Time Out is profiling the incredible people who are shaping the future of Melbourne in this Future Shaper series. We have asked a panel of esteemed experts comprising Simon Abrahams (creative director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe), Pat Nourse (creative director, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival), Senator Lidia Thorpe (Greens Senator for Victoria), Claire Ferres Miles (CEO of Sustainability Victoria), Peter Tullin (co-founder and CEO of Remix Summits) and Kate Vinot (chair of Zoos Victoria) to help us identify the people changing the future of Melbourne in the areas of food and drink; arts; community and culture; civics; and sustainability.
The arts is always changing and evolving, particularly in Melbourne. What would have been considered cutting-edge a decade ago reads as humdrum to audiences hungry to be amazed and challenged. When our panel of experts considered the arts, they wanted to champion both those who have big organisations and platforms behind them and those who are forging a completely new path without institutional backing. After all, the arts are a place for dreamers and boundary-pushers, those who want to shake it up, burn it all down and build a better tomorrow.
In the arts, our Future Shapers are: Matthew Lutton, artistic director and co-CEO of Malthouse Theatre; South Sudanese visual artist Atong Atem; Secret Squirrel Productions founder and creative director Tamasein Holyman; Bluethumb co-founder George Hartley; and ACMI chief experience officer Seb Chan.