Monday 16 November 2009

Moving Along

Wow now things are moving along!!!!!!!!  Thank you everybody for your great feedback and encouragement.

On Saturday 14th November  Colour City Creatives met at the art gallery with the objective of forming an incorporated body to better pursue options of organizational  funding and sponsorship for local professional and emerging artists to have access to studio space and  gallery facilities to practice their own specialities. 14 people were in attendance and the group elected to become an incorporated body unanimously.
Also of note Orange Regional Gallery Director Alan Sisley  who was unable to attend requested that 3 people from the meeting be chosen to attend a meeting with Council regarding the artspace proposal this is pencilled in for the end of the month
 Again the difficulty of deciding who should be the representatives - in the end I  had to decide Christine Wade, Ken Mattock and myself will be attending this as yet to be arranged meeting. Backups in case of one of us not being able to attend Cheryl Trudgen and Nick Prusiak - I wish I could take you all but at the moment I'm using the strategy of spreading the butter evenly across the toast! (strange metaphor I know  - some of you are jam some butter and others toast - together we will all be just what is needed to fill that yawning hole!)

Max was here! Aida Pottinger

The meeting brought up many aspects of the artspace's  obvious and as yet not dreamed of uses

with regard to - in the main the strength of collabaration and the way it feeds and nourishes the creative spark

Visual arts

Gallery Space for local practicing artists
Sculpture - request for casting equipment also welding equipment, woodworking and stonecarving as well as some of the softer mediums - special access to scavenge at the tip in order to show one man's rubbish is another man's treasure and that recycling doesn't just mean putting cans bottles and paper in the bin with the yellow lid.

Bronze casting with Nick Prusiac

Photography - request for studio by Derek Wilson

Printmaking - press and associated paraphanalia
Multimedia - video equipment, computers, wireless hotspot

Practice room

Quiet room with computer, printer and a reason to get out of bed and go to work

Creative Businesses Incubator?
Architecture and Design require at the very least computer and internet access as well as a telephone line with which to do business.

Community Facilities
Community Garden - waste land into useful space.
Opportunity for Councils and energy providers to showcase and demonstrate new green technologies in retrofitting existing buildings with new, experimental and proven technologies designed to utilise finite resources for maximum effect.

And now for the big news!
ABC Local Radio's Angela Owens rang me and will interview me about this meeting just before the 9 o'clock news on Tuesday 17th November. Woo hoo it's happening!!!!!! Thank you Maryanne!.

Monday 9 November 2009

Lots of things are happening!

Orange City Council has adopted a resolution to back (no money as yet) artists wanting to aquire studio space at East Fork ( The Barracks) Alan Sisley tells me he is organising a meeting with council and interested parties - Tim Winters has offered his suport for the project so we have another well know award winning artist to add on our list of  interested parties.Tim Winters has lived and worked in Australia for many years. He recently won the Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting and is Director of the Ironbarks Printmaking Summer School in Australia.
There is a meeting this Saturday the 14th November at the Orange Regional Art Gallery at 10 am - It is intended to form a comittee of Colour City Creative's to enable us to become an incorporated body in order to pursue funding and sponsorship.The cost of incorporation I believe is $175 which I will ask attendees/future members to contribute towards - I will pay this up front and then ask for subsciptions (the more people the lower the subscription)
Marcus Westbury Workshop is on 18th November at Bathurst with a public lecture in evening (I still need to nail down the attendees for the workshop before 13th so I can give numbers to Arts out West) So far I think myself, Aileen, Ken and Joy are attending on behalf of CCCA. 
On the 3rd December I am meeting with the CEO of the Australia Council Kathy Keele along with Elizabeth Rogers (CEO of Regional Arts Australia) and possibly Louise Walsh from ArtSupport at The Barracks to discuss "The Vision"
Tracy Callinan from Arts Out West  has also emailed myself and Alan Sisly details of major funding available through the Jobsfund