Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson


At the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, we curate a year long program that aims to provide our audiences with the knowledge and means to navigate some of the world’s more complicated issues, and the tools to meet our shared responsibilities to Strengthen our Democracy; Value our Diversity and Build our Future ­– which are the Centre’s fundamental themes. As I look at the month ahead, these themes are continually reflected in our upcoming program.

June at the Hawke Centre commenced with the opening of Standing Up, Standing Out, an exhibition co-presented with Nexus Arts and Tutti Art. Photographed by Emmaline Zanelli, the artworks in this exhibition are the result of a series of turban workshops, facilitated by portrait artist Daniel Connell with members of Tutti Visual Arts and Adelaide’s Sikh community. The exhibition aims to promote diversity and the value of the Sikh community, whilst also recognising the value and power of artistic expression of artists living with disability. You can view this exhibition until Wednesday 13 June in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, and Nexus Arts Gallery from 31 May to 13 July. Following this exhibition, the Gallery will host the annual SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards Exhibition from Monday 18 June - Tuesday 10 July. Showcasing students’ artwork - from primary to tertiary level –the artworks aims to celebrate the UN International Refugee Convention by communicating how refugees are welcomed, become part of, or contribute to the Australian "family".

As part of SA Refugee Week, we are also honoured to once again co-present the 2018 ARA Oration. This year’s oration will be delivered by Gill Hicks, a survivor of the 2005 London terrorist attacks and one of the world's most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers. Gill will shares what she has learned about herself, humanity and the extraordinary and inherent ability to rise in the wake of adversity. Trauma will be further discussed in a media context in When the story breaks...how trauma reverberates through the media, co-presented with Women in Media SA. Featuring industry professionals Leisha Bond, Louise Pascale and Sharon Smith, and researcher Dr Miranda Van Hooff (University of Adelaide), the panel discussion will unpack how we report trauma and its impact on media professionals.

We finish the month with a visit from another empowered female leader, Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of Fleet Space Technologies. Fleet is a nano-satellite company that aims to revolutionise the way we work and connect on Earth using space technologies. Co-presented with the United Nations Association of Australia (SA), Flavia’s talk The Rise of New Space Endeavours in Australia will cover her venture Fleet and how New Space technologies are changing industries in Australia and around the world.

As always, there is more to come as the Centre is home to an incredible array of artists, activists, and change makers. In the meantime, you can relive all Hawke Centre events through podcasts and videos on the Hawke Centre website.

With another inspiring month ahead, we hope to see you in June at a Hawke Centre event.


Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director


While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - and Building our Future.

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within the Hawke Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.

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