to cover light refreshments.

If you feel like listening in, getting your art-speak on, discussing the value of criticism, or just having a go at someone who printed something you disagreed with, the forum will be held at noon on Friday 18 October 2013 in the Bogong Theatre at Gorman House Arts Centre.

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