At our 2020 Annual General Meeting we welcomed a new team of leaders for Creative Albany. We're delighted to announce the Committee: ~ Jon Doust, Chairperson ~ Josie Hayes, Vice-Chairperson ~ Cassy Turner, Secretary ~ Alex Gott-Cumbers, Treasurer, ~ Sarah Moir, General Committee Member ~ Billie-Jo Whitbread, General Committee Member ~ Jana Ridillova, General Committee Member ~ Nat Rad, General Committee Member
We also thank those outgoing Committee members, for their support and leadership over the years. We sincerely appreciate the hours of volunteering you gave to the Albany community. A particularly warm thank you to our outgoing Chair, Malcolm Traill, for his years of leadership, dedication and commitment to Creative Albany.
If you're interested in being involved, we always welcome new members. There are places on our leadership team, the CA Committee, as well as general membership opportunities. Get in touch.
Creative Albany is delighted to Auspice FathomCo, which aims to build creative connections, hold events, create new pathways in innovation and develop a work plan to help build a strong culture of innovation, creativity and collaboration in the Great Southern.
FathomCo is MAnaged by Executive Committee of local professionals who are committed to helping to drive innovation and creativity. Together they are working towards creating a hub of energy and opportunity for new ideas in the Great Southern. We invite you to join us on this journey as we celebrate and strengthen the Great Southern's culture of innovation and creativity.
Many of you already attend our regular D!GS networking events, and we look forward to welcoming even more Great Southern designers, ideas people and organisations to join with us in building a network of opportunity and collaboration.
We hope to see you soon!
Creative Albany would like to acknowledge seed funding of the D!GS project through the State Government’s Regional New Industries Fund (RNIF)
Creative Albany Inc. is delighted to receive news that the funding committed at the last election by the State Government for an innovation hub has been approved. The community-based, volunteer-run organisation has been working for over ten years to support creative workers in Albany and the wider Great Southern region, and the grant of $340,000 will enable them to resource initiatives to boost the creative sector in the region. The organisation conducted an audit in 2015 which revealed a hidden economy of designers, coders, musicians, architects, writers, digital developers and other creative workers and innovators - and this audit prompted them to seek funding to help grow and network the sector. Malcolm Traill, Chair, said "Creative Albany has been running innovation and design networking events - called D!GS - for the past two years and has established partnerships with the Albany Enterprise Group, Regional Development Australia Great Southern and the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre, which will form a strong base from which we can build programmes and network with other industries. These partnerships will also support us with access to advice, expertise and local know-how." The granting of the funds is the culmination of 12 months work in preparing a business case to the State Government, which was then written into an Operations Plan by Keston Technologies with the support of Regional Development Australia Great Southern. Malcolm said, "Creative Albany is looking forward to 2019 being an exciting year of new initiatives, for which we now have the resources needed to support innovation programmes and develop a virtual and digital ‘hub’ for designers and innovators."
Since securing a commitment for funding at the last State election, Creative Albany has been busy talking to government about innovation in the Regions as the WA government formulates it’s policy and funding priorities. Watch Local member Peter Watson and Minister MacTiernan talk about the DIGS Hub here:
We were invited to attend a round table discussion with the Premier in August as one of only 2 regionally based creatives, In October we met with Peter Watson MLA and Minister MacTiernan to confirm the commitment of $340,000 for our DIGS hub proposal, and in November we were invited to attend the Regional Innovation Summit in Bunbury.
The Summit provided valuable opportunities to meet other creative groups from all over the State - and hear from national experts about trends in innovation, successful models and upcoming opportunities. The summit was hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development who presented a strategy for supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in WA. This includes 4 pillars to help build innovation ‘ecologies’;
PILLAR 1: Talent, Skills and Entrepreneurs – How do we build and maintain a strong pipeline of talent with a relevant mix of STEM and entrepreneurial skills to commercialise ideas globally? PILLAR 2: Investment and Infrastructure – How do we ensure an accessible network of transport, telecommunications and capital to facilitate the movement of people, information and goods? PILLAR 3:Culture and Collaboration – How do we increase connectivity between regions and stakeholders to better support entrepreneurs and innovators for success? PILLAR 4: Marketing and Promotion – How do we celebrate our successes and develop a consistent, globally recognised brand that attracts investment and talent to our regions?
Creative Albany was able to send Sally to Bunbury with the assistance of Country Arts WA and we gratefully acknowledge their support:
We are now working to secure the release of the DIGS funding based on the guidelines presented at the Summit, and are building partnerships with other organisations so as to ensure we have a strong and sustainable base to work from.
If you would like to know more about DIGS or attend our DIGS networking events, please contact us.
