Karilyn Brown, Ryan Taaffe and Antonia Seymour

Our Big Stories in Big Data 

Karilyn Brown facilitates this conversation featuring Ryan Taaffe and Antonia Seymour on the big stories in big data. How are we collecting, interpreting and analysing our audience data? How do we use our data wisely to start to tell a meaningful narrative of our cultural spaces, communities and activities? And where and when is the right space and time to introduce new and future audiences?

Ryan Taaffe is the Executive Director for CircuitWest. He was the General Manager of the Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana, servicing a population area of over 100,000. In his tenure, Ryan was responsible for returning the centre to a programming focus and ensuring that the Centre actively participated in the sector and its community. He has a strong commitment to the performing arts sector and enabling the sector to collaborate and develop. He studied theatre and musical theatre at university. Ryan is the Chair of The Last Great Hunt.

Antonia Seymour oversees strategy and operations in her current role as General Manager at Arts on Tour. Previously at Urban Theatre Projects, Antonia brings a rich knowledge of the performing arts sector and touring, having worked at producing companies large and small, from Sydney Dance Company to Urban Theatre Projects, as well as London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Performing Lines. An alumna of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program and Australia Council’s Emerging Leadership Program, Antonia has a deep interest in the social impact of arts experiences and working collaboratively to affect change.

Karilyn Brown was CEO of Performing Lines from 2013-2018, securing recurrent federal and state government funding, established a philanthropic program, and managed the strategic realignment of the company through new modelling and sector development initiatives. Immediately prior to her appointment, Karilyn had been the General Manager of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture (IFACCA) from 2009. Karilyn’s career has included 20 years with the Australia Council, including as Deputy Director, Visual Arts and Crafts Board (1988-1994) and as Executive Director, Arts Development (2001-2009), and worked on several major international projects including the Venice Biennale and the Australian Indigenous Art Commission in Paris.

Wednesday 5pm – 5.45pm Cremorne Theatre