Wyndham Art Gallery will host a public conversation with some of the country’s leading voices on race, racism and Australian identity as part of its program supporting the RACE exhibition.

RACE is an extended program of events being held across Wyndham including art exhibitions, public discussions and performances that will unpack, unmask and explore the topic of race.

One of these events is Unpacking RACE, a public discussion that aims to break down the barriers and stigma that can surround this topic.

Wyndham City’s Cultural Diversity Portfolio Holder, Cr Gautam Gupta, said 13 prominent panellists will speak at Unpacking RACE.

“Unpacking RACE is an exciting event that will expand the conversation around this topic to include the many and complex variations on race and racism that exist in Australia and in our own community,” Cr Gupta said.

“Over an afternoon audience members will be able to listen to and ask questions about race and Australian identity of prominent speakers and compelling thinkers from a variety of backgrounds, many who have first-hand experiences with racism.”

“Artists, filmmakers, writers, performers and activists will be panellists at the event, sharing their experiences and their thoughts on this subject.”

“It is hoped that the audience will then continue the conversation with their friends and family, helping to make Wyndham a more open and accepting community.”

Wyndham City’s Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder and Chair of the Reconciliation Committee, Cr Bob Fairclough, said the forum will provide the perfect platform to have a discussion about race through art.

Unpacking RACE will be held at the Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St, Werribee, on Saturday 27th August, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm.

The panellists are:

  • Keynote speaker – Daniel Browning – ABC Radio National Producer and Presenter
  • Namila Benson – Radio personality
  • Richard Franklin – Filmmaker
  • Professor Lynette Russell – Academic
  • Susan Macro Forrester – Artist
  • Dr David Sequeira – Artist, Curator, Academic
  • Dr Ruth De Souza – Academic, Writer
  • Kimberly Moulton – Curator
  • Dr Clare Land – Writer, Activist, Academic
  • Wani Le Frere – Performer, Producer
  • Dr Yassir Morsi – Writer Lecturer
  • Odetta Kelada – Academic, Writer

For more information www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/race.  

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