VIVID PANEL: A Fresh Perspective: Tackling Issues with Creativity
Date: Friday, 13 August
Time: 2 - 4pm
Venue: Vivid Ideas Exchange
Location:The Great Hall, Level 1 University of Technology Sydney, 15 Broadway, Ultimo 2000
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As part of Vivid Sydney’s Ideas Exchange program, Woven Threads Productions, known for its animated series’ on mental health and refugees, has been selected to host its panel “A Fresh Perspective: Tackling Issues with Creativity” which will showcase how unique content can be delivered to transform and amplify social and political conversations. The highly interactive panel will include an exclusive screening of Woven Threads and valuable takeaways, including live research on the day.
Hosted by prominent media personality and mental health advocate, Osher Günsberg, the panel includes Katherine Boydell, Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, Keenan Mundine, Co-founder and Ambassador for Deadly Connections and Michi Marosszeky, Woven Threads Director and Producer. Each speaker will provide empowering insights on how they’ve communicated powerful messages to achieve maximum awareness across sectors including mental health, community and justice services, and intergenerational disadvantage.
This panel opportunity follows the successful release of award winning documentary series, Woven Threads: Stories from Afar on ABC iView and currently, Woven Threads: Stories from Within on Pedestrian.tv: The series explores personal narrated stories on complex issues through powerful animation, breaking down debates, disputes and fears and replacing them with human empathy. Stories from Afar grapples with the plight of refugees while Stories from Within was produced in conjunction with The Black Dog Institute to give young Australians a window to share their mental health journeys.
Osher Günsberg is an Australian media personality, best known for hosting duties on Australian Idol and The Bachelor. He served on the board of SANE Australia as a director from 2016-2019 to help change attitudes about complex mental illness and was also an ambassador for children's charity 'The Shepard Centre', supporting children who are born dear or hearing impaired.
Co-Founder and Ambassador for Deadly Connections, Keenan is a proud First Nations man who faced difficulties in his adolescence with the justice system. Since then he has found his passion in giving back and helping people with similar experiences; strongly committed to creating a community-led solution to the current mass incarceration and child protection crisis of First Nations people.
Professor Katherine Boydell is the Head of the AKT (arts-based knowledge translation) Lab at the Black Dog Institute and Director of Knowledge Translation, Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise. Her work uses strategies which result in increased mental health literacy, decreased stigma and enhanced help seeking.
Cinematographer turned director, Michi Marosszeky always has her lens focused firmly on the positive - whether it be her own story of confronting cancer or some burning social issue. In all of her work, Michi unflinchingly cuts to the core, but instead of fear or resentment, finds hope and gratitude.
Michi created and directed highly acclaimed Woven Threads: Stories from Afar which focuses on refugee journeys and now, Stories from Within, which explores mental health.