Arts Industry Get Together in Perth

By 3 June 2021 June 11th, 2021 Events

This free event is an opportunity to gather in-person as an industry for inspiring conversations about surviving and thriving as a creative under the new circumstances we find ourselves in 2021. WA Equity President Stuart Halusz will MC a morning of sessions with industry leaders and specialised experts including; clinical psychologist Sarah Borg, yoga teacher Sarah Chopra, business journalist Neale Prior and Media Super business development manager Patrick Horneman. There will be plenty of opportunity to catch-up and network with your colleagues.


  • Tuesday June 22, 2021
  • 9am-2pm
  • WAAPA, 2 Bradford St, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley
  • Morning tea and lunch provided.
  • Open to MEAA members and non- members.
  • Free of charge.
  • Please note: If you would only like to attend one or two sessions you still need to register via the link provided.


9.30am Welcome and Acknowledgment of Country
Stuart Halusz, President, WA Equity

9.45am-10.45am: Creativity and compassion: Tools for the professional performer
As professionals in a creative industry, we are used to being nimble and curious in response to ourselves, other people and the world around us. But how can we soothe and motivate our creative minds? And whilst our creative minds can feel a strong pull to noticing and responding to criticism more and more evidence is beginning to show us that a critical road is not the most productive or mentally sustainable pathway forward.What can we do to cultivate connection and compassion, as an antidote to our inner and sometimes external critics?

Sarah Borg, Clinical Psychologist

10.45am-11.10am: Morning Tea

11.10am-12.10pm: Reducing financial stress in times of hardship
What options are available for creatives to reduce financial stress in times of an employment desert or hardship? As creatives, financial booms and busts are part of our landscape. What options are there to reduce our financial stresses? How do creatives make informed financial decisions and plan for the future when recovering from a pandemic driven recession?

Neale Prior, Journalist, The West Australian
Patrick Horneman, Business Development Manager, Media Super
Libby Klysz, Performer, Director, and Producer
More speakers to be confirmed.

12.10pm-12.45 pm: Light lunch

12.45am-1.45pm: Mindfulness and Meditation for Performers
Mindfulness helps you build your resilience to stressful situations in life by training yourself to meet stress in a new light, using simple and effective practices, such as meditation. Mindfulness and Meditation can increase your resilience to stress and improve your overall health and wellbeing. In this session Sarah Chopra will introduce the concept of Mindfulness and Meditation and how it can be integrated into your daily life and discuss its many benefits.

Sarah Chopra, Naturopath and Certified Yoga Teacher

1.45pm-2pm: Final comments and close
Stuart Halusz
, President, WA Equity

The Equity Foundation thanks Media Super, WAAPA and Showcast for their support of this event.