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23 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

Are we still the 'lucky country'? Has the Great Australian Dream of owning your own home changed over time? And what are the social and environmental costs of decades of steady economic growth in Australia? Drawing on the themes of our exhibition 'Lucky?', we invite you to join a panel of guest speakers as they discuss the pursuit of wealth, and wealth disparity in Australia.

Guest speakers:

Mark Rose is the Professor in Indigenous Business and Enterprise at RMIT College of Business. He is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of western Victoria. He has served on five ministerial advisory committees advising various ministers over the years including Brendan Nelson, Julie Bishop, Julia Gillard, Peter Garrett and Bill Shorten. Mark is the Vice President of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated. Mark also leads the Emerging Indigenous Leaders Program for the University of NSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management, developing the first group of First Nations executives. In 2003 – 2005 Mark co-chaired the Victorian Implementation Review of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Peter Mares is the author of  No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (2018), recently published by Text. He is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes ethical leadership and a regular contributor to Inside Story magazine. He is also an adjunct fellow in the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University and previously worked for 25 years as a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC. His other books are Borderline, an award-winning analysis of Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers and refugees (2001), and Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing the nation (2016).

Sophia Cai is an independent curator and arts writer. Her work focuses on Asian art history, the intersection between contemporary art and craft, as well as feminist methodologies and community-based practices. Sophia holds a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a First-Class Honours degree in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University. She was awarded the Janet Wilkie Art History Honours Prize. Recent curatorial projects include Some words are just between us at Firstdraft, Closing the Distance at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, No Woman is an Island at BLINDSIDE, Slice of Life at Craft Victoria, and Disobedient Daughters at Metro Arts in Brisbane. Her arts writing has been widely published.

Eugenia Lim works across video, performance and installation to explore nationalism and stereotypes with a critical but humorous eye. Eugenia invents personas to explore alienation and belonging in a globalised world. Her work has been presented at the TATE Modern, Dark MOFO, ACCA, Melbourne Festival, Next Wave, GOMA, ACMI, Asia TOPA, firstdraft, Artereal Gallery, FACT Liverpool and EXiS Seoul. She has been artist-in-residence with the Experimental Television Centre New York, Bundanon Trust, 4A Beijing Studio and the Robin Boyd Foundation. Eugenia’s work will be shown in The National 2019: New Australian Art, a major biennial survey of contemporary practice. Eugenia is a co-director (with Mish Grigor and Lara Thoms) of Aphids and a current Gertrude Contemporary studio artist.



WHEN Saturday 23 Feb 2019 | 2–3.30pm
COST Free | includes refreshments
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