Art Biz Conference Update

On 19 September 2012, a conference was held in Kiama, NSW based around Arts and Business. During the conference delegates were able to spend time talking and sharing ideas, concerns, hopes and plans for the next 10 years of the Arts in Kiama.

The following link is a summary of those ideas… Arts Biz Conference World Cafe Summary

In recent months myself (Council’s Community and Cultural Development Officer), the Kiama Cultural Board and a number of local artists have been working on putting actions to some of the ideas that came out of the conference.

The following is an update of what has happened to date…

Using the National Broadband Network (NBN)

  1. Artists training booked with Kiama Community College:
  • June 20 & 27 ~ Social Media and the Arts ~ One theory and one practical session on using social media to promote you arts practice. Whether you be a beginner or advanced user these sessions will have something in them for you. Sessions provided through the Kiama Community College.
  • July 18 ~ LinkedIn ~Learn about this professional networking tool, connecting with others artists worldwide and promoting your work.
  • October TBA ~ International Master Classes (via web conferencing tools) @ Old Fire Station Community Arts Centre, Terralong St, Kiama, class topics to be advised. If you have connections with artists outside of or in remote parts of Australia who may wish to be a teacher for one of our classes please let me know. All mediums welcome.

 Arts Centre/Artist Connections for Kiama

  1. Preliminary discussions held regarding the potential, feasibility and cost of developing an online Art Gallery/Centre.
  2. Council’s Art Collection being put online via Flickr, will post link when complete.
  3. Formal subcommittee of the Cultural Board formed to work on the development of an Arts Centre within the Kiama Municipality, the subcommittee membership includes Council’s General Manager and Mayor.

 Doing Arts things in Kiama

  1. Kiama Tourism now has a new and improved events calendar Kiama Tourism Calender if you have an upcoming event, exhibition, workshop etc no matter how big or small please let Tourism know so that it can be added, tourism@kiama.com.au  You can also have your events added to the Kiama Network Blog site by emailing the details to me on louisec@kiama.nsw.gov.au or by filling in the form on the blog site Upcoming events in Kiama can been seen here and here
  2. Changes in Council insurance is currently being finalised in order to relieve financial burden on buskers.
  3. Old Fire Station is being made available for workshops, performances, recitals etc on Tuesday mornings between 8.00am and 11.30am, contact me for information or bookings louisec@kiama.nsw.gov.au
  4. Old Fire Station exhibitors are being encouraged to consider multiple use of premises while they are exhibiting eg having a musician/s playing during their exhibition opening hours and allowing performances, workshops, recitals etc to happen during exhibition closing times.
  5. Old Fire Station exhibitors are being encouraged to consider longer or later opening hours particularly during the summer months. Eg staying open later on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  6. Youth Centre will be undertaking an outdoor cinema evening in Hindmarsh Park during January School holidays
  7. Andrea Hope is progressing the Arts Trail project

Promoting the Arts

  1. Council is currently being approached to establish an Arts Honour Roll for Kiama, first honouree to be inducted at the 2013 Australia Day Awards if it goes through.
  2. Arts marketing campaign project by Belinda Brooks and Terri Rowe

Arts Relationship with Local Business

  1. Business sponsorship training for artists booked with Australia Business Arts Foundation:
  • April 18 ~ Show Me the Money ~ Make more money from your art. Explore three sources of income: how to apply for government grants, foundations or trusts, as well as prizes and residencies; how to seek sponsorships and approach business for support as an individual artist; and how to secure donations through AbaF’s Australia Cultural Fund. Discuss case studies and information on prizes and residencies relevant to a broad spectrum of arts practice. Ideal for: individual artists from any discipline who want to explore a range of income sources.
  • September 12 ~ Connect with Donors ~ Based on eight years of accumulated knowledge and practice, this workshop focuses on the ‘relationship approach’ – universally recognised as best practice. The workshop offers a fast moving and up-to-date introduction into arts philanthropy and giving. Topics include trends in giving to the arts, engaging your team, putting systems in place, types of giving, planning your approach, identifying and researching prospective donors, asking for support, thanking, acknowledging and celebrating, evaluating and reporting. Ideal for:Arts professionals wishing to develop skills in giving strategy and relationship management with donors and foundations. Marketing, development and philanthropic team members would benefit greatly from the insights and valuable tools for developing effective relationships with donors.

The Arts in Development

  1. Clauses within the newly developed Draft Public Arts policy, waiting approval by Council, include aspects in regard to public art inclusion in new capital developments.

Other Stuff

  1. Cultural planning document currently in development is inclusive of many of the ideas brought up at the conference, draft document will be available for comment when finalised.

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