Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Melinda Rackham

Melinda Rackham


Melinda empowers diverse audiences to engage with curiosity, delight, and wonder in interdisciplinary and immersive artforms - initially weaving intimate tales in the early internet and Virtual Reality worlds; founding the -empyre- media arts forum; as Networked Curator at ACMI and RIAus; Director of ANAT; to exhibiting, speaking and jurying at global conferences, biennales and festivals such as Ars Electronica, ISEA and Documenta.
Today their texts poetically and critically intersect the worlds of art, artists, networks, feminisms, social justice and environmental issues in print and digital publications; winning the Adelaide Festival Writing in New Media Award and SALA National Art Writers Award.
Major publications include the monograph Catherine Truman - Touching Distance examining the many facets of a jeweller’s career from the visceral precision of sculptural form to working with medical researchers; to a journey through the slimey low-res worlds of early cyberfeminism in an essay series for supergroup VNS Matrix’s pedagogical archive. Melinda’s third book Countess: Spoiling Illusions since 2008, co-authored with Elvis Richardson, examines embedded gender inequity in the artworld, exploring the Countess data’s cultural, personal and theoretical implications; staring conversations and embracing actions to remodel our sector.

All Sessions by Melinda Rackham

Day 2
8:45 am - 11:15 am

Keynote Session Two

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Address - All the World's a Gallery
Presenter: Rone
How do we define a “creative space”, what is the role of galleries in the development of street art and why do audiences love an unusual location? Hear from one of Australia’s most successful street artists, Rone will talk about his career, audiences of the future and the challenges of creating and exhibiting work in unique locations. Rone is one of Australia’s most acclaimed street artists, who has gone from spearheading Melbourne’s fledgling street art movement in the early 2000’s, as a member of the Everfresh crew, to being a celebrated fixture on the international street art scene. His work is held in collections all over the world including the Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, Detroit Historical Museum and the National Gallery of Australia. He has exhibited in Berlin, Denmark, Nashville, London and throughout Australia.

Keynote Panel - The Business of Galleries – Funding, Engagement and Partnerships
Presenters: Prof. Jennifer Radbourne, Ben Koop and Allison Russell
Our panel of experts will provide insight on contemporary funding models, cross industry engagement and the value of partnerships in developing new spaces. Between the three of them, they have decades of experience and knowledge to share with delegates.

Book Launch - Countess: Spoiling illusions since 2008
Presenters: Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson Hear from co-authors Professor Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson founder of CoUNTess blog and The Countess Report, who will launch their much-awaited publication which probes gender inequity in the Australian art world through raw data, biting humour, intimate memoir, theoretical musings, and strategies for sustainable change.