Who Are We Now?

Who Are We Now?

Who Are We Now?

Who Are We Now?

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UK in Australia: Sept 2021 – March 2022

Australia in the UK: Sept 2021 – Dec 2022

UK in Australia: Sept 2021 – March 2022

Australia in the UK: Sept 2021 – Dec 2022


The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Designed to strengthen and build cultural connections, the Season theme is “Who Are We Now?” and will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together. The Season launches in both countries in September 2021.

About Us

Programme Features

Photo Live: Phuong Ngo


Featuring a series of online conversations between artists and curators from Australia and the UK exploring ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation and social justice.

Ben Quilty “Free Fall” and Patricia Piccinini “Kindred”

Cromwell Place, London.

Arndt Art Agency presents two solo presentations by leading Australian contemporary artists, Ben Quilty and Patricia Piccinini.

Menzies Australia Public Engagement Programme: Who Are You?


Online world premiere of Australian vocalist Amber Evans performing Who Are You?, a poem by British writer Zsuzsanna Ardó, set to music by American composer Hayes Biggs. Followed by an online panel discussion with the artists who reflect on their collaboration and their creative piece.

Who are we now? Beyond Colony to Cross-Cultural Learning (Griffith Review)


Join Griffith Review for a panel exploring the contemporary relationship between the UK and Australia. What are the challenges and opportunities for Australia and the UK around our shared colonial legacy?  How can we generate cross-cultural learnings?

Disability-Led in Practice

Queensland Theatre and online

Discussing what disability-led rehearsal rooms and project plans look like and the responsibilities of those involved, this conversation will unpack the various methods of working in a disability-led space within different artistic contexts.

Truth to Power Café

Touring / Adelaide Festival Centre / Blacktown Arts / Bunjil Place Ageing Positively Festival and Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival

This internationally acclaimed performance and digital theatre event is told through memoir, poetry, image, music and film. Participants speak passionately from the truth of their lived experience, in response to the question: ‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’

UK / Australia – Higher Education Sector Roundtable


Who are we now? Beyond COVID-19 to Trade and Exchange (Griffith Review)


Join Griffith Review, Australia’s leading journal for new ideas and great writing, for a panel exploring the contemporary relationship between the UK and Australia. How can Australia and the UK work together to build smarter solutions around COVID-19 recovery?  How can tourism, study and bilateral trade advance this?

This Is Who We Are: Mentoring the Margins

Short film: This is Who We Are: On Sisterhood / A Tribute to Beryl Gilroy / Book Launch of Black Teacher / Workshop: Your Life as a Creative Project with Celeste Ramos Via Zoom / Workshop: We Map Ourselves with Maya Chowdhry / ‘Women Walk The World’ on International Women’s Day / THIS IS WHO WE ARE FESTIVAL. Programme announced Dec 21

Connecting and amplifying women of colour in collaborative leadership across the UK and Australia.

SYNC Australia

Sync Australia – Online is a new intensive modular leadership and coaching programme exploring Deaf and disabled leadership.

black and white image of linda mccartney holding a camera

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Panel | Linda McCartney: Retrospective

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents an in-conversation panel event with Sarah Brown, Photographic Curator of the Linda McCartney Archive; Ballarat International Foto Biennale Artistic Director and CEO Fiona Sweet; and industry guests.
The panel will discuss the Linda McCartney: Retrospective, delving into the details surrounding touring the exhibition to Australia for the first time, Linda’s lasting influence and career, and the photographic medium as an art form.

Auslan and BSL Introductions Available

Welcome to UK/ Australia Season. These introduction offers key information about the Season’s programme and theme, as well as some information about the website.


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Vision Statement from UK/Australia Season Directors

Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC on how the UK/Australia Season will forge stronger ties between the two nations