Advocacy, policy and action for an Australian arts sector that's ambitious and fair

Mark Shorter

Mark chats to NAVA about funding and discusses the importance of pursuing your arts practice in the face of adversity.

Mark's work is informed by an examination of the historical intersections between the variety theatre and visual art practices. Through this investigation he has developed and performed identities such as the lewd country singer Renny Kodgers, the intrepid traveler Tino La Bamba and the ethereal aktionist, Dutch Painter. These characterisations are grotesquely hyper-male, sexually ambivalent and deeply romantic. They also raise the spectre of the alter-ego in Australian culture and how it is employed to create a theatre of provocation, irony and satire. Mark has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and has completed a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts. Like many artists looking for public support Mark has been both successful and unsuccessful in receiving public funding, in this video he discusses the importance of pursuing your arts practice in the face of adversity.