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Why Flock?

ARTIST RUN INITIATIVES: MODELS, GOVERNANCE AND GETTING YOUR OWN SPACE.

A Critical Thinkers Platform event, presented by NAVA and Cultural Services, Cairns Regional Council.

why flock?

Photo: Colyn Huber - Lovegreen Photography

Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) have been around for decades in Australia and all over the world. They are the rosella flocks of the arts industry; small, swift, colourful and noisy. Successful ARIs have launched careers, changed the culture of communities, sparked new forms of artistic expression and triggered economic development.


On 11 October 2016, Why Flock? brought interstate ARIs together to share their experiences, successes and lessons with local artists.

Representatives from local and interstate ARIs contributed their knowledge and ideas about setting up and running a space or program, trouble-shooting governance and compliance issues, professional development initiatives, the role of ARIs in supporting risk-taking and experimental practice, and more.


Why Flock? is a Critical Thinkers Platform event, presented by Cultural Services and the National Association for the Visual Arts.

This project has been funded by Arts Queensland.


Image: Michaela Gleave, It was never meant to last (BIG TIME LOVE), 2011, one minute event: pyrotechnics, timber stand, location: Prince Alfred Park, Sydney. This project was presented as part of the WE ARE HERE symposium, 2011, and supported by NAVA and Firstdraft Gallery. Photo: D. Knierm.


9.30am - 5pm

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Cairns

Free event, registration required

Speakers

Jaclyn Bates, co-founder/director One Place After Another and Brisbane Artist Run Initiative Festival (BARI)

Penelope Benton, General Manager NAVA, previous roles include co-founder/director The Red Rattler 2008-2013, and co-director Firstdraft (NSW) 2007-2008

Kylie Burke, co-founder Crate 59 and Trolly Studio (Qld)

Carley Commens, NAVA (Qld)

David Don, co-founder/director Corflute ARI and Brisbane Artist Run Initiative Festival (BARI)

Stephen Foster, Manager Cairns Cultural Services

Margaret Genever, Inkmasters artist (Qld)

Sebastian Goldspink, founder/director Alaska Projects (NSW)

Tamsen Hopkinson, Program Manager West Space and co-director TCB art inc. (Vic)

Tesha Malott, Manager, Firstdraft (NSW)

Judy Noller, co-founder Artists@Work (Qld)

Chris Stannard, Curator Tanks Arts Centre (Qld)

Daniel Wallwork, director The Upholstery (Qld)

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Photo: Colyn Huber - Lovegreen Photography

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Photo: Colyn Huber - Lovegreen Photography

Program

Welcome

Introduction by Stephen Foster, Manager Cairns Cultural Services

Keynote

Penelope Benton, General Manager at NAVA, formerly one of the founding directors of The Red Rattler in Sydney’s inner west and a previous Director at Firstdraft - Sydney’s longest running ARI.

Overview of Cairns Regional Council programs – from Beautiful Art Spaces to Urban Spaces

Chris Stannard and Lisa Christensen

Prospecting in the local ARI landscape

Malachi Aird (Crate59), Kylie Burke (Crate 59 & Trolley Studio), Theo Tremblay (Inkmasters), Nick Mills (Art House), Judie Noller (Artists@Work), and Daniel Wallwork (The Upholstery, Shed 55)

Interstate ARIs and other models

Penelope Benton (NSW), Jaclyn Bates (BARI - Qld), David Don (BARI - Qld), Tamsen Hopkinson (West Space & TCB inc. - Vic), and Sebastian Goldspink (Alaska - NSW)

Practical advice on setting up ARIs and good governance

Tesha Malott (Firstdraft NSW), Penelope Benton and Carley Commens (NAVA)

Why Flock? was a Critical Thinkers Platform event, presented by Cultural Services and the National Association for the Visual Arts.

This project was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Photo: Colyn Huber - Lovegreen Photography

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Photo: Colyn Huber - Lovegreen Photography

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Program

9:00am

Registration


9:30am

Welcome

Introduction by Stephen Foster, Manager Cairns Cultural Services


9:50am

Keynote
Penelope Benton, General Manager at NAVA, formerly one of the founding directors of The Red Rattler in Sydney’s inner west and a previous Director at Firstdraft - Sydney’s longest running ARI.


Overview of Cairns Regional Council programs – from Beautiful Art Spaces to Urban Spaces
Chris Stannard and Lisa Christensen


11:00am

Morning Tea


11:20am
Prospecting in the local ARI landscape

Malachi Aird (Crate59), Kylie Burke (Crate 59 & Trolley Studio), Margaret Genever (Inkmasters), Nick Mills (Art House), Judie Noller (Artists@Work), and Daniel Wallwork (The Upholstery)



12:20pm

Lunch


1.00pm

Interstate ARIs and other Models
Penelope Benton (NSW), Jaclyn Bates (BARI - Qld), David Don (BARI - Qld), Tamsen Hopkinson (West Space & TCB inc. - Vic), and Sebastian Goldspink (Alaska - NSW)


2:00pm
Afternoon Tea

2:30pm

Practical advice on setting up ARIs and Good Governance

NAVA


4:00pm

Networking and drinks