Feminist Futures is a partnership with the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (QVWC) to consider the future of work, care and class and technology through an intersectional, feminist lens. Across two months APHIDS will take up residence at QVWC in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. There we will collaborate with resident orgs and host a series of laboratories, workshops and roundtable discussions led APHIDS’ co-directors Eugenia Lim, Mish Grigor and Lara Thoms, with the aim of up-skilling ourselves and our community. Participants will include drone operators, film makers, artists, academics, dancers, adults without parents, gig economy workers and more. Stay tuned to our news section for our upcoming opportunities and events.

Drone Film Development
Led by Eugenia Lim APHIDS spent a week considering the possibilities of drone technology and tech in film making, in collaboration with participating guests, mentors, and film makers. On Wednesday 3 February we led a workshop with artist, choreographer and film maker Sue Healey and opened this to members of our community. Participants included Amrita Hepi, Alex Cardy, Rebecca Jensen, Devika Bilimoria, Sam Soh, Priya Pavri, Alex George and the APHIDS team.

Bambi Film Development 
Working with Futureology, Lara Thoms facilitated worked through filmmaking, and critical dialogues, with 11 different creatives, including Jason Hood, Panda Wong, Yoni Prior, Liv Fay, Lou McClaren, Verity Mackey, Thom Thoms and psychologist Alana Fisher. The development centred around the creation of a short film, and made space for collective sharing and exploration of grief.

Class and Art Round Table
Facilitated by Mish Grigor, APHIDS held time in residence thinking about class and art making. On Saturday 20th March APHIDS facilitated a round table examining the intersections of class and art through academic, performance and writing contexts. Through public call out, and  collaborative discussion, a range of perspectives were shared and contrasted, building the framework for ongoing conversation. Participants included Zoey Dawson, Carly Sheppard, Cher Tan, Deborah Warr, Priya Namana, Sarah Brasier, Lara Chamas, Babs Rapperport, Danny Sun Baulch, Madeleine Flynn, and Maria Teresa Tavares. Mish also spent time collaborating with script writer Ash Flanders.

Feminist Futures initiative is made possible through generous funding from Creative Victoria, The City of Melbourne, and support from the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Images Lana Nguyen and Rebecca McCauley

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.