Grace Period for Conference Registration

The Arts & Culture Trust has extended the deadline for registration for its up-coming Arts & Culture Conference to be held at the UJ Arts Centre, till 31 July.

Entitled Creative Currencies: Accessing Opportunities in an Expanding Marketplace, the conference is intended to inspire and enable the creative sector. ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs says, “Gaining access to valuable expertise, knowledge and information of this nature, which has been neatly packaged at an affordable fee, is a rare opportunity. We recognise that waiting on payday might make a difference in a delegate’s ability to register, and hope that extending the deadline by a few days will help.”

Much of the initial content will centre around providing context on the impact of policy and its intersection with creative development. Valuable contributions are expected from Avril Joffe - the founding director of CAJ: culture, arts and jobs. She is a development economist with more than 15 years professional experience in the field of cultural development, cultural economy and creative economy as well as creative city development. She has more than 25 years in project management, organisational governance, policy development, and industry strategy and training. She has worked extensively throughout Africa and has developed generic cultural policy frameworks for Africa and training tools on fundraising and enterprise development for arts organisations in Africa on behalf of the Arterial Network. She has recently been appointed onto the UNESCO Panel of Experts on Cultural Policy and Governance, focussing on developing strategies, to promote and develop the cultural and creative economy. Avril delivers lectures and trainings on all aspects of the creative economy on many platforms locally and internationally.

Amarteorkor (Korkor) Amarteifio was active in the music industry from the beginning of her career, based primarily in Canada. She returned to Ghana in 1994 and was appointed Director of Programs and Operations at the newly established National Theatre. Her principal achievement in this position was to create a mission, structure and programs for the theatre; making it a home for artists and audiences of different ages, cultures and social backgrounds. In 2004, she co-established the Institute for Music and Development, which has served as a successful vehicle for the evolution of a professional and vibrant cultural and music industry in Ghana. Since its inception, the Institute has lobbied for the inclusion of a creative sector medium term development plan in the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda; implemented the Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund that awards grants for innovation and excellence in the arts as well as to promote Danish/Ghanaian collaborations through the arts; led the movement for the African Creative city/Cultural Capital project; set up the New Music Ghana festival and developed links with global networks of artists and Art institutions for the advancement of Cultural Diversity and the Ghanaian Art, Culture and Creative Industries.

International interactions will be demystified through various practical case studies. Tony Lankester is currently CEO of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. His background spans both the media world – he was a presenter, producer and marketing manager of SAfm in the late 90s – and the corporate world after working for Old Mutual as both head of communications and later as Sponsorship Manager. Through his work at the Festival, Tony is Chair of the World Fringe Alliance (which has nine member Fringe Festivals, reaching a global audience of over 3 million annually and which runs a creative exchange programme, allowing artists to travel between Festivals to perform) and Treasurer of AFRIFESTNET (160 member festivals across the continent). The Festival also secured the contract, in 2013, to curate and manage the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. His particular interests are in promoting South African artists and performers internationally, using social media to promote the arts, and creating amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for visitors to Grahamstown.

David Krut made a major career change in 1980, which allowed him to devote his time to his passion for books and artworks on paper; leading to strong working relationships with master printer Jack Sheriff, Alan Christea - the most important contemporary publisher of editions in the world, and artist William Kentridge. As a result of these interactions, he has been instrumental in facilitating extensive international artistic collaboration and local creative hubs. He established his own print workshop/publishing house/bookstore/gallery in Johannesburg in 1992 that led to the extended art strip on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. In 2009 an enlarged David Krut Projects space was established at Arts on Main in downtown Johannesburg. The print workshop is managed by Master Printer Jillian Ross who has collaborated with more than 100 artists from South Africa; while the book publishing activity has published more than 50 books. Krut will provide valuable insight into Curating Across Borders.

Development and innovation forms a strong component of the conference programme. Alice Cabaret is an urban strategist expert in neighbourhood regeneration. She is currently Strategic Operations Manager for Propertuity, developer of the Maboneng Precinct, an innovative, mixed-use, connected neighbourhood in Johannesburg. Born in Paris, France, Alice graduated with a Masters Degree from Sciences Po University and worked as a consultant for various urban design agencies before moving to Johannesburg in 2011 to work for the French Agency for Development (AFD) on urban regeneration projects and affordable housing in the inner-city. She has also published research through the University of the Witwatersrand on pedestrian practices in Johannesburg, entitled “Back to the Streets” (2012). Cabaret forms part of a discussion on the intersection between Cities and Creative Capitals, and the arts.

Conánn FitzPatrick will provide a global perspective on developments in the online space. He a lecturer in Computer Animation in the School of Art and Design in the University of Ulster, Ireland. Conánn has previously worked as a designer and FX animator at DreamWorks Animation and has a wide-ranging experience of design for new media. His recent work includes the development of the internationally commended FRESH—Processing Creativity Program for Belfast Metropolitan College, which tackles the issues associated with developing Creativity in education.

Along similar lines, Dave Duarte’s presentation will focus on online marketing of the arts. Duarte wants to develop more tech savvy leadership in Africa. He is Chief Executive at digital innovation lab, Treeshake. He founded Africa’s first business school course on Social and Mobile Marketing at the University of Cape Town, and lectures on the Executive MBA. He founded the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, which grew out of one of the world’s largest agencies to being a standalone learning company working with some of the world’s largest brands. He is an advisor, trustee, investor & board member at various tech startups. Accolades include being selected as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans; SA Business Blogger of the Year; and African ICT Innovator of the Year finalist.

In addition to a full complement of plenary sessions, a number of smaller breakaway sessions will form a part of the programme to allow delegates an opportunity to engage directly with issues of interest and importance.

A screening of the documentary “You Chuse” will be followed by input from experts on Copyright and Creative Commons Licensing. Using the Vantagepoint Entrepreneurship Game with specific Arts and Culture Business Challenges, participants can take part in an interactive workshop with fun learning in a simulated business environment whilst focussing on specific practical problems from the field. “Business Acumen for Artists: From Artist to Entrepreneur” will consider some of the practices and perspective changes required to sell your art without selling your soul.

One session will focus on the economic and other benefits, trends, learnings and pitfalls of curating across borders, while another will explore the possible places and spaces for the exchange of ideas, opportunities and the deepening of one’s knowledge and artistic competencies through residencies and exchange.

There will also be a number of opportunities to engage on specific matters within the South African context: how appropriate or useful the creative industries are as a public policy concept; the challenges and prospects of stimulating local content development, particularly on radio and television; and the position of public museums and theatres.

The Conference will take place 6 – 8 August 2013 at UJ Arts Centre, Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg. R750 per delegate includes access to all presentations, entertainment and refreshments. For more information and registration; please visit Extended registration closes on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

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