June 17 2016 was a national day of action for the Australian visual arts sector in reaction to the recent Australian Council funding cuts. Arts administrators, artists, organisations, and institutions were called to wear black and share their unity with #istandwiththearts

The message of June 17 call to action was to draw attention to the arts and remind politicians that what they consider ‘tiny cuts’ have fundamental impact across a range of institutions. Additionally, the call to action aims to make the arts a campaign issue. There is an alarming lack of coverage in the current election campaign that runs for another 2 weeks despite the fact that the arts industry in Australia employs more people than mining and has contributed a massive $50 billion to the economy.

Without arts and culture, what are we even living for?!


Rose Jurd, still from 'Sparks fly' image via

Rose Jurd, still from ‘Sparks fly’
image via

I recently had the privilege of writing an excerpt for the catalogue of the IS THIS ART? program for dLux MediaArts, hosted by Artereal Gallery.

IS THIS ART? compiled videos by emerging and recent graduate video artists to produce a video art program that considered both the medium, and the contexts that artists wished to explore. In an effort to promote video art within the field, dLux invited emerging writers to respond to the pieces and write about them in an accessible way.

After viewing each piece, I was struck by the common theme of identity that ran through each work and decided to explore this in my writing.

You can read the full catalogue here