Approaches to Making Art Across Oceans

Ireland & Australia

Tue 17 Oct

As humanity seeks to write a new story about our place within nature, what are the roles and responsibilities of artists working across cultures and borders?

How do we use our work to repair (re-pair) connection to place and landscape? How do we collaborate in ways that honour local voices alongside international perspectives? Can art help us forge togetherness allowing us to move beyond separation; from each other, from nature? And if we must travel to be together, how do we reduce and reconcile our climate impact?

Join artists from across Ireland and Australia to discuss how we morally and practically collaborate within our modern world.

Followed by a wine reception kindly sponsored by the Australian Embassy.

Amy Conroy is an award winning actor, playwright, and theatre maker. Her writing credits for stage include I Alice I, Eternal Rising of the Sun, Break, Luck Just Kissed You Hello, Far Away From Me, and The Boy Who Talked to Dogs. Amy has performed in countless production over the years, including The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre, London, directed by Caroline Byrne, Citysong, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin (Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre, London), Holding – ITV, and Every Brilliant Thing, directed by Andrea Ainsworth (Peacock/ National Tour).

Andy Packer is an award-winning director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, creative director of large-scale events and festival director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby. The company is now well-established as a leading international immersive theatre company, having toured to more than 170 venues, with over 1,000 performances to more than 145,000 audience members, across 13 countries and counting.
Andy is renowned for creating original live performance moments that are emotionally powerful and visually bold. His work across theatre for young audiences, opera, cabaret, music theatre and symphonic concerts has pushed him to develop a distinctive theatrical aesthetic that is at once personal and epic.

Jessica Wilson is leading practitioner of participative art with children and their adults based in Melbourne, Australia. She draws on local people and places to create experiences that change the way we see the ordinary world around us, regularly commissioned by arts centres around the world to create concepts that are adapted to new locations, and made in collaboration with local artists.

Maisie Lee is a director interested in work with a strong storytelling element. Her work spans theatre for adults and young audiences, radio drama and documentary.
Recent work includes Her Sive, Abbey Theatre; Lúminaria, National Tour; Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands (Audio - Winner of Gold IMRO 2021), Commissioned by Baboró; EMBARGO, Fishamble and In Our Veins, Abbey Theatre.
Maisie is currently Baboró’s Artist in Residence and helped to set up and now facilitates their inaugural Children’s Panel.

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka.
He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. n 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia.
Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.

Tony Reekie (Panel Chair) hails from Scotland and has worked in the performing arts sector for children and young people for a long time. He is based in East Lothian and if you stand still long enough he'll show you pictures of the beaches he walks every morning. He's worked with some wonderful organisations and even more wonderful people including Imaginate, Lyra, Spark Arts for Children, Take Off Festival, The Arts Space for Kids in Shanghai and has helped curate a number of festivals around the world. He currently works with Catherine Wheels in Scotland.

Venue | Bank of Ireland Theatre, University of Galway