Museum Theatre FREE Event, capacity is limited – please register to secure your seats. From food festivals to celebrity chefs, to sustainable farming...

Our Place: How Food Shapes Australia


2 Murray Street
2000 NSW

Australian National Maritime Museum
Our Place: How Food Shapes Australia
Our Place: How Food Shapes Australia


Keg de Souza

Keg de Souza

Keg de Souza is an artist of Goan ancestry who lives and works on unceded Gadigal land and explores the politics of space through temporary architecture, radical pedagogy and food politics. This investigation of social and spatial environments is influenced by architectural training, squatting and organising, as well as personal experiences of colonialism - from her own ancestral lands being colonised to living as a settler on other people’s unceded lands. Keg often creates projects that focus on pedagogy to centre voices that are often marginalised - for learning about Place.
Keg has made projects for: South London Gallery; Artspace, Sydney; Setouchi Triennale; Biennale of Sydney; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Delfina Foundation, London; Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye; Auckland Triennial and Jakarta Biennale. She is a PhD Candidate in the Wominjeka Djeembana Research Lab; Monash University.

Palisa Anderson

Palisa Anderson

Palisa Anderson is first generational farmer and a second generational restauranteur.
Her mother Amonrat Chanta’s first business Chat Thai was established 32 years in 1989, since joining the business Palisa and her husband Matt have expanded the business to include multiple venues across the Sydney CBD and suburbs, they also provide the restaurants with certified organic produce from their farm in the Byronshire. Spending her childhood in and around restaurants gave her an appreciation for hospitality, a lifelong curiosity of food and ingredients and an easy rapport with people from all different
walks of life.

She is now immersed deeply in the growing of organic produce, land regeneration and wilding of NSW Northern River’s Australian landscape as a means to reverse and benefit the destructive growing methods of conventional agriculture. In 2020, she has published her first book On Growing and is currently the host, producer and writer for the show ‘Water, Heart, Food’ on SBS food and a guest host role for the 2021 season of ABC’s Gardening Australia.
She is passionate about every aspect of food and hospitality and loves meeting challenges that a small family business faces.

Clarence Slockee

Clarence Slockee

A Bundjalung Aboriginal man with a 30-year career in service to the public and the Indigenous community. Clarence has over 20 years’ experience in cultural and environmental education, developing and delivering high quality education programs, community arts & culture projects and conferences. 
A graduate of the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) College, Clarence has extensive experience in the performing arts sector as a musician and dancer with connections to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities across the country. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction) from UTS and has delivered keynotes and presentations at State, National and International forums. 
Clarence spent over 10 years at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney as Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator developing and delivering a range of curriculum linked education programs for K-12 and tertiary students linking people to plants. He is currently sole Director of Jiwah Pty Ltd where he continues to offer his services in consultancy as well as designing and delivering native species green space projects. 

Simon Marnie

Simon Marnie

Simon Marnie is an Australian radio and TV presenter, currently presenting the Weekend Mornings program on ABC Radio Sydney and ABC NSW and is a co-presenter of ABC TV’s “Escape From The City” 
Beginning at Triple J he has worked in community and commercial broadcasting, both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone.
Simon is passionate about food, has been a Reviewer for the Good Food Guide, a short order cook and is a Judge in Aquaculture for the Royal Agricultural Society. Simon conceived and co-judged the RAS NSW Presidents Medal for ten years, an award that recognised Environmental, Social and Financially Sustainable food producers across Australia.

Event Details

Museum Theatre

FREE Event, capacity is limited – please register to secure your seats.

From food festivals to celebrity chefs, to sustainable farming to meat pies and banh mi, food underpins and expresses the very essence of our understanding of who we are as Australians.

But what is Australian food?

How does food define us as a contemporary society and how has it shaped us as a nation?

What is the food of the future and how will this change our perceptions of who we are?

Join the inimitable Simon Marnie and an expert panel as they explore diverse perspectives to peel away the layers of Australian identity formed over a hot stove, a bbq, a wok, a fire pit or a wood oven.

Panel members: Keg de Souza, Palisa Anderson, Clarence Slockee

Host and MC: Simon Marnie

Presented by Vivid Ideas in association with Blacktown Arts and the Australian National Maritime Museum. See more of the Australian National Maritime Museum x Vivid Ideas program here.

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