Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Officer, Claire Spencer, was recently invited to speak at the Tessitura Learning & Community Conference in Orlando, Florida to 2,000 delegates about Arts Centre Melbourne’s experience with the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program.

In this talk, Claire Spencer addresses the difficult topic of mental health in the high-pressure world of the performing arts. Shaken by the loss of a young employee, Spencer examined the available resources. While one of the Centre’s core values is ‘Care More’ — creating a safe and secure environment for everybody — it felt reactive, rather than preventative. Was the mask of glamour and perfection hiding a broken industry?

Content Warning

This talk contains discussion of suicide. If you are concerned for your own mental health and wellbeing or the mental health and wellbeing of others, please seek support.