Kultour is a national organisation committed to advancing cultural diversity in the arts in Australia.
Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body.
|Kultour Gatherings 2014|
This August, national arts organisation, Kultour, commences the roll-out of its Gatherings 2014 (KG2014) program. A series of conceptual laboratories and associated forums for artists working in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts around Australia.
“For me it was an important historical moment that not only brought artists together to discuss their practice but acted as a type of 'stocktake' of the state of the field , including a reminder of what had been forgotten.” Teresa Crea – KG2013
This year between 22 August and 2 November, Kultour takes to the road, facilitating a series of 10 conceptual laboratories for artists, with three-day gatherings in each major capital. This initiative builds upon a pilot program undertaken through a national gathering, staged in Queensland 2013 and the associated public forum ‘Right here, Right Now!’ that was presented as the prelude to the national performing arts market – Long Paddock Brisbane 2013.
This series of Laboratories is designed to bring groups of artists and artsworkers exploring cultural diversity within the framework of contemporary, multidisciplinary and experimental arts in Australia together with a range of provocateurs who’s mission is to dissect, examine, expose, celebrate, challenge and inspire their practice.
The initiative was developed by Kultour and its national network of arts organisations to support conversations and exchange around work being created by culturally diverse artists that is innovative; challenges traditional perceptions of presentation and audience engagement; is experimental in nature; and may not yet have an established audience or a clear pathway for development or presentation.
The key aims are three-fold:
Where and when will the Laboratories be held?
Kultour Gatherings 2014 Conceptual Laboratories will take place in 10 centres around the country.
Each Laboratory is completed over a three day period. With the exception of the Sydney Gathering, each Laboratory will commence at 6.00pm on the Friday evening, working through all day Saturday and Sunday morning; and conclude with a public forum and sharing on the Sunday afternoon. In Sydney, the program commences on Tuesday 28 October with the public sharing as part of the Groundswell Arts Festival forum program.
Kultour Gatherings 2014 Conceptual Laboratories will focus on the practice of and the creative frameworks used by culturally diverse artists working within contemporary Australian contexts – identifying key points for celebration, key points for analysis and key points for action.
These points will be presented during the public forum as starting points for discussion between the laboratory participants and the forum panelists.