Adelaide Arts Organisations article on ActNow blog

When the first COVID-19 lockdowns hit last year, many vulnerable and marginalised communities became immediately more marginalised. In response, Adelaide’s artists and arts organisations took their work online as a way to keep showing up for people suddenly disconnected from their communities, and to make sure their diverse stories and experiences could be shared.

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Putting People First in ProBono Australia

Managing team wellbeing can be a challenge at the best of times – and the best of times seem very far away.

As we settle into our newest new-normal, our teams are stressed and preoccupied. Many are still recovering from being distanced from the social, cultural and creative interactions important for their health and happiness. Many are still adjusting to what it means to re-engage with the world.

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How to Make Digital and Hybrid Work in The Big Idea

Digital and hybrid work is nothing new – but it has never been so ubiquitous or so clearly understood, nor changed at quite this rapid pace.

In a post-COVID creative sector, we need to take the opportunity to reflect on our recent experience and imagine new, hybrid arts organisations that allow for more flexible and effective employment and delivery options.

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Digital, flexible and accessible: launching Our Hybrid Future

Here are two things about me: I work from home. And I manage teams remotely (or I have done in the past). At the start of 2020, these things – while nowhere near unique – were still rare in the circles I worked in. Most of my friends, colleagues and clients went to work each day in offices, and most of them worked with or managed people within the same buildings they shared.

Who would have thought that, merely three months later, those skills would almost be universal? That we would all be working from home, and working with others from theirs?

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Don’t Ditch The Digital in ArtsHub

The panic and pivots of COVID-19 have depleted our sector and left all of us exhausted. For those returning to our venues and offices, it’s tempting to go back to our former work and delivery practices – which were, in many ways, were less flexible, less accessible, less diverse, less productive, and certainly less compatible with other areas of our lives.

As artists and organisations move towards a new-new-normal, we have an opportunity to draw from the best of this recent experience, improve the parts that caused us problems in the past, and re-imagine how we make art work onsite and online – in ways that are more flexible, accessible and better for everyone involved. 

I’m over on ArtsHub this week talking about how keeping and improving our digital and hybrid work practices simply makes sense.

Our Hybrid Future in Books+Publishing

Thrilled to see Hybrid Future featured on the Books+Publishing website ($).

“Former Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen has received funding of $11,475 from the South Australian Arts Recovery Fund to publish a new arts sector resource on digital and hybrid work and delivery. ‘Our Hybrid Future’ will include tools, tips and templates to ‘revisit the logistics and culture of digital and remote practices, learn from recent innovations, and develop the skills and systems needed to create hybrid work and delivery environments that are effective, equitable and enjoyable’.

‘Covid-19 rushed Australia’s arts and cultural sector into digital workplaces and delivery methods faster than anyone could have imagined,’ said Larsen. ‘Now that the initial shock is over, the sector needs practical, industry-focused guidance on how to draw from the best of this recent experience to create a more flexible and accessible future for us all.’

To be illustrated by Adelaide artist Bec Sheedy, the guide will be distributed free to arts and cultural organisations across Australia.”