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Art in Colour is a web-series celebrating and promoting People of Colour in Australian popular culture and the arts.

Each episode confronts the prejudice faced by POC artists and encourages ethnically diverse creatives to claim their space in the mainstream arts landscape by exhibiting creative role models that they can identify with and look up to.

We want to teach young people to embrace their culture and their passion and let them know there is space for them within the creative industries.


 

Meet the Artists


Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Performance Artist

Episode #1 – CLICK TO VIEW

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer based in Melbourne. Sukhjit is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts, and inherently merges her advocacy background with her work in the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.

In the past three years, Sukhjit has competed in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition at the Sydney Opera House, performed on national television as part of Australia’s Got Talent, and most recently was a speaker at TedxUWA. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion, and she has toured her performances and workshops to the USA, Canada, UK and South East Asia, as well as across Australia.

In addition to her own arts practice, Sukhjit currently works at Multicultural Arts Victoria as the Project Coordinator for Common Ground, a multilingual spoken word workshop series aiming to build empathy through self-expression.


Rajith Savanadasa
Writer

Episode #2 – 8 November, 4pm

Rajith Savanadasa was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2017 for his debut novel, Ruins, which was also shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Rajith runs Open City Stories, an oral history project documenting the lives of a group of aslyum seekers in Melbourne.

Rajith is currently working on his next novel, Another Name for Gold, and is a fellow at the Malthouse Theatre as part of their Living Now program for CALD writers, where he is writing a piece of documentary theatre.


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Sasha Chong
Co-Founder, DisColourNation

Episode #3 – 13 November, 4pm

Growing up playing music from a young age, Sasha grew to love it and has never stopped playing since. In high school, she started getting involved in theatre and her two loves merged into one when she discovered musical theatre. Since graduating, Sasha has performed in a number of amatuer theatre shows, before co-founding DisColourNation, a musical theatre company for People of Colour based at the University of Melbourne. She worked with DisColourNation to create two original works: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being, and Romeo is Not the Only Fruit (RINTOF). She is now involved in the development of RINTOF as part of the 2017 Poppy Seed Festival and is very excited to continue working on it.


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Sonya Suares
Actor/Theatre Maker

Episode #4 – 11 November, 4pm

Sonya is an actor and theatre maker. Her theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arcadia, The Vagina Monologues, Rappaccini’s Daughter, One for the Road, In the Family, The Pajama Game, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and touring Shakespeare into both schools and wineries. Her feature films credits include Wil, Knowing, My Year Without Sex and The Last Ride and television highlights include Rush, Very Small Business, East West 101, Prank Patrol, Lowdown, Winners & Losers, It’s A Date, Legally Brown and Romper Stomper: Next Generation.

In 2012, Sonya founded Watch This, producing and performing Assassins (2013), Pacific Overtures (2014) and Company (2015) to critical acclaim and a total of 12 Green Room Award nominations! Also in 2015, she performed in Elbow Room’s We Get It and delivered the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival as Festival Director.

In 2016, Sonya developed a total of seven scripts with MTC, Belvoir and Playwriting Australia’s National Playfest, toured Company to regional Victoria and We Get It to Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2017, she performed in Polyglot and Papermoon Puppet Theatre’s Helpmann-nominated Cerita Anak (Child's Story) at Arts Centre Melbourne, MTC’s world premiere of Melbourne Talam and brought Watch This’ season of Merrily We Roll Along to the Lawler Theatre.


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Kat Clarke
Multidisciplinary Artist

Episode #5 – 29 November, 4pm

A proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, Kat Clarke is a multi-talented creative who takes pride in being active within both her own community and the many diverse communities around Melbourne. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing from RMIT in 2014, she has gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music and the arts, screen, and education. Kat also works as a cultural consultant to various mainstream, community, arts, and film organisations.

Kat is a part of the Victorian Blak Writer’s Group in Melbourne, and has collaborated with organisations such as The Rag and Bone Man Press, RISE for Refugees’, STREAT/RMIT, The Department of Education and Training, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Sista Girl Productions, The Wheeler Centre, Made In Melbourne Festival, Art Is Festival, Tin Man Games and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Kat dreams of one day developing a Community Cultural Arts Centre back home on country, where she aims to incorporate a culturally safe learning environment that supports creative talent, encourages self-care, and business management. An environment that embraces the sharing of cultures, the arts, and resources for all.


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