"It's not what you do in life that you are remembered for but how you make people feel"
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
Doing CSL has grounded me. I’m more calm and have a deeper reflective practice.
Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?
As an artist I'm passionate about human beings, our capacity to creatively express and that we all have this opportunity to express and listen. I believe a creative society is a healthy and progressive society. Rituals, gatherings, stories and sharings are vital to us understanding ourselves better.
As a full time creative director making socially engaged art, this can be one of the most challenging spaces to work in. Working in the arts and in inclusion are both highly under resourced areas and few artists have walked down this path.
I've done this for almost twenty years and I believe I only realised a few years ago that I was a change maker and that people were looking to me for leadership. I'm passionate about how to sustain this, create more flow for resources to come in, transmission of knowledge other, community building, partnerships and contributing to an arts ecology that does not have burn out, is inclusive, balanced and healthy.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
CSL has shown me how to slow down; how doing less is more; that vitality, resilience and rest are just as important as working hard to create change. That to affect sustainable change, you need to be a role model to those who work with you. That the best leaders are the ones who have time for others AND for themselves. That leadership is not only about work but about leading in your life and supporting your family and friends.
CSL showed me its not what you do in life that you are remembered for but how you make people feel.
Why leadership for sustainability is important?
Sustainability is the transmission of 'duty to care'. As a leader, if you practice sustainability in your own life, others will follow your footsteps.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
I will continue to create great art with diverse communities. My job is to use my imagination to not only reflect our times, but also to point to a better future. I will do this only with the right resources, the right amount of time and in balance with my life and family. I really desire to create complex art works whilst living life simply.
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
grounding, revitalising, visionary
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