Professor Brian Finlayson with the Albany Sinfonia
Creative Albany has added another 'string to our bow' with the successful completion of public string instrument masterclasses in Albany.
We supported the WA branch of the Strings Association in bringing renown violinist Brian Finlayson to the Great Southern and other regional centres to conduct public string masterclasses, work with members of the Albany Sinfonia and teach string students at Great Southern Grammar and Albany Senior High School.
Professor Finlayson, who is the head of strings at the State Conservatorium of Carinthia in Austria and former leader of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, worked with participants on their playing techniques as well with interpretation of pieces played from an artistic point of view. Local string musicians are now looking forward to the National AUSTA in Perth In July 2018, at which regional teachers and participants will have further opportunity to build the skills developed with Brian.
AUSTA WA was grateful to Creative Albany for acting as auspicer and assisting in securing funding towards the project from Country Arts WA:
In the first ever GovHack event run in Albany, both our teams won first prize in their event categories at the recent State awards. Congratulations to all the 'hackers' and organisers involved - Creative Albany is a very proud sponsor. we look forward to next year's event and encourage creative thinkers of all sorts to get involved.
And, congratulations Emilian on being a Spirit of GovHack winner!
This is what GovHack had to say about Emilian : Emilian Roman was recommended by a local TAFE lecturer to provide the organising committee with support and technical expertise. He really came into his own and showed how expansive his skills and knowledge were and was an amazing member of the Albany team. He willingly assisted other competitors throughout the competition and was fantastic at ensuring the systems pulled together for the weekend ran smoothly. He provided clear documentation of the tech side to our sponsoring contractors and designed a stunning Livestream Frame to promote our local sponsors. He was our quiet achiever.
"The latest news from Matt - who's winging his way to Albany (perhaps on his Jiminy Cricket wings as pictured above!)
"It’s less than a month now until my major project 40 Years Later in Albany, Western Australia and things are really getting busy. I’ve just finished my latest show in London and am making my way to Albany via NSW with family. 40 Years Later is a singing and acting project about the last year of whaling in Australia, or more specifically the events surrounding the international Save the Whale Campaign staged in Albany in 1977. These events are still controversial today, with the eventual protection of whales in 1978 at the loss of many livelihoods of local families.
As a performer, my main task is as an interpreter of other’s music. And what I’m really excited about is how 40 Years Later looks towards finding a place for performers as equal part creators. Singing and acting has always been an integral part of my life and profession and my residency at the Vancouver Arts Centre in partnership with Creative Albany Inc and Albany’s Historic Whaling Station has afforded me the perfect chance to explore my place as performer, interpreter and creator.
40 Years Later includes at least 19 workshops for schools, existing community groups and the local community. It features at its heart the creation of a new theatre and music work, to be performed in a World Premiere on the 27th of August 2017 by a number of the workshop participants. I’ve been working closely with composer, Jonathan Brain, to create for Albany, its first music and theatre work (or contemporary opera).
What’s thrilling for me is how singing and acting can lift history off the page. How it allows us to access our past in a personal and very honest manner. The creation of new music looks towards forwarding our understanding of what performance can be. How can we create new work which both teaches us more about singing and acting and celebrates history in a non-cerebral, exciting way? We certainly hope that 40 Years Later will do just that! In the next few weeks you might get a glimpse of our creation in progress, and we promise you it will excite and challenge your ideas about what vocal performance can be. So join us, and decide for yourself."
What’s on: 5th August 2017, 10:00-13:00: Scratch Choir, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.
6th August 2017, 14:00-15:00: Matt in Concert, Skeleton Shed, Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.
12th & 19th August 2017, 10:00-13:00 Open Workshops, Vancouver Arts Centre.
27 August 2017, 15:00-16:00 & 17:00-18:00 World Premiere of 40 YEARS LATER, Vancouver Arts Centre.
Albany artist Louise Allerton and Sydney based media artist Julian Knowles have been in development on the This Visceral Landscape exhibition which opens August 8 at the Vancouver Art Centre, Albany. Funded by Country Arts WA and auspiced by Creative Albany Inc, the exhibition consists of a range of sound and media responses to the landscapes of the south western region. Using custom software developed by the artists, a range of responsive works will draw on live data from five weather stations in the region which influence and activate responsive video works in the gallery. The viewer is immersed in an audio-visual environment that is dynamic and environmentally responsive, inviting viewers to return to the exhibition during different weather conditions to experience the ways in which the physical environment outside the gallery impacts the artworks. The project investigates the ways in which artworks can be conceived as dynamic systems which embrace physical phenomena as core structuring elements.