Friday, August 8, 2008

An Invitation from the City Council:

You are invited to discuss the future of Wellington city’s arts sector in a series of sessions facilitated by Wellington City Council’s City Arts team.

Mapping the Future of the Arts in Wellington: FAQs

What is “Mapping the Future of the Arts in Wellington”?
Mapping the Future of the Arts in Wellington is a series of arts sector hui aimed at building a shared vision of Wellington’s arts and identifying some key steps towards realising this vision. The sessions will be hosted by Wellington City Council’s City Arts team. There will be six sessions, each dedicated to specific art forms, with one general session in recognition of the growing culture of cross-art form practice and for people who can’t make other sessions.

Who is it for? Why should I come?
It is for all people working in the arts in Wellington - from emerging artists to established practitioners, from teachers to producers, from arts organisations to amateur groups.
We are going through a time of rapid change. The arts sector faces new opportunities and challenges.
We need all voices of the arts sector represented to work together and ensure the sector’s continuous contribution to the city. These sessions will clarify what the issues are and provide discussion on what we want the future of arts in Wellington to look like and how we can all work together to achieve this.

When are the sessions?
The dates are:
Performing arts [including theatre, dance, circus, comedy, amateur dramatics, etc]
Friday 29 August, 10am–4pm
Visual arts [including 2D and 3D art forms, etc]
Saturday 30 August, 10am–4pm
Music [including classical, contemporary, pop, folk, jazz, etc]
Tuesday 2 September, 4pm–10pm Note that this is an evening session
Māori arts [including kapa haka, visual arts, literary arts, contemporary and traditional art forms]
Wednesday 3 September, 10am–4pm
All art forms: Saturday 6 September, 10am–4pm
Literary arts [including writers, publishers, promoters, etc]
Wednesday 10 September, 10am–4pm.

Where are the sessions?
All sessions will take place at Capital E in Civic Square.

How much is it?
There is no cost for the sessions but it is important that you RSVP to so we can make sure there is lunch/supper for you. Please let us know if you have particular dietary needs.

What will happen at the sessions?
The sessions will be led by Lawrence Green, an experienced arts sector facilitator. Each session will include a combination of structured sessions - that have been informed by preliminary discussions with the sector – and open space to allow for fresh ideas to be explored. We aim to progress these ideas as far as possible before and during these sessions so that we avoid going over the ‘same old ground’.
There will also be presentations from Creative New Zealand about changes to their contestable funding programme and from The Big Idea on their soon-to-be-launched upgraded site, TBI 2.0.

I want to attend, so what do I need to do?
You need to RSVP to letting us know which session/s you’d like to attend. Please RSVP four days before the session you’d like to attend.

Can I come to more than one session?

Absolutely. We encourage you to attend as many as you feel are relevant to you. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into some of the issues present for art forms other than your own area of expertise or interest.

What will happen to the information that comes out of the sessions?
Three things:
The information from these sessions will be available to anyone. We will email this information out to all attendees automatically. If you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed, then please email to receive this information.
Information, ideas and activity from the sessions will be taken away and put into action by organisations, artists and arts practitioners.
The information from these sessions will also be fed into the current review of Wellington City Council’s Long Term Council Community Plan [LTCCP]. This plan outlines the Council’s intentions for the coming 10 years and is reviewed every three years. Specifically this information will inform the current review of the Cultural Wellbeing Strategy which is one of the seven strategic areas of the Council’s planning process. When the LTCCP is drafted, the Council will consult with Wellington residents before it is finalised.

If I can’t attend, will there be other ways that I can feed into this process?
Yes. Once the notes from the sessions have been distributed you are welcome to respond to these. Or you can feed in at a later stage through the public consultation of the LTCCP.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact Briar Monro on

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