Cultural Diversity in Canberra Arts Workshops

In July 2022 Rebus ran two full day workshops for Migrant and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) artists to share their experiences of continuing their art practice in Canberra. The project was a huge success with 20 participants from a wide range of cultural and artist practice backgrounds attending the workshops at Gorman Arts Centre.

They came together to share stories and discuss the challenges of practicing art as a migrant or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artist in Canberra and Australia. There were artists form from Latin America (El Salvador, Mexico and Columbia) to France, Fiji, India, Indonesia, China, Iran and Palestine ranging from writers to actors, visual artists, photographers, cinematographers, painters, musicians and more.

The process was led by Rebus associate artist Anaïs Maro who led participants through a series of story sharing and brainstorming activities. The group found many points of common ground and developed plans to continue working together to advocate for increased cultural diversity in the artistic landscape of Canberra and Australia as a whole.
This project was funded by the ACT Government 2021-22 Participation (Multicultural) Grants Program.
A group of people from a range of cultural backgrounds smile for the camera