Festival Program


The Personal in Art

Fri 6 Sep, 10am
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. 

All art initiates from a kernel of emotional truth or lived experience – but what is an artist’s responsibility when it comes to contextualising their work? Join Azizeh Astaneh, Andy Butler and Tai Snaith as they discuss where to draw the line.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Azizeh is an artist, former art critic and a refugee living in Melbourne. She is the founding president of Melbourne Artists For Asylum Seekers. Since 2014 she has curated art exhibitions featuring works by asylum seekers and artists living in Melbourne. She is currently studying Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Melbourne.

Andy Butler is a Filipino-Australian writer, curator and artist from Melbourne. His essays on art, politics and Australian culture have been published widely, including in Overland and Art+Australia.

Tai Snaith is an artist and author. She has written and illustrated five books, most recently You Might Find Yourself (2019). Tai also creates large artworks, and recently completed a 30m wall of books for State Library of Victoria, which was shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards.

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