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Want a Vibrant Arts Community? Let's Brainstorm!

Imagine if the Ballarat area had a vibrant arts community. What would that mean to you? What would that look like for you? What if it was as easy to meet other artists as it is for footy players to find a team? What if there was a dedicated arts space? What if studio/ rehearsal/ exhibition space reliably existed? What if experienced artists had a place to share their knowledge? How would such an arts community improve living in the Ballarat area for everyone? Surely you have opinions?

There are many successful working examples of thriving, connected, nurturing artistic communities out there and happening right now. The people of Ballarat & surrounds are invited to gather on Friday July 22 to figure out how we can make this happen here.


A giant brainstorming session
The 'Activating and Protecting our Arts and Cultural Heritage Forum' has been set up to gather ideas from everyone touched by the arts in the Ballarat area and to find out as a collective what people want the most. Nothing about how to proceed after the forum has been decided yet, because what comes out of the day from the community will decide what happens next.

Consider this a giant arts community brainstorming session, where the 'how can we?' and 'wouldn't it be great if...' can be explored. Bring your ideas. This is your chance. Help invest in how we can make a great arts community. Help Ballarat become a truly vibrant arts hub. This is a positive, constructive
chance to focus on 'how can we' instead of getting stuck in 'we can't'.

The forum day includes presentations from six local and state-wide arts organisations of various art modalities sharing their experiences of models that have worked.
There will be a panel of members from these arts organisations to give answers and advice based on their experiences to pre-submitted questions.
There will be a workshop/ thinktank to gather ideas on how to move forward.
There will be a public commitments session where people can register how they wish to be involved or what they have to offer.


Is this for you?
The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts in the Ballarat area. The more people who attend or send in their thoughts, the more relevant the results will be. That means YOU!

Artists, what do you most need? What do you most want? Businesses and building owners, do you have space lying empty that you would like filled? Non artists, do you have constructive opinions on the arts community and possibilities?

If you have an idea, if you have a skill, if you have a resource, if you have enthusiasm that might benefit the arts community in this area, this is the time to step forward and make it known. This forum is a day of gathering the ideas, skills, resources and energy of everyone who wants to be involved to figure out what we've got and what we want as a community and then work out a way forward to make things happen.


Why now?
On June 1, Arthur Gallery closed down. Within weeks, Space 22 announced they would also be closing at the end of their lease. We are now down to one independent gallery - Red Brick. Ballarat has long had a cycle of arts organisations coming and going. The arts has been struggling for a very very long time. This cycle of struggle goes back to the 60s. We get several years of several healthy arts groups, then all but one die off, then that one goes and then years of nothing go by before the cycle repeats. With the cycle of struggling arts venues repeating yet again, community frustration going back nearly 50 years has at last led to a large discussion about how to find a reliable and stable way forward.

This is - finally - a brand new approach to the problem of support for the arts from this area. This time it's a groundswell, not a top down imposed idea. This time we get to imagine and voice what we want to see. This time we can choose to do things differently. This time we can try being a collective. This time we own what happens.

 

Ways to be involved

Send in your burning questions.

Your biggest questions regarding both how to create a vibrant arts community in Ballarat and issues we face are needed before the day. Send to emma@arthurcreative.com.au
There will be a panel of members from long running successful arts organisations to give answers and advice based on their experiences to set questions. These questions will be gathered from the questions submitted. The most burning questions will be addressed by the panel.

Make known what you have to offer.

If you have an idea, if you have a skill, if you have a resource, if you have enthusiasm that might benefit the arts community in this area, this is the time to step forward and make it known. This forum is a day of gathering the ideas, skills, resources and energy of everyone who wants to be involved to figure out what we've got and what we want as a community and then work out a way forward to make things happen.

Turn up on the day.

Friday July 22, 10am-2.30pm, Art Gallery of Ballarat - The Annexe (rear of Gallery)
Please register your interest (for catering purposes) by either calling 0439 210 690 or email emma@arthurcreative.com.au

Can't make it? No worries...

Even if you can't make the day please make known your ideas and thoughts and skills and ways you'd like to be involved. Either join the Facebook group 'Activating and Protecting our Arts and Cultural Heritage' or email emma@arthurcreative.com.au who is temporarily running the administration for the benefit of the wider community.

 

Comments

Shaun Williams

This sounds great. I hope all areas of the arts gets some attention - my interest is music and the comment at the beginning mentioning a rehersal space got my attention!

RAYMONDO

I AM INTERESTED IN RAISING THE PROFILE OF PERFORMANCE POETRY IN BALLARAT. I HOST " RAT RHYMES " A PERFORMANCE POETRY SESSION AT THE MALLOW HOTEL ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH 2-5PM. ENTRY IS FREE AND ORIGINAL POETRY IS ENCOURAGED...OR ANY SPOKEN WORD/RAP/FREESTYLING.

Paula

I hope to get to the forum, but if I don't (I teach music from 9AM till 7PM on Fridays) I just want you to know that we have rehearsal space, we have studio space, we have a thriving, incredible performing arts community and space to hang artwork, space to recite poetry, people to facilitate events in the arts community and so much more. It's in Victoria street. Come and see it! Talk to me.
Paula
0422247660

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