Andrew Westle

Manchester / Melbourne

 

Andrew Westle is passionate about gender equality, social justice and making art accessible to everyone. His work defies boundaries and includes research, performance, evaluation, writing, theatre making, public health and stage management.  His work often questions the status quo, creating spaces for challenging conversations where ideas inspire dialogue, action and engagement. His work thus exists across disciplines including socially engaged arts practice, academic research and as a writer & commentator. Recently, Andrew releases a self-funded report about Gender Equality in Australian Dance, which has been celebrated for starting an important and needed conversation.

In his work across disciplines, including sexuality and health research with a specific focus on LGBTIQ health, he always questions the status quo and aims to create spaces for challenging conversations where ideas inspire dialogue, action and engagement. He especially believes in the potential for dialogues and collaborations outside of the traditional cultural spheres, including within health, business and government.

Working freelance across Australia and the UK Andrew works on a range of projects including with Manchester International Festival as a Project Manager, designing and implementing new project about creative and critical conversations within North Manchester. In Australia, Andrew works with All The Queens Men as a key creative on a range of projects including the Coming Back Out Ball and on the LGBTI Elders Dance Club. In these roles, he has shared responsibility for the creation and curation of the events in a way that inspires and embraces diversity.

Andrew has a long history of working in partnership and collaborations, including at La Trobe University, UNSW, Ausdance Victoria, BlakDance and recently with Metro Arts preparing a major report regarding their new vision.

As a writer, Andrew was Next Wave Writer in Resident (2016) and was awarded a fellowship at Writers Victoria. His writing focuses on knowledge translation, particularly in relation to dance. Andrew established the podcast Delving into Dance in 2016. The podcast has profiled a wide range of perspectives including: Deborah Jowitt, Meryl Tankard, Lucy Guerin, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Damien Jalet, David McAllister, Judith Mackrell & Sue Healy.

Interviews cover a wide range of topics including sexuality, Indigeneity, working regionally, environmental sustainability, arts leadership, academia, dancing with a disability and gender equity. From big players to independent artists, no hierarchy is given to participants, capturing the diversity of dance. Delving into Dance has been listed as one of the worlds top dance podcast and has an audience of over 15000 people.

Recently Andrew graduated from a Masters of Cultural Leadership at NIDA, as part of the inaugural cohort.