APAX 2022: Sessions on Demand

In 2022 the Australian Performing Arts Exchange took place from the 5th – 9th September at NIDA, Sydney + Online. Scroll down to watch key sessions from the program.

APAX took place on Bidjigal and Gadigal land. We pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians and their Elders past and present and thank Aunty Lola Ryan for welcoming APAX delegates to country. It always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

Gill Hicks and company then perform an excerpt of their award winning show, Still Alive (and Kicking) followed by our official APAX welcomes

Organisations are forever seeking better ways to lead. From an Aboriginal perspective, they all continue to get it wrong.

Paul Callaghan’s most recent book The Dreaming Path, written with Uncle Paul Gordon, shares ancient wisdom and the power of Aboriginal spirituality as a profound source of contentment and wellbeing for anyone willing to listen. In this special address, Paul provides an alternative view on leadership that has been successful for over 60,000 years.

Presented by Paul Callaghan, Author: The Dreaming Path

Jo Dyer presents the annual State of the Art Address.

There are positive paths out of a crisis, but we have to choose to take them – and the upward and downward pressures of our work do not always make those pathways clear or easy to tread. This Keynote from Criena Gehrke addresses aligning our purpose and values with expectations of our stakeholders (often government) and issues facing our sector that are too urgent to ignore. So we can all take some bold steps forward.

Presented by Criena Gehrke, CEO, HOTA Home of the Arts. 

Arts on Tour’s Green Touring Toolkit and Arup’s carbon calculator tool, Circulate, were both in development when Arts on Tour and Arup presented at APAX 2021. Both tools have now been launched. Get the low down on the strategies outlined in the Toolkit and how to use Circulate, and contribute to the next phase of this important work in greening our touring practices.

Presented by Antonia Seymour, Arts on Tour and Chris Mercer, ARUP. 

How can cultural centres be hubs for resilient communities? 2022 began with a harsh reminder of the vulnerabilities of our cultural institutions and communities in a quickening time of climate impact. As creatives and cultural institutions, we can and should be playing a role in growing the strengths within our communities for mitigation, planning and recovery from disasters. How do we activate the role of culture and the arts in this context? Scotia Monkivitch will unpack a people-centered approach to preparadness and share tools to help build your action plan toward a resilient and future-thinking cultural centre.

Presented by Scotia Monkivitch, Creative Recovery Network.

Following on from his razor-sharp online presentation in 2020, Adam Williams returns to APAX in 2022 to deliver key insights and updates into current and future consumer behaviour to help us answer the question “who are you to me?” when it comes to attracting new audiences and retaining relationships with our existing audiences. The societal fatigue and ongoing disruption from the pandemic make any steps forward trepidatious at best. While we can’t predict exactly what’s next, Adam will dissect what our communities are longing for and how we might communicate who we are and what we can be to them. This session is supported by Theatre Safe Australia.

Presented by Adam Williams, The Growth Initiative. 

Tourists are more likely to spend their money on the arts than sporting events, amusement parks or wineries. And the spend specifically on performing arts experiences were on the way up pre-pandemic – increasing 41% in just four years. This session will explore the drivers behind cultural tourism, the linkages between artforms and how regional centres in particular can work in partnership to capture more of this market.

Presented by Ros Abercrombie, Regional Arts Australia; Jennifer Ganske, National Segment Head of Arts and Tourism NBN and Helen O’Neil, Chair PAC Australia.

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to reassess how we are going about this thing called life and work. Workplaces are changing, our practices and approaches are changing. Practices that may have been unimaginable or idealised three years ago are finally recognised as the new way forward. Whether these trends have emerged because of COVID or in spite of it, this session will feature snapshots from those amongst us who are delivering this change.

Presented by Sharon Burgess, Artrage; Ros Abercombie, Regional Arts Australia; Lena Nahlous, Diversity Arts Australia; Marion Potts, Performing Lines and Katherine Connor, PAC Australia. 

When cost of living goes up, disposable income goes down and other options for audience’s attention are inherently much more convenient, we must look to our own positioning.   Arts marketing expert Elliott Bledsoe delivers on how to understand your competition strategically – what is the intensity of that competition, and how do we compare when it comes to things our audiences care about?

Presented by Elliott Bledsoe, Agentry.