It’s been a year since lockdown devastated the arts

Where were you exactly one year ago?

I was in Adelaide for festival season – and in typical pre-pandemic fashion, I’d just come from meetings and events in Sydney, Canberra and Hobart. Unimaginable now.

The very last show I saw was the magnificent Howl by experimental art organisation APHIDS, as part of the Biennale of Australian Art. It was a rousing, galvanising performance – a bold parade of iconic artworks, reinterpreted onto queer bodies – that heightened my passion for the industry, invigorating the energy required of such demanding advocacy work.

In the long months that followed, I would come to draw on that feeling a great deal…

>>> Read on in the Guardian

IMAGE: Thursday evening 4 March at Collingwood Yards. Photo by Esther Anatolitis.