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6.00 - 7.00pm Wednesday's 4 Jul, 18 Jul, 25 Jul and 8 Aug Free, bookings required | QAG
Tony Albert hosts a series of talks where he asks special guests to choose a pressing issue, story, or history that the nation needs to pay attention to, and show how this can be achieved through the arts.
The series draws on Albert’s 50-meter-long text installation Pay Attention 2009-10, included in ‘Tony Albert: Visible’. Albert enlisted 26 Aboriginal artists, from rappers to graphic artists to painters and sculptors, to contribute one letter to the installation. The collaborative statement demands audiences to pay attention to these Indigenous artists, their work, their stories and their histories.

Wed 4 Jul | Tony Albert and Alethea Beetson (Artist Director of Digi Youth Arts and First Nations Producer of BIGSOUND)Alethea Beetson (kabi kabi + wiradjuri) is an artist and producer who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities and youth across multiple art forms to inspire new works responding to societal issues, cultural heritage and the impact of colonisation. In 2013 she founded Digi Youth Arts; a not-for-profit arts organisation that shares the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. More recently she worked as the Indigenous Engagement Coordinator at the Queensland Museum and was the Curator of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program for Festival 2018 Brisbane. She is the current Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts and First Nations Producer of BIGSOUND.
Wed 18 Jul | Tony Albert and Leesa Watego (First Nations writer and blogger) Leesa Watego is the Director of Iscariot Media, a Brisbane-based creative studio specialising in Indigenous, creative and online projects. She has worked as an academic at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Indigenous Art and Protocols with a particular focus on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. She continues to teach in the areas of Creative Industries and Education. Since 2009 Leesa has worked in the digital space creating Deadly Bloggers, the first directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bloggers. Leesa has an Associate Diploma of Arts (Theatre Administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Public Policy) from Griffith University. She is a Director of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Wed 25 Jul | Tony Albert and Wesley Enoch (playwright and theatre director) Wesley Enoch hails from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) in Queensland and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. He is a writer and director for the stage and joined the Sydney Festival as Artistic Director in 2015. He was creative consultant, segment director and indigenous advisor for the opening and closing ceremonies of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018; the Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company from 2010 – 2015; Associate Artistic Director at Belvoir St Theatre from 2007- 2010; Australia Council Artistic Director for the Australian Delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts; director of Opening Ceremony, MY SKIN, MY LIFE for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne; Artistic Director of Ilbijerri ATSI Theatre Co-op 2003-2006; Resident Director at the Sydney Theatre Company from 2000-2001 and Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts from 1994-1997.
Wed 8 Aug | Tony Albert and Melissa Lucashenko (multi-award winning Goorie writer) Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie novelist, essayist and poet who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Her most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the Stella and Miles Franklin awards as well as the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015. Melissa was awarded the 2016 CAL Fellowship to work on her new (2018) novel, Too Much Lip. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, as well as a founding member of the prisoner’s human rights group, Sisters Inside. She writes passionately about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead

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