Critical Animals

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Critical Animals Symposium

The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is an annual conference that takes place over the first weekend in October in Newcastle, NSW as part of the This is Not Art festival.

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Situated at the intersection of arts and research, Critical Animals is a space to share ideas, develop practice and form connections. Every October long weekend, the symposium brings together students, researchers, writers, artists, academics and thinkers who are critically engaged in creative and experimental art practices. It is an opportunity to present papers, research material and creative practices with an aim to generating discussion and collaboration.

As a not-for-profit and entirely non-commercial festival, the symposium offers all its events for free to artists and attendees.

There aren’t many events that are as accidentally and deliberately interdisciplinary as Critical Animals. Critical Animals is a spring board for both the artists involved and the audiences in attendance to break down boundaries between fields, between thoughts, between practices. I think it’s really important not to just give space for this type of work, and to actively create space for the discussions and experimentation needed to push ideas and artists and audiences. To some I think it might seem less glamorous, less pretty and less ‘fun’ than other facets of art, but it’s also very rewarding, challenging and engaging.

We’re an entirely volunteer-driven organisation, and this year, we’ve had our funding cut. We’ve funded the festival off of our own backs, but don’t have enough to renumerate our artists – which makes us sad, mad, and maybe even bad.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Your donations will be used to PAY. OUR. ARTISTS. AND. CONTRIBUTORS.

If you’re planning on attended a Critical Animals event over the TiNA weekend, think about throwing in some coin to our campaign, so that we can try to create an equitable environment for emerging artists to thrive in.

You can see our program at our website, which includes all events, academics and artists involved.

The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is an annual conference that takes place over the first weekend in October in Newcastle, NSW. It’s a part of This is Not Art, one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, celebrating emerging and experimental practices.

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Ellen Wignell

VIC
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F45 Training Armidale

NSW

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Artists Website
https://criticalanimals.com