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Platform Papers No. 36 Launch
What is the real value we put on our artists? The author examines the long-awaited National Cultural Policy and finds it offers much to praise but fails ‘to penetrate the lower depths wherein the independent artists hang out’. His paper addresses the problems and achievements of the independent artist and their role as outriders of the arts, sometimes so far ahead they are out of mind. What kind of an industry do we work in, he asks, when its primary producers live on or below the poverty line? What would happen if artists decided that they would no longer work under these conditions? Pledger proposes action to find out.
DAVID PLEDGER is an independent intermedia artist working within and between the performing, visual and media arts. He has extensive experience in Australia, and Europe and Asia where he has worked for more than twenty years. He was Director of Melbourne’s internationally-recognised experimental arts company not yet it’s difficult (NYID) from 1995–2013.
5pm on Friday 2 August
Theatre Network Victoria