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Sep132013

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The work of ace all-round artist and designer Kerry Ann Lee

Monday
Aug192013

Public media project on the Business of Art and the Art of Doing Business 

A New Zealand internet channel of videos exploring the business of the contemporary art scene is now online. Featuring more than 20 10 -minute interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and others from New Zealand and Australia, Studio Channel Art Fair (www.lettingspace.org.nz/studio-channel-art-fair) provides an independent media discussion considering the value of different relationships,  and who holds the power in the art scene. It has been set up to allow interviews to be dispersed freely as creative commons through the internet.  

Public art producers Letting Space set up studio for two days at the end of The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront during  the Auckland Art Fair to, as they say, "consider the business of art and art as a business; one that ebbs and flows as much as any other industry in New Zealand.” 

“The people we interviewed are society change-makers, helping transform how we see ourselves and the way we do things. We want to celebrate that and provide some insights into the process of presenting and exchanging work in the art market.” 

As writers Jim and Mary Barr (http://www.overthenet.blogspot.co.nz) record on their blog: "Former dealer Marshall Seifert calls the Auckland Art Fair a “hyped up tap dance" and Venice Commissioner Heather Galbraith says she was there  “more for conversation than looking.” Artist Scott Eady admits that “you have to work a lot harder to be visible” when you're based in Dunedin and Sue Gardiner of the Chartwell Trust explains how Trust founder Rob Gardiner looked to Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for his public/ private model. And not to forget, Auckland Art Gallery curator Ron Brownson reminding us that the Auckland Art Gallery is “not a contemporary art museum”.

Studio Channel Art Fair is an experiment in the way the public programming that accompanies exhibitions operates. Rather than longer-form public presentations, the project responds to the shorter, networking series of social exchanges that occur on the floor of an Art Fair.  

The full list of interviews is: 

Sait Akkirman, documentor

Jennifer Buckley, art fair director

Ron Brownson, Curator

Scott Eady, