APAX Sessions

Don’t forget to save the dates for APAX 2022! 5-9 September, at NIDA (Sydney) and online. Visit www.apax.org.au for more information.

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APAX 2021 – Pitching Sessions

APAX 2021 – Extended Program

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APAX 2021

A welcome to APAX 2021 from the Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

We have all been carrying the kind of stress and worry that shrinks our mental bandwidth; when it’s been hard enough to take stock of what we need in the present, let alone what we will need for tomorrow. It’s our individual and collective tenacity that has enabled us to adapt to our ever-changing environment; to step up to the challenge. It’s time to recalibrate; to make the shift from stressors and persistent draws on our mental reserves, to become curious again about what’s possible and reconnect to passion and purpose. 

Presented by Dr Jenny Brockis, Lifestyle Medicine Physician, Educator & Author.

Artist, Artistic Director, CEO, thought-leader. If there’s anyone who can speak to what a thriving arts organisation looks like, and what a thriving sector could look like, it’s none other than Yaron Lifschitz, Artistic Director & CEO of CIRCA.

APAX 2021 wrapped up with our annual State of the Art address.

Presented by Alana Valentine, Playwright, Screenwriter and Librettist.

Using outcomes from an Australian Council Research Project (2019-2022) and investigating the impact of arts and cultural engagement in regional Australian communities, Thriving Communities examines two community-initiated projects to illustrate how creative and cultural activities maintain social connection, avoid potential social fragmentation, support wellbeing and allow communities to thrive. The session builds your tool kit in articulating the value of what you do and the role the performing arts must continue to play in communities in these critical years to come.

Presented by Dr Sandra Gattenhof and Dr Donna Hancox, with Peter Ross.

The co-directors of Melbourne Digital Concert Hall share the outcomes of their hugely successful digital platform, including how the platform has transformed consumer behaviour and attendance inclinations. The session explores how digital performance actually increases in-person participation, provides greater access for audiences and artists and, importantly, how presenters can jump on board and continue to enrich the cultural lives of their communities in new and relevant ways.

Presented by Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt, with Joel McGuinness. 

A New Approach is an independent think tank, championing effective investment and return in Australian arts and culture. Their evidence-based series of Insight Reports explores why and how governments, philanthropists, communities, businesses and individuals invest in arts and culture; what benefits and impacts this generates; and how we can ensure this investment is relevant and effective. The reports provide data analysis, expert commentary and evidence-based recommendations that are not bound by government, jurisdiction, funding mechanism or artform.

The discussion in this timely and practical session centres around creating work and finding audiences, taking a specific look at queer work and CaLD stories, and how genuine audience engagement and attendance is attracting younger, diverse people on and behind the stages (and also in our audiences). Joanne Kee and Dino Dimitriadis share how this authenticity has lead to sold out seasons, and is building new audiences.

Presented by Joanne Kee and Dino Dimitriadis. 

Following on from her keynote, Dr Jenny Brockis charts how we can disrupt the day-to-day mechanics of our workplaces and re-chart the course to Thrive.

In this session, Liza-Mare Syron presents her leadership research on Indigenous Language Revival in Play Texts, exploring the complex and deeply important role of theatre in the revitalisation of native languages.

A team of specialists at Arup are developing a digital solution to assist the wider creative sector to understand and measure their environmental impact, identify areas to improve and set future targets and standards. In this session Arup share their research, design development to date of the digital solution and seek feedback on how to support the industry transition towards sustainable practices.

Presented by Antonia Seymour, with Chris Mercer and Rebecca Pogea.

BlakForm is a groundbreaking career development platform supporting established First Nations dance makers, enabling them to drive the development of their work to reach more audiences and communities locally, nationally and globally.

Presented by Paul McGill and Joshua Pether.

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that everyone who works in the arts sector is an advocate for what we do, whether that is a formal position we can take or not. So how do we use our positions to advocate and articulate the value of what we do? Particularly in regional communities how can arts leaders tell their story? Beyond the economic impact and the number of bums of seats, how do we make better cases and count what counts?

Presented by Helen O’Neil (Chair, PAC Australia), Nicholas Pickard and Francesca Valmorbida.

