LAUNCH: Arts West – Collaboration in Practice

Please join us for the launch of Arts West: Collaboration in Practice

Arts West member organisations: 100 Story Building, cohealth Arts Generator, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Snuff Puppets, The SUBSTATION, Western Edge Youth Arts, and Women’s Circus are pleased to invite you to the launch of the ARTS WEST: COLLABORATION IN PRACTICE guide and celebrate the success of the Arts West initiative.

Arts West is a unique alliance of arts organisations who together reflect the exciting, vibrant and ever-expanding arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s west. Since 2012, this collaboration has seen nine community-engaged organisations share their skills and resources to build capacity and power together.

WHEN: Thursday 30th November, 1.00pm-1.30pm (following The Art of Measurement)
WHERE: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Foyer. 45 Moreland St, Footscray Victoria.
RSVP: rsvp@artswest.com.au by 5pm, Monday 27th November.

Arts West is funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Gandel Philanthropy and was initially supported by Creative Victoria through its Collaborative Arts Marketing Initiative

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EVENT: The Art of Measurement; Contemporary Approaches to Arts Evaluation

Arts West are pleased to present The Art of Measurement; Contemporary Approaches to Arts Evaluation. Find out about the five measurable cultural outcomes for engagement in cultural development activities; learn the difference between an output and an outcome and why it matters; and hear how evaluations can assist in making your activities more meaningful and informative. You will also receive top tips for successful evaluations, practical tools, resources and templates to give you a framework to help you communicate your outcomes to your stakeholders.

WHEN:            Thursday 30th November, 10am-1pm
WHERE:          Footscray Community Arts Centre,  45 Moreland St,  Footscray
COST:               $10.00 Unwaged Artists & Producers / $30.00 Waged Artists & Organisations
BOOKINGS:     https://www.trybooking.com/SJOA


Measurable cultural outcomes for engagement in cultural development activities.

Presented by John Smithies, Cultural Development Network

This session will introduce the five measurable cultural outcomes for engagement in cultural development activities (i.e. arts, libraries and heritage).  These measures have been endorsed by the National Local Government Cultural Forum and are in trial in Australia and overseas.  The significance of focussing on outcomes is discussed and how activities can change to reach better outcomes and how evaluation is meaningful and informative.  The session will explain the research and theory behind the schema and how it is being developed, through trials, for application in the field. www.culturaldvelopment.net.au

Capturing the elusive – measuring outcomes

Presented by Jenny Riley, Navigating Outcomes

Everyone is talking about outcomes and increasingly government and funders want us to report on outcomes. What is the difference between an output and an outcome? Why does it matter? What does an outcomes mindset mean? Who has ‘outcomes’? When do outcomes occur? What can we realistically expect in terms of short, medium and long term. How do we measure outcomes? How do we communicate our findings?

This session will cover some of the basics of outcome measurement in plain language. We will provide some examples, templates and tools so that you can walk away with a framework to help you communicate outcomes to your clients, staff, volunteers, board and funders.  www.navigatingoutcomes.com.au

Secrets of successful arts evaluation

Presented by Tandi Palmer Williams & Brooke Boyce, Patternmakers

Developing an evidence base through evaluation can be invaluable for arts and culture organisations. Evaluation demonstrates value beyond the number of people organisations interact with. It informs decision making, and helps organisations build strong cases for investment. It also sparks new thinking, and can help arts organisations contribute to broader conversations and public policy development.

But when resources are limited, what should you prioritise? How can you make it worthwhile and engaging for your team? And what little things can be done to ensure good value for money?

In this session, Patternmakers will share their top tips on how to set an evaluation up for success, and talk through some examples of evaluation in action. Tandi and Brooke will also share some practical tools and resources for practitioners looking to explore this space.  www.thepatternmakers.com.au


PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES:

John Smithies, Cultural Development Network

John Smithies Executive Officer, Cultural Development Network and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University, Melbourne.  His work has been as an executive arts manager with focus on arts business development, research and planning. John has led Cultural Development Network since 2005. Prior to joining CDN, John was an executive in the Victorian public service from 1991 to 2004 holding senior roles in the arts and film industry and in developing programs that enhance the public understanding of media and cinema culture through the 11-year development and opening of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), at Federation Square in 2002. Since joining CDN he has worked with the CDN Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning of cultural development activities in local government. Key achievements at CDN have been to establish its internationally recognised research program and forming the National Local Government Cultural Forum, a partnership of the Commonwealth government and the Australian local government sector.

Jenny Riley, Navigating Outcomes

Jenny is a senior consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the social sector. She has worked in state and federal government departments (DEWR) and for international NGOs including Oxfam Australia, Plan International and was recently United Way Australia’s Head of Community Impact. In her last role at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Jenny further enhanced her skills in developing and implementing evaluation frameworks for a range of clients from the government, non-profit and philanthropic sectors.

With a strong focus on feedback and continuous learning, Jenny has designed numerous measurement systems for organisations and collaborations. Her work was recognised in 2014 with her learning report for United Way Australia ‘Our Journey So Far’ the runner-up in the SIMNA Evaluation awards. She also has extensive experience in facilitating program logics, theories of change, undertaking outcome harvesting, as well as results-based accountability and developmental evaluation approaches.

Jenny’s specific experience developing shared measurement systems for collaborative and collective impact based initiatives reflect her desire to leverage new technologies and methodologies – including trialling new options for real-time dashboards and SMS surveys – to better understand and use data to inform effective and adaptive decision-making. She is now recognised as a leading practitioner in Shared Measurement in Australia, and sought out for strategic advice into a range of initiatives.

Tandi Palmer Williams & Brooke Boyce, Patternmakers

Patternmakers was established to inform, inspire and empower creative professionals with data. It is their mission to see a vibrant, creative, strong culture of research, evaluation and data-informed practice in the arts and culture sector.

