Perspectives on #creativesmakeithappen

In an interview with Lonwabo Mavuso, Uno de Waal and Sibs Shongwe ‐ La Mer, these professionals share their thoughts about the the upcoming ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. This year’s conference will run from the 8 – 10 March 2015, based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)....
Creatives Doing it Differently & Owning it

Creatives Doing it Differently & Owning it

Own It, the third cluster at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, is aimed at helping creatives find new ways of approaching the business world. This cluster, taking place on the afternoon of Monday 9 March at the conference entitled Creatives Make it Happen, will be divided into four sessions that will host in-depth discussions with creative practitioners who have pursued different ways of engaging within their field. Looking specifically at curating creative output, creative social solutions, doing things differently, and connecting the dots; these sessions will give insight to artists and creatives as entrepreneurs and investors. The conversations all focus on different ways of cultivating business ideas and best practice in a contemporary creative South Africa. The first session in this cluster, ‘Curators of Creativity’ will focus on bloggers who began publishing online commentary on various topics of interest, and as a result, have built their sharing of ideas into successful online businesses. During this session, they will share a few of their secrets and how their gaze may have shaped online consumption. Following this, ‘Creative Social Solutions’ will see a panel of artists and social entrepreneurs share their successes and challenges in creating solutions for social needs; after which ‘Doing it Differently’ will present a creative panel who will share their ideas and experiences of doing business in alternative ways, allowing delegates and attendees to learn from their failures and successes. Lastly, ‘Connect the Dots’ will look at creative connectors and their processes of turning synergy into tangible opportunity. After using a different approach, carrying out successful campaigns by offering innovative solutions for challenges...