Alumni Update

MANIFESTO: 25th Birthday Iconic Lecture with Robyn Archer AO

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre,
Allan Scott Auditorium, Thursday 31 March, 6.00pm

Robyn Archer

Photo credit: Heide Smith

The Hawke Centre’s second 25th Birthday Iconic Lecture features Adelaide-born singer, writer and director, Robyn Archer AO, a former Adelaide Festival Director,  current Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and ambassador for the Adelaide Crows.

As we celebrate twenty five years of the University of South Australia, Robyn Archer reflects on the important things which might surface from a career which began in earnest, in Adelaide, over fifty years ago. She approaches art and life in the spirit of a kind of manifesto.

On a recent research trip to Central and South America, in her role as a member of the Council for Australia and Latin America Relations (COALAR), Robyn Archer visited the inspiring coastal home of poet Pablo Neruda. The previous day she had explored the Museo de la Memoria in Santiago, and in the Isla Negra house she spotted an edition of Neruda’s epic poem Canto General. Since then her thoughts have roamed around the concept of the manifesto: Ginsberg’s Howl came to mind, and Dylan’s Hard Rain (which Robyn sings in one of her current shows, The OTHER Great American Songbook) and her own O You Lucky Country  which she wrote almost forty years ago, after her first trip out of Australia.

If the definition of manifesto describes a public declaration of the principles, motives and intentions of the issuer, we can expect to hear robust ideas about the place of art in our lives, and what we must do now to recognize, preserve and expand the essential role of artists in the twenty-first century.

Robyn Archer AO has concert performances through 2016 in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Oxford, and is writing a new music theatre show which she will direct. She is currently Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, Gold Coast; Artistic Director of the Light in Winter (Federation Square); Deputy Chair of the Australia Council; Chair of NIDA's inaugural Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership); and member of the Council for Australia and Latin America Relations (COALAR). She is an ambassador for the Adelaide Crows and patron of Adelaide’s Brink Productions and Restless Dance Theatre.

A student of Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre

Photo: A student of Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre

Exhibition: Kerry Packer Civic Gallery

Who are we anyway?  17 March - 28 April

Who Are We Anyway?  is a collaborative multimedia art installation created by three artists: Australian filmmaker and visual artist Jolyon Hoff; recently arrived Hazara refugee, human rights activist and photographer Muzafar Ali; and from Indonesia, current Hazara refugee, filmmaker and social media commentator Khadim Dai.

The installation is based around the lives of a small group of mainly Hazara refugees living in Indonesia. The work expresses the friendship and connection developed between the three artists. It represents their different cultural perspectives and the possibilities that exist for communication and understanding between the Hazara refugee and Australian communities.

The exhibition is open weekdays 9am to 5pm and Thursdays until 7pm, Level 3, Hawke Building, UniSA's City West campus. More information

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