Patternmakers is led by Managing Director Tandi Palmer Williams – an experienced consultant and arts and culture research specialist. Tandi is an Associate of the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance and accredited as a Qualified Practising Market Researcher. She recently spoke about ‘Evidencing the Arts’ at the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association conference and presented a paper on Accessible Evaluation at the ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference.

Tandi is supported by Research Manager Brooke Boyce, an experienced analyst and researcher. Brooke has a background in shopping centre research, delivering economic and consumer trends, and managing large-scale innovative market research projects. She recently co-presented with the Australian Theatre for Young People at the 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, in Sydney.

Together, Tandi and Brooke have a track record delivering complex research and evaluation projects for organisations like the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cube Wodonga, Australian Theatre for Young People and others.

EVENT: Arts, Law & You

Presented in partnership with The Creative Exchange

Arts West and Creative Victoria are pleased to present Arts, Law & You. Join us for 2 days of workshops and lectures with Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law of Australia as she unravels some of the legal mysteries artists and arts organisations encounter daily.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th November 2017.
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington VIC
COST:
Workshops (limited capacity)
$10.00 Unwaged Artists and Producers.
$30.00 Waged Artists and Organisations

Privacy & Data Laws Lecture (Presented as part of Creative Exchange)
Free, bookings essential.

BOOKINGS:    https://www.trybooking.com/SKAB


CONTRACTS (FOR ORGS) Workshop

In this session, we’ll focus on some of the issues involved in contracting creatives to your organisation and your legal responsibilities. We’ll also give you some guidance around governance and how to work with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in your organisation and respecting culture and heritage in the law.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th November, 10am-12pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


CONTRACTS (FOR ARTISTS) Workshop

Understanding your contract gives you the power to negotiate a better deal or get out of a bad contract. This session takes you through how to make and negotiate a contract and some of the key terms to look out for in those agreements. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms. We’ll guide you to useful templates and explain how to get legal advice on those.

WHEN:            Wednesday 8th November, 1pm-3pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


COPYRIGHT & IP (FOR EVERYONE) Workshop

Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights. We’ll also shed some light on the potential pitfalls of putting your copyright and your ideas online – it can go wrong! This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and easy.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November, 10am-12pm
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


COLLABORATIONS (FOR EVERYONE) Workshop

Working with other creatives can mean sharing your space, your ideas and your copyright. This workshop will explore creating and owning copyright jointly, incorporating a collaborative group, and some of the opportunities and responsibilities that arise when collaborating with other artists – including in cross cultural projects. This workshop is for you if you’d like to update your knowledge for a more sustainable arts practice and get a clearer understanding of the legal frameworks behind collaborative processes or projects.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November, 1pm-3pm
WHERE:           Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room
COST:              $10/$30


PRIVACY + DATA LAW: ESSENTIALS FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS

Want to contact the people who brought tickets to your show? Has anyone ever told you that they can’t give you this information? Where does the line fall between data privacy and using customer information to build your audiences? Let us help you navigate the waters of privacy and data law once and for all!

In this presentation, Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia, and Emily Booth, Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, will highlight the essential elements of privacy and data law, before delving into the rights and responsibilities of both independent artists and organisations.

Find out what you can do and what to avoid in this space. Come armed with questions and you’ll leave with the knowledge you need about how to lawfully use data to mind – and build – your business.

WHEN:            Thursday 9th November 3.30pm-5pm
WHERE:          Kensington Town Hall, Supper Room (*Note Changed Room)
COST:              Free, Bookings essential


 Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor, Arts Law.
Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at Arts Law, where she has worked for over 7 years. Suzanne has also worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. She provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas. [Pictured Left]

Emily Booth, Senior Associate, Holding Redlich
Emily is a corporate and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in intellectual property and privacy issues. Emily assists a broad range of clients including those in the media and advertising industries. Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Emily worked in-house as a lawyer in the FMCG and telecommunications industries and also in London and has a good understanding of how legal services can add value to a client’s business.

 

EVENT: Arts & the NDIS: Working Together

If you want to know more about how Arts and the NDIS can work together to support people living with a disability to pursue their goals and maximise their independence, then you should come along to our next Arts West event.

Presented by Arts West & Arts Access Victoria, topics covered include:
• What is the NDIS and how does it relate to the arts?
• What do arts organisations need to know about the NDIS?
• How to begin the transition to NDIS?
• How, if and when to register as an NDIS provider?
• How to build a competitive business model?
• Pricing your services
• Understanding NDIS goals and the planning process
• Supporting self-advocacy in your participants

WHEN: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 17th October 2017.
WHERE: Jack Kennedy Room, FCAC, 45 Moreland St, Footscray
COST: $10 Independent Artists / $25 Waged Artists & Organisations.
BOOK NOW – Places are limited

IMAGE CREDIT:
Steve Tran performing Body, Move, Space (2016) as part of FCAC’s ArtLife program. Photo by Zoe Scoglio

Arts West/Big West Festival

As a member of Arts West, Big West and other alliance members had an opportunity to meet about the decision to retire the festival and organisation. Organisations involved in Arts West include:  Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 100 Story Building, Substation, Women’s Circus, cohealth arts generator, Western Edge Youth Arts and Snuff Puppets.

Conversations with key stakeholders are taking place however, there is not yet any confirmation or information pertaining to Arts West’s commitment to delivering a festival such as Big West.

Arts West hopes that the current and future investment by key stakeholders in community-led arts initiatives is not lost as a result of Big West’s closure.

Arts West Executive:

Devon Taylor, Women’s Circus

Jade Lillie, FCAC

Jess Tran, 100 Story Building

Please contact Arts West Executive Members for any further statement.