Creative Spaces Summit 2023

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Polly Dance

Polly Dance

Curator and Arts Writer

Polly Dance is a curator and arts writer living and working on Kaurna land in Adelaide. Her practice is concerned with site-specificity, truth-telling, and materiality. She has a curiosity in archival and local history research and has undertaken many creative ventures to retell the stories of our past. Notable curatorial projects include Standing on Ceremony (2021-22), Treasure of Pageants Past (2020-21) and People, Celebrating People (2018-19) exhibitions of contemporary art and historic archives at the Adelaide Town Hall and City Library, Musée Extérieur (2020-21) a public art trail of European art on walls throughout North and East Adelaide, PAINTFACE (2014) a series of site-responsive exhibitions at Constance ARI and other participating venues, and CACSA@70 Archives: Gathered Histories (2012) at Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.
In 2012, she graduated from the University of Adelaide with Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), specialising in History and Theory at UniSA.
Polly has been published as a visual art review writer in Real Time, Artlink, dB Magazine, and Editor of Vitamin – The Redux (2010) and Point Blank (2008). She works as Exhibitions and Collections Curator at Adelaide Festival Centre. Previously she worked as Curator at the City of Adelaide (2017-23) and Director of Constance ARI, Hobart (2013-14). She is a current Board member at Post Office Projects and was a former Co-Director of FELTspace (2011-13).

All Sessions by Polly Dance

Day 3
8:30 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Session Four

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Panel - Our Digital Futures: Lot Fourteen Innovators
Panellists: Mandi Dimitiradis – Director of Learning, Maker’s Empire, Anton Andreacchio - Co-Founder, Convergen and Jumpgate, Thomas Hajdu – CEO, Disrupter and Director, Sia Furler Institute and Kristin Alford – Director, MOD.

Join innovators and creators from Lot Fourteen who will talk about the latest creative interventions in the digital space. Our panellists are at the cutting edge of digital creativity and this is a rare opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how these translate into artistic experiences via case studies and first hand experiences. An amazing opportunity to think about what the future may hold from the people who are influencing and creating.


Keynote Panel - Mark Making
Panellists: Anderson Hunt – Founder and Artistic Director, Down Street Studios, Kristal Matthews, artist Wilay Designs

Our panel of public artists and curators will talk about the nature and importance of mark making in the context of art, community and heritage. The session will focus on the convergence of heritage and art - in the context of responding to place and why this is important. Galleries, artists, developers, designers and other stakeholders often collaborate on the creation, promotion of and engagement with artworks outside their facilities and within the public realm. Why is this important, what is the role of the artist and curators and what are the key things that we should be thinking about when making these marks on the world – acknowledging heritage and making history anew!