The launch of TLF Creative – an orchestra and arts-based group that provides an inclusive and creative space for legal professionals – is a response by Legal Forecast to the pressures of life in the legal profession.
“The legal industry is stressful, so TLF Creative gives you the opportunity to take a break from the stress of work and express your musical and artistic talents alongside like-minded professionals,” the advocacy group noted in anticipation of the event.
“Our goal with TLF Creative is to foster collaboration, promote positive mental health and enable creative and talented legal professionals to meet socially, on a regular basis, and collectively pursue musical goals.”
TLF Creative is “a space to watch”, said Legal Forecast director Angus Murray.
“Law and art are profoundly important for society and this initiative serves as the starting point for a significant and healthy change in focus for the legal profession. The introduction of the arts into law will bolster wellness in the legal profession and allow lawyers to access a creative outlet,” he said.
The Banco Court event opened with “a powerful didgeridoo performance” by William Barton and Aunty Delmae Barton, marking the first time that a didgeridoo has been played in a State Court of Queensland.
It also featured a keynote address entitled, ‘Repositioning the Arts in your Life’, by TLF Creative’s Founding Patron, the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides, and concluded with stunning performances by barrister Matthew Hickey and local lawyer Giovanni Porta, “which culminated in a didgeridoo-backed performance of From Little Things, Big Things Grow, accompanied by a packed gallery of the Banco Court singing along”, Legal Forecast recounted.
Speaking about the new creative arts arm, she said: “The arts will always connect us emotionally by capturing the essence of lived experience.”
TLF Creative will begin with a 30-piece orchestra rehearsing fortnightly at the Old Museum Building in Bowen Hills, Legal Forecast said, and the arm has future plans to expand into other creative forms such as drama, visual art, dance and literature.