Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Pam Makin

Pam Makin


Pam Makin is a writer, poet, and performer living on Kaurna land. She is often seen behind the microphone on stages across the Adelaide poetry network. Except on Tuesdays, when she volunteers, front of house, at Barossa Regional Gallery. In 2018, Pam did the unthinkable and gave up her day job to focus on writing. In 2021, she was a finalist in the State Poetry slam. She was recently Poet in Residence at Adelaide City Library. Pam has always written and has collaborated with artists over decades on various projects. Her recent work with music and musicians explores new ground.

All Sessions by Pam Makin

Day 1
2:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Keynote Session One

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Address - First Nations Art in the 21st Century
Presenter: Sally Scales
How can we do better and support the sharing for First Nations culture within the gallery and visual arts sectors and how do we ensure our creative spaces are safe and respectful places for First Nations People. Join Pitjanjatjara woman, Sally Scales as she speaks to her experiences as a First Nations advocate, artist and cultural leader. Sally is part of the Uluru Statement Dialogue Leadership and a member of the Government’s Referendum Working Group. She has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013.

Keynote Panel - Looking Forward, Looking Back
Presenters: Margaret Worth & Tom Borgas

Positioning artists at the centre of our conversation, two accomplished South Australian artists will speak to experiences and ideas about galleries and where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Regional Showcase Performance - A Musical Painting of a Thousand Words
Presenters: Pam Makin and Cara Boehm
Join Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Pam Makin and Musician, Cara Boehm as they present a performance exploring the parameters of the individual’s experience of art and art spaces. Considering the influence of cultural bias and the role this plays in our response to artistic provocations, this is a new work created especially for the Creative Spaces Summit. It is being presented as part of the Regional Showcase Program, funded through Country Arts SA.