Creative Experiences Forum 

Murray Arts in conjunction with Wodonga Council are presenting Smart Arts Professional Development Program, a series of FREE workshops for artists and the greater community. Next in the series is the Creatives Experiences Forum on Thursday 7 June, at The Cube Wodonga from 2-4pm. 

Registrations are essential: Click here


In an increasingly digital world, cultural consumers are seeking to engage in face-to-face immersive experiences that offer authentic connections. During the Creative Experiences Forum, we aim to highlight local success stories that have integrated experiences into their program models. 
What has worked? What failed? And what are our future opportunities?

This forum is aimed at all art forms and is open to any artists, art workers, tourism collaborators and community members. Join presenters Alison Evans (Albury), Ashlee Laing (Talangatta) and Vic McEwan (Narrandera) to explore this global trend in a regional context.



Alyson Evans – Director of Hidden Cinema – Albury 


Alyson has worked around the world as a performer, theatre-maker and community artist, with a particular focus on cultural development and social change. She has made theatre with remote Indigenous communities, young people, adults with disabilities and mental illness, prisoners and former refugees in Australia, Cambodia, Nepal, the UK and New York. In 2015 Alyson was awarded the Kirk Robson Award by the Australia Council for the Arts, which recognises outstanding leadership of people working in community arts and cultural development, particularly in reconciliation and social justice.


Ashlee Laing – Artist and Project Manager of Building Art On Walls – Tallangatta 


Ashlee Laing is interested in the politics of belonging and in finding new ways to challenge existing social borders and cultural boundaries. A central concern of Laing’s work is personal response to dominant authorities and cultures that contradict his ideal of an inclusively diverse society, one that respects not only fundamental rights and freedoms, but also the social, cultural and sexual identities of individuals. Laing’s art is instantaneous, direct and without apology. Primarily known for his photographic and video installations, Laing also paints, draws, stages performances and invites public participation in his work. At times humorous and at times confronting, Laing elicits responses from his viewers. By inviting the audience to engage with politically loaded topics, he creates dynamic spaces open to dialogues. Laing’s artistic practice provides a powerful and often challenging commentary on what it means to look for a safe place to belong within contemporary society. 


Vic McEwan –Artistic Director of The Cad Factory – Narrandera

Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, an innovative arts organisation based in regional NSW. Through this organization, Vic explores experimental and contemporary arts practice in partnership with diverse sectors.


Vic’s practice involves working with sound, video, installation and performance with a particular interest in site-specific work. He is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities. Vic aims to use his work to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the role that the arts sector can play within our communities. 


Vic was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia and the recipient of the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship 2014/16. Vic has recently completed three years of artistic research exploring the negative effects of noise within hospital spaces. He has shared the outcomes of this work internationally in the UK (Tate Liverpool), Lithuania (National Gallery of Lithuania) and Australia (The Big Anxiety Festival0. He sits on the NSW/ACT Arts and Health State Leadership Group, is a board member of Music NSW and holds a Masters of Arts Practice with High Distinction.