Author and radio and TV personality Meshel Laurie confesses to being a bad Buddhist, but every day she puts her energy into improving. She works in television...

Vivid Art After Hours: Spirituality and Inner Life

Location:

NSW
Australia

Venue:
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Vivid Art After Hours: Spirituality and Inner Life
Vivid Art After Hours: Spirituality and Inner Life

Speakers

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie is a radio and television personality, and a board member in Australia for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She is the author of numerous books and produces and hosts two of Australia’s most downloaded podcasts, Australian True Crime and The Nitty Gritty Committee.

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law

Benjamin is a freelance journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and the author. His work is regularly published in Good Weekend, The Monthly and frankie, and has appeared in over 50 publications in Australia and worldwide. As a full-time freelance writer, Benjamin has never had a proper full-time job with a salary, and splits up his time between writing, public speaking and (occasionally) teaching engagements. He also gets to work from home in his underwear.

 

Event Details

Author and radio and TV personality Meshel Laurie confesses to being a bad Buddhist, but every day she puts her energy into improving. She works in television, creates podcasts, writes books and parents twins, so she knows a thing or two about the mad juggle of modern life. In this talk with Benjamin Law, she offers a snapshot of her life and the speed bumps and detours on the path to enlightenment. Meshel may not be a beacon of Buddhist Zen...yet. However, as the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Or a shuffle to the instant coffee machine at five am.

After Meshel’s talk, be ready to shuffle and jive to Do The Spike Thing. In this live music tribute to our Vivid Ideas Game Changer: Spike Lee (appearing on Sat 1 June at Sydney Town Hall), the multi-skilled Andrew Bukenya and his band reinterpret the soundtracks of the ‘joints’ by this provocative filmmaker and trail blazer.

Slowing it down a notch, experience a short mindfulness session with Steve Pozel who’ll guide you through meditations on artworks in the Gallery’s collection. Places are limited, so arrive early to sign up for a spot.

If that’s not enough, head down to the Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth. In this ticketed talk, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and art critic Sebastian Smee, psychologist and digital nutritionist Jocelyn Brewer and singer, songwriter and author Holly Throsby explore the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask whether we’ll pay a price for our digital distraction. 
 
Topical talks and live music are just part of the entertainment each evening. Stay for mindfulness sessions, drawing workshops and artist-led talks. Vivid Art After Hours events are free and everyone is welcome. While you’re at the Gallery, catch the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibition too (admission prices apply).
 

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Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.