APAX 2021 – Pitching Sessions

Circa Contemporary Circus – Organisation Update
Slingsby – The Boy Who Talked To Dogs
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – Presenter Hotspot
MILKE – La Belle Epoque
Windmill Theatre Company – Hiccup! (60-second spotlight)
Albany Entertainment Centre – Presenter Hotspot
Karul Projects – SILENCE
Bureau of Works on behalf of Daniel Riley – Tracker

Big hART – Songs for Freedom (60-second spotlight)
Soft Tread Enterprises – Maureen: Harbinger of Death
Snuff Puppets – SWAMP
The Twyford – Presenter Hotspot
Beat Entertainment –  Reckōning Te Waiata Paihere Wairua (The sounds of woven souls)
Belvoir – Organisation Update
Malcolm Whittaker – UFO
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company – Heart is a Wasteland
Chunky Move – Rewards for the Tribe

Polyglot Theatre – Bees (60-second spotlight)
FCC – Wild Dogs Under My Skirt
Contemporary Asian Australian Performance – Organisation Update
Country Arts SA – Euphoria
Darlinghurst Theatre Company – seven methods of killing kylie jenner
Introduction to Sustainable Touring – Arts on Tour
Tutti Arts Inc – You Ready For This? The Sisters of Invention
Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company – Organisation Update

Red Line Productions – JUST (tricking, annoying, stupid, crazy, shocking, disgusting, doomed) LIVE ON STAGE!  (60-second spotlight)
Raghav Handa – TWO
Critical Stages Touring – Organisation Update
Patch Theatre with Gravity and Other Myths – I Wish …
Goulburn Performing Arts Centre – Presenter Update
Joel Bray – I Liked It…But I Didn’t Know What The F#!k It Was About? (I LIKED IT….)
Steamwork Arts – JULIA
Artback NT – CUSP
Six Foot Something Productions – The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Black Swan State Theatre Company – Playthings (60-second spotlight)
The Farm and Performing Lines – Glass Child
Goldfields Arts Centre – Presenter Hotspot
Proserpine Entertainment Centre – Presenter Hotspot
Marrugeku Inc – Jurrungu Ngan-ga
Matriark Theatre – Urza and the Song in the Dark
Barking Gecko Theatre – HOUSE
David Lieberman Artists Representatives ISO Indian Ink Theatre Company of NZ – Paradise (or the impermanence of ice cream)
Australasian Dance Collective – AFTERMATH and THREE
Performing Lines WA – Black Brass by Mararo Wangai and Minneapolis by Will O’Mahony

Audioplay is audiobook meets contemporary theatre meets podcast; an entirely new immersive multiplayer experience delivered through smartphones that lets children be the hero of their own scripted experience. Equipped with a mobile phone and headphones players physically act out the story together, each guided by their own rich audio score and individualised instructions.

APAX 2021 – Extended Program

How welcoming is your venue or organisation for your Indigenous colleagues and community? From connecting to community, to presenting First Nations work, protocols for working within the First Nations arts and cultural sector are an essential resource. Presented by Patricia Adjei, Head of First Nations Arts & Culture, Australia Council for the Arts.

An update on Australia Council for the Arts’ recently released research, focussing on a new set of interactive audience engagement and advocacy tools. Taking a deeper dive into audience behaviours and attitudes towards the arts, these resources can assist performing arts organisations and workers in developing new audiences and expanding the relevance of programming for their communities.

Presented by Rebecca Mostyn and Lina Stein.

APAX 2020

Dr Jason Fox provides thoughtful provocations to those leading their organisations through the current complex, ambiguous and doubt-ridden environment – a refreshing mix of perspectives designed to cut through the myths that surround ‘the future of leadership’. This bold and though-provoking keynote will spark new conversations amongst our arts leaders, and provide a philosophical antidote to ‘change fatigue’.

With strong foresight and sincere intentionality, Performing Lines WA are leading the way in realising a diverse and representative arts sector. In this session, PLWA Producer Zainab Syed shares the experience of producing the cross-cultural collaboration Layla Majnun – one of the most world’s most widely known and celebrated stories, but one which has rarely been told on Australian stages – and discusses what this has meant for increasing participation and developing new audiences.

Presented by Zainab Syed and Lena Nahlous.

Explore the art of relevance – or, how your work can resonate more in your community. It’s one thing to understand the value of the performing arts, it’s another to practically implement more effective experiences that builds social capital and increases the value of your organisation. Presented by Nina Simon, Spacemaker & CEO, OF/BY/FOR ALL.

Part marketer, consumer psychologist and futurist, Adam Williams’ bespoke presentations focus on the key challenges of audiences, and provides research-based, actionable insights into overcoming those barriers.

APAX 2019

Measuring impact is hard… or is it? Get the lowdown on new models of impact assessment.

A group of cultural leaders from Manchester, San Francisco and Roebourne question the purpose of arts centres. In what ways are the Ngurin Cultural Centre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse alike, and how do their similarities and differences relate to how we lead (and follow) our audiences and communities? Indeed, who is the ‘audience’ of the new arts centre? And what does this mean for the art we make?

Drawing on years of experience from Woolly Mammoth, Round House Theater, and the Public Theater, Bryan Joseph Lee points to what’s effective about ‘community’ arts programming and audience development, what’s problematic, and where we can imagine a better future.