Working Group on Women as Leaders in the Arts

Lucky Dumpling VIP Tent, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Rani Pramesti 1st Provocateur: Erica McCalman 2nd Provocateur: Annette Vieusseux

How might we ensure that women of First Nations and diverse cultural backgrounds are represented in senior arts leadership roles? What barriers do we need to remove? How can we ensure that the arts, as a highly feminised industry, have women be paid fairly? How can we ensure that a diversity of leadership styles are encouraged and nurtured?

Please note: This session is open only to women, including trans-women as well as non-binary people. We welcome discussions with male allies outside of this limited session time and space.

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • What is the discussion about? How women can make a difference in an arts industry based on a neo-colonial, neo-capitalism patriarchy? How do we deconstruct the system? There is a culture of who you hire in an organisation based on type. How can we break this?

  • We undervalue ourselves too much, For working women in the arts industry, there should be a welcoming of childcare or children in the arts environment whether that be allowing them to be a part of board meetings or rehearsals or providing a facility for them at the work. environment where they can be cared for but involved.

  • Women need to support other women more through praise, seeking out other women for advice and acknowledgement

  • Not enough acknowledgement for first nations, queer, disability and women of different cultures and their involvement in the arts leadership positions

  • A different structure in companies that allows more leadership positions for women of various ages, ethinicities, religions, perceived disability and whom have responsibilities to children.

  • To try to redefine the language of leadership and coming together in groups regularly to discuss this

  • Girls specific classes and learning in the arts industry

  • Budget lines in grants under ‘access requirements’ for childcare and disability

  • Training women to be effective on boards and for boards to be affected by women

  • Establishing a program in actor training that lowers notions of male dominance in a rehearsal or work space

  • Mentoring younger women in confidence and leadership