Looking Ahead to 2015

Looking Ahead to 2015

In his concluding remarks at the end of the 2013 Conference, entitled ‘Creative Currencies: Accessing Opportunities in an Expanding Marketplace’ Cultural Activist Mike van Graan remarked: “We have sighed deeply as again we¹ve recognized that if only we could match visionary policy and public sector funding with the passion and expertise within the sector, we could achieve exponentially more. We have been shown how it is not only possible, but indeed necessary to get on with our creative lives and endeavours, despite poor policy implementation and despite the absence or arbitrary nature of public funding.” Using these insights as a point of departure, the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference aims to explore methods of engagement and practice, and opportunities that exist for those in the creative industries, in an age where entrepreneurial thinking can be a significant building block of success. Considering the connotations and relevance of words like ‘artist’ and ‘entrepreneur’, a content advisory committee comprising significant roleplayers in the South African context will be threading these ideas together into an invigorating programme. Headed by Levinia Jones, who has extensive experience in programming large-scale events such as festivals and conferences, the Content Advisory team comprises industry stalwarts and ACT Board Members Caroline Smart, Themi Venturas and Trish Downing, who will be joined by Grace Meadows (University of Johannesburg: UJ Arts & Culture), Malemo Moiloa (Visual Arts Network of South Africa), and Lonwabo Mavuso (Business and Arts South Africa). Based at the University of Johannesburg, the Conference will again be grounded in the discursive rigour that has come to be a hallmark of this event, while...