the launch

A live-streamed panel discussion featuring a conversa­tion between university leaders and artists from Canberra and Ulster opened the event on 24 March 2022.

launch speakers

  • Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon, University of Canberra
  • Chancellor Dr Colin Davidson, Ulster University
  • Chancellor Professor Tom Calma, AO, University of Canberra
  • Distinguished Professor Jen Webb, University of Canberra
  • Dr Paul Collis, University of Canberra
  • Dr Louise Wallace, Ulster University
  • Dr Sandra Johnston, Ulster University
  • Moderator: Cara Kirkwood, National Gallery of Australia

selected highlights

The Launch

What role can the arts and creativity play in navigating unresolved concerns, ongoing debates and controversial questions for our communities?

This panel discussion opened the UC difficult conversations event featuring a conversa­tion between university leaders and artists from Canberra and Ulster.

University of Canberra

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.

Ulster University

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

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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.