Visiting Arts engaged with over 400 international artists and cultural managers in the last year in Trinidad & Tobago, Ethiopia, Malawi and the Pacific Islands, face to face through training or knowledge sharing events – with the aim of increasing access to international arts & culture in diverse locations worldwide. Highlighting complex issues, stories and experiences from other cultures and nations is increasingly important to create understanding and empathy in society, and this event will reveal how we build networks and provide exposure for artists to bring their work to new contexts and communities. We’ll discuss the general principles of building partnerships and growing networks to create vibrant international projects that work for multiple stakeholders, and most importantly, artists and creative businesses around the world. The event will conclude with a panel discussion bringing together experienced cultural managers Yemisi Mokuolu from Hatch Africa and Vanessa Eden of Pacific Island Artists Connection, to share thoughts on creating opportunities for international artists to work in the UK and abroad.
The event is hosted at the Africa Centre’s new event and performance space at Union Yard Arches in Southwark, where the Centre will soon be delivering its new cultural programme. Right next to this amazing event space is THE HUB, a brand new collaborative and affordable work-space also launched by the Africa Centre, which aims to champion Africa’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit. For more information about the Africa Centre: www.africacentre.org.uk and @TheAfricaCentre.
You can find details about the Tales From The Field series on the Visiting Arts website. Get involved on Twitter with the hashtag #TFTFtalks.
About our partners
The Africa Centre is a UK charity that exists to promote Africa’s creative expression and cultural diversity outside of the continent. We promote innovation in African art, culture, business and entrepreneurship in London. Throughout its rich 50-year history, the Africa Centre has inspired, enlightened, challenged and encouraged. The Africa Centre is dedicated to offering the African diaspora and all people interested in African heritage, economic outlook, cultural trends and business innovations, a platform for experiencing events, engaging in debates and lectures of artistic, cultural or business focus as well as developing programmes and collaborations. Since December 2016, the Africa Centre houses a new co-working space championing Africa’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit: THE HUB. Totalling 2216sq ft split across ground and mezzanine floors, THE HUB boasts hot desks and studio space, in a décor inspired by British-Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori. For more visit africacentre.org.uk.
Hatch Africa is one of the foremost agencies working for enterprise growth and sustainability in Africa across a number of sectors, which includes Social Enterprise, Creative & Cultural Industries, Festivals & Tourism and Agriculture. Their mission is to advance innovation, expand ideas and realise ambition across the continent. Hatch Africa supports lead development agencies to achieve their capacity building, enterprise development and market research objectives. Hatch Africa brings together expertise from around the world to hatch sustainable Africa focused initiatives, enterprises and partnerships. Clients include; Bank of Industry (Nigeria), British Council, Goethe Institute and Ravensbourne. For more visit hatchafrica.com.