The Academy's 51st Symposium 'At the Crossroad? Australia’s Cultural Future' & Fellowship events
Dates: 16-20 November 2020
Location: Online virtual event
The 51st Symposium: The arrival of COVID-19, on the heels of a summer of natural disasters, has led to profound disruptions to cultural life in Australia, propelling our artists, creators, researchers and cultural institutions into survival mode, and throwing into stark relief the dramatic pre-pandemic shifts in cultural production, consumption and distribution. Yet the events of 2020 have also highlighted how deeply culture and creativity are embedded in the daily lives of Australians, giving claim to culture’s status as a public good.
The 51st Academy Symposium - At the Crossroad? Australia's Cutlural Future - will explore Australia’s cultural terrain in light of recent events and longer-standing disruptions to consider what transformations are needed to secure our cultural and creative future. Bringing together perspectives from researchers, practitioners, creators and policy makers, it will consider how innovative cultural policy settings and creative practice could together underpin a path to recovery, for our people and our communities.
The Symposium will be held as a series of free online webinars from Monday 16 to Friday 20 November 2020. The webinars are open to all and will bring together Academy Fellows, humanities researchers and representatives from the arts and culture sector, government, universities, industry, philanthropy and the public.
Annual Fellowship events: Section Meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will also now be virtual, online events. Section meetings will be held between 9-13 November 2020 and the AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 24 November 2020. and Section meetings will occur the week prior. Further details will be provided in due course. With great reluctance, Council has also decided to cancel the annual Fellows’ Dinner for 2020. We look forward to welcoming the Fellowship to an event in 2021 where we can host the Charter Book signing tradition and congratulate the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 awards.