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Platform Papers 40  

Take Me To Your Leader: The dilemma of cultural leadership

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To celebrate ten years of Platform Papers, tracking the cultural thinking of the nation, we have invited Wesley Enoch, a theate artist and Nunuccal Nuugi man from Stradbroke Island, to define what we mean by cultural leadership; and to ruminate on where to find it.

With the growth of government led cultural patronage, have we obscured the core reasons why the arts exist? Have the voices of the mob, the dissenters and the rambunctious opposition been corralled into an official culture? ‘I am sick of hearing we’re not good enough, we don’t do enough for artists, we need more money. Where are the visionaries? Artists are amongst the best qualified people to imagine a future, the ones who can carry the creative dreams of a nation. But where are you? Government champions the arts more than artists do, he says.

Enoch finds the arts community ridden with mistrust, and fearful of those who speak out. Australia, he concludes, is in great need of cultural leadership; of a fresh force to challenge thinking and gather confidence, to speak out as citizens in the national interest. But where to look? He finds the answer close to home.

Currency House | 978-0-99248-900-7 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB


WESLEY ENOCH is the eldest son of Doug and Lyn Enoch who hail from Stradbroke Island. His writing credits include The Sunshine Club, The Seven Stages of Grieving (co-written with Deborah Mailman) and Black Medea all of which he also directed; and The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table which won the 2005 Patrick White Playwrights' Award.

Wesley has been Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts, an Associate Artist with the Queensland Theatre Company, a Resident Director with the Sydney Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director with Sydney’s Company B, and is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company.

His extensive credits as a director include the premiere production of Stolen and a revival of The Cherry Pickers, both of which toured internationally, Capricornia, The Dreamers, Conversations with the Dead, Romeo and Juliet, Fountains Beyond, Black-ed Up, The Sapphires, Rainbow’s End, Eora Crossing, Bitin’ Back and Riverland.

In 2002 Wesley was the recipient of a Cite Internationale des Artes residency in Paris. Other awards include a Matilda Award ( The Sunshine Club 2000), Variety Club of Australia (Theatre Heart Award 2000), ’98 Queens Trust Award and ’97 Young Australian of The Year (Queensland Arts Section).

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