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Batemans Bay Writers Festival: STATE OF THE ARTS with Annabel Morley

The arts is often a political football, it’s funding a precarious and precious thing. Batemans Bay Writers Festival's three panellists have a wealth of experience in the sector and will explore what’s worked in the past and what we need to change for the future to ensure the arts remain a vital and relevant expression of our many identities.

Geoff Cousins AM is a former English teacher, a novelist and avid reader. He was the founding chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art and a director of the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through the establishment of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and to the visual and performing arts.

Annabel Morley is the daughter of the renowned actor Robert Morley CBE. She grew up in a world surrounded by theatre greats such as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy. As a young girl, Annabel appeared in a number of films and has spent a life immersed in the theatre.

Dr Sarah Rice is an art-theory lecturer, visual artist and writer who teaches practice-led research in craft and design at the School of Art, ANU. Sarah is also an award winning poet, a philosopher and a former music teacher. She is particularly interested in how art forms respond to other art forms, called ekphrasis, especially how poetry responds to visual art and design.

Facilitated by Mark Dapin.

Festival tickets are essential.