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Episode 3 of the ArtsHubbub looks at how we recover after trauma with Judith Lucy's signature humour and heart.
Our new podcast: the ArtsHubbub Josh Earl misses live performance but has his podcast to keep him active. Image supplied.


How are artists coping with coronavirus? We talk to comedian Josh Earl about keeping performance alive with his podcast, getting audiences to pay for digital content and how Zoom won’t ever replace live gigs. Writer Donna Ward reflects on embracing solitude, finding your isolation project and panic-buying before it was even a thing. ACMI’s Seb Chan opens up about moving his team to working from home, what a post-COVID-19 future could look like and the exhausting intensity of videoconferencing. Plus Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley from the Arts Wellness Collective talks about how we can maintain our mental health and take the pressure off while we stay at home.

Episode 4: Artists in COVID-19 lockdown was made by Richard Watts, Sabine Brix, Michelle Macklem and George Dunford.

It features 'Chasing Waterfalls' by Tim Shiel as its theme music with additional music from The Other Stars.

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Episode 3: How can we recover?

How do we repair after loss and pain? After this past season of bushfires, and now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a critical time to talk about how we mend ourselves, and our art practice, after tragedy. Comedian Judith Lucy talks to us about exploring family struggle and personal tragedy in her act, and how that’s affected her relationships. We talk to Ella Holcombe about regrowing her family after the devastation of the Black Saturday bushfires over a decade ago. Associate Professor Chris Fleming chats with us about the problem of using the term 'recovery' to describe a lifelong process surrounding addiction. While Jill Bennett talks us through the difference between recovery and repair in working through trauma.

Episode 2: Political activism: when do we want it? Now!

Visual artist Badiucao speaks out on the power paste-up activism in the face of China’s censorship of his art. Hear about how he makes the streets of Hong Kong his gallery, and creating art in the face of fear and oppression. For the Nudge, we went along to the climate change rally at the State Library of Victoria to find out how artists can be politically active and effective. We spoke to Jessie Ngaio, Lyndal Jones, Neil Pharaoh and Jeff Sparrow protesting and art’s ability to change our world. 

Episode 1: Where do ideas come from?

Writer Christos Tsiolkas talks writing practice, his studio and the inspiration for his new novel Damascus. In our monthly segment the Nudge, we explore where ideas come from with research psychologist Dr Maggie Webb, visual artist Shags and musician/performer Chris Endry. Plus our monthly round up of what’s hot in the arts in the upcoming months.

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