Pain in the Arts

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Paul Kooperman

Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional; a frank look at the arts in Australia, why there's pain and how to cope.

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On Sunday, I started an international disability arts festival called Beyond Our Boundaries (BOB). I had nothing but the idea to bring organisations in the disability sector together to work on a collaborative project for collective benefit. But how do you start something with nothing? Creators, inventors, artists, makers, designers, painters, performers, entrepreneurs and imagineers all do it. Start with nothing and create something. They drive our world, shed light and provide perspective, insight and contradiction whilst inspiring others to dream, reflect, express and pursue opportunities previously unseen or seen as impossible. The world is truly a stage (and a film set and an art gallery), but there is pain:

About the author

Paul is the Director of the Australian Poetry Centre now located as part of the Wheeler Centre.