Pacesetters Creative Archives

THE PACESETTERS CREATIVE ARCHIVES are a chronicle of the histories of creative practice of migrant, refugee and culturally diverse arts practitioners in Australia.

In October 2019, Diversity Arts launched the Pacesetters project, bringing together four trailblazing artists: Aamer Rahman, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers, Rani Pramesti and Latai Taumoepeau. The project celebrated and paid homage to leading First Nations and culturally diverse creatives through new films, music, performance and an online platform.

In Stage 2, we’ve developed the Pacesetters Creative Archives, which further documents and shines light on the works of those who have come before us. These living archives will record the stories of established arts practitioners across all art forms, including literature, the visual arts, the performing arts, screen and film, community cultural development etc.

We are seeking suggestions about:

  1. established arts practitioners, from migrant, refugee and culturally diverse backgrounds, who have set the pace and made a significant contribution to a particular art form

  2. writers who can interview them for The Pacesetters Creative Archives

  3. historical projects (events, exhibitions), collectives, organisations or initiatives that should be represented in the Archives (for coverage in Stage 2)

The interviews (approximately 1500 words of text  + audio recording for podcast) may be about a specific project, exhibition, event, performance or may be a broad overview of the work that the established arts practitioner has undertaken over their career. This project has a NSW focus thanks to support from Create NSW’s Rescue and Restart fund.

If you know of an established arts practitioner that could be interviewed and a writer who would be interested in interviewing them, we want to hear from you! Self-nominations welcome. All suggestions will be gratefully received and the project team will make a final selection of interviewees and interviewers to fit within the parameters of this project.

Diversity Arts receives core funding from Create NSW and Australia Council for the Arts.

Want to suggest an interview subject?

Please get in touch via our online form.

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