the symposium

The symposium featured a series of in-person panel discussions at the University of Canberra, as well as pre-recorded contributions from Ulster University. Find the videos of all the conversations below.

University of Canberra Conversations

Conversation 1: Jen Crawford and Paul Collis

The bullock at the mudhole.

Conversation 2: Kerry McCallum in conversation with Maureen Hatcher, Karen Monument, Megan Deas and Kerry Martin

Revelation, Reckoning and Recovery: Continuing critical conversations around child sexual abuse in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission (RCICSA).

Conversation 3: Ursula K. Frederick in conversation with Steve Brown, Ashley Harrison, Wendy Somerville, Bethaney Turner

Difficult Stories: Creativity, curation, culture.

Conversation 4: Vahri McKenzie in conversation with Tony Eaton, Caren Florance, Geoff Grey, Paul Magee

Creativity in Difficult Spaces: creative interventions with veterans and first responders.

Ulster University Conversations

Sarah Travers in conversation with Sandra Johnston, Alastair MacLennan, Dominic Thorpe and Brian Connolly

Some of Northern Ireland’s leading performance artists since the 1970s discuss the role of the artist in conflicted public spaces, navigating subjects including violence against women, political conflict, clerical sexual abuse and our relationship with power.

Ciara Hickey in conversation with Array Collective

2021 winners of the Turner Prize, Array Collective, discuss their art-making as activism for women and LGBTQ+ rights and share some practical lessons in how to continue working as a collective despite obstacles and recognition by establishment interests.

Siobhan Wills speaks with Willie Doherty

A case study between a human rights filmmaker and acclaimed visual artist sharing a common interest in documenting inter-generational social trauma through places and landscapes that have experienced political violence.

A reading of selected poems by Kathleen McCracken 

A reading of selected works exploring issues relating to First Nations experiences in Canada, in particular, violence perpetrated against indigenous women and the complexities of being an artistic ally to indigenous rights.

selected highlights

Sarah Travers in Conversation with Performance Artists

Some of Northern Ireland’s leading performance artists since the 1970s discuss the role of the artist in conflicted public spaces, navigating subjects including violence against women, political conflict, clerical sexual abuse and our relationship with power.

Ulster University

The Bullock at the Mudhole

Paul Collis, Jen Crawford, Wayne Knight, Story Ground Collective
Barkindji Country & Ngemba Country: Gundabooka, Toorale Station, Bourke, Brewarrina

University of Canberra

Colin Davidson – Silent Testimony: An Introduction

Colin Davidson introduces his exhibition ‘Silent Testimony’ at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, setting the context and inspiration behind the series of portraits of victims and survivors of ‘The Troubles.’

Ulster University

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UC acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, traditional custodians of the lands where the Bruce campus is situated.

We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of Canberra and the region.

We also acknowledge all other First Nations Peoples on whose lands we gather.