Conferences Post Mortem | #CreativesMakeItHappen

Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. 21 May: Conferences Post Mortem ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from the NEPAD arts education conference and Levinia Jones, Head of Arts British Council and Content Director for the 2015 ACT | UJ Conference, around major observations, outcomes and ways forward with a focus on how practitioners can mobilise the knowledge and information shared at the conferences. Entrance to the conversation is free but space is limited. To secure your place, please email your contact details to preciousm@uj.ac.za and how many people you would like to book for. The 2015 Conference was presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA–UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJFM...

#CreativesInConversation focus on fundraising

ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs will tackle funding and sponsorship for the arts in the penultimate of the Creatives in Conversation series at UJ this week. Under the auspices of the Creatives in Conversation series, Mr Pieter Jacobs, CEO of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), will provide an overview of the formal funding structures on the local arts and culture landscape. The session also aims to share information and knowledge regarding fundraising and sponsorship more broadly.   Curated as one of the ways in which creative industries practitioners and stakeholders could take the conversations of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference forward, “Creatives in Conversation” is a series of free public engagements with creative experts. Five conversations themed around theatre, music, visual arts and the creative industries were initially presented in the weeks leading up to the Conference. Brett Pyper facilitated an open conversation shortly after the Conference followed by sessions on Sustaining Member-Based Arts Organisations and on Policy & Advocacy. Mr Jacobs is an award-winning playwright, producer, actor and arts manager. Since graduating from Tshwane University of Technology in 2001, he has worked on various productions and events in the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and South Africa. In his role as CEO of ACT, he serves as a member of the Trust’s Management, Projects & Fundraising and Risk & Audit committees. He is also a member of Arterial Network South Africa’s Executive Steering Committee. Creatives in Conversation wraps up next Thursday 21 May with a post-mortem session on several recent arts conferences. ACT Trustee, Jayesperi Moopen, engages the National Arts Council’s Coordinator, Rosie Katz from...

#CreativesMakeItHappen: the conversations continue

  Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. “Creatives in Conversation is a series of free public engagements with creative experts, which have been curated as one of the ways that creative industries practitioners and stakeholders can take the conversations of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference forward,” says ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. UJ Producer, Grace Meadows adds that the series forms part of UJ Arts & Culture Evolution X performing arts programme for 2015. “We presented 5 conversations themed around theatre, music, visual arts and the creative industries leading up to the Conference. Brett Pyper facilitated a fantastic open conversation after the Conference and these next four conversations bring our tally to a neat total of ten conversations presented as part of the UJ tenth anniversary celebrations,” Meadows explains. The series now continues for on Thursdays at 17:30 from 23 April through to 21 May in the Upstairs Studio of the UJ Arts Centre as follows (note that there is no session on 30 April): 23 April: Building Bridges: how can member-based organisations bridge the gap The session is set to address issues around the sustainability and role of member-based organisations. The conversation is structured to also unpack the major challenges these organisations and networks face in bringing a gap between rural and urban communities and to facilitate access to information, resources, training and development opportunities. Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa, Molemo Moiloa, will facilitate the conversation between Neftaly Malatjie, CEO of the Southern Africa Youth Project and Thea Aboud, of the Writers Guild South...

Creatives in Conversation takes the form of an open mic evening

So the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference has come to a close, and now that we’ve had a chance to catch our breath, there are a lot of opinions which need to be shared and conversations that need to be finished off. We expect that each delegate has taken something different from this conference and we want to hear what you experienced and how you feel we can move forward from here as a creative sector. Join us this Thursday 19 March from 17:00 – 19:00 for our first post-conference “Creatives in Conversation” at UJ Arts Centre. The discussion will take the form of an open mic evening and will be hosted by Brett Pyper who is head of the Wits School of Arts and was part of our panel for Calling in the Elephant. This conversation will give people the chance to engage and voice their thoughts. Come have your say, we look forward to seeing you...

Dance Creatives in Conversation

This Thursday 26 February 2015 at 17:00, PJ Sabbagha will facilitate a conversation between Nadia Virasamy and Kieron Jina for the fourth in the series of free public engagements leading up to and flowing from the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference 2015. Picture (from left to right): PJ Sabbagha, Nadia Virasamy and Kieron Jina Please note that this conversation will start and end slightly earlier than the usual times, to allow those interested in attend the opening of Dance Umbrella the same evening, to do so.  Sabbagha is a South African choreographer whose name has become synonymous with issue-based dance theatre and more specifically HIV and AIDS focused art. He is founding member and Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) and the annual When Life Happens: HIV and AIDS Arts and Culture. Virasamy began her career in academia at UKZN and then at UniVen for two years. In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Moving Into Dance Mophatong, one of SA’s foremost dance training organisations with a premier professional contemporary African dance company. She also serves on the board of the Newtown Improvement District as well as Lesedi Music. Named one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans in 2012, Jina is UJ Arts & Culture newly appointed Associate Choreographer. In addition to his work as an independent dance practitioner, he is also a performance artist, dancer, teacher, facilitator, director, fashion designer/model, cinematographer and video editor. Creatives in Conversation takes place in the Upstairs Studio at the UJ Arts Centre on the Kingsway Campus. Please RSVP to Precious via email at preciousm@uj.ac.za....
Creative Conversation series launched

Creative Conversation series launched

The first of a series new series called CREATIVES IN CONVERSATION kicked off at the UJ Arts Centre Thursday, 5 February 2015. Warona Seane (Artistic Manager of the Soweto Theatre) and Phillip Dikotla (emerging actor, playwright and comedian) facilitated by Alby Michaels (Resident Director for UJ Arts & Culture) engaged in a robust exchange offering their perspectives on theatre. The lively audience in attendance participated actively in the session and lingered for some time afterwards, utilising the opportunity to catch up with creative colleagues and to network with new contacts. “These free public engagements are linked to the upcoming ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference presented in partnership with British Council Connect ZA,” says Fiona Gordon, Project Manager for the 2015 Conference. “The idea is for the series to create a bridge linking conversations that emerged from the 2012 and 2013 conferences and to pick up and build on the content which has been curated for this year,” she explains. The first four conversations are themed around the more traditional arts and culture genres (theatre, music, visual arts and dance respectively) and feature a range of industry stalwarts including; André le Roux (SAMRO Foundation), Concord Nkabinde (musician), Violet Maila (Concerts SA), Mariapaola McGurk (Classicfeel Magazine), Usha Seejarim (Conceptual Artist), Nadia Virasamy (Moving into Dance Mophatong), Kieron Jina and PJ Sabbagha (The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative). The final session which wraps of the first series of five concludes with Pieter Jacobs, CEO of the Arts & Culture Trust in a conversation with Lynsey Smith, the British Council’s Creative Economy Programme Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. The series continues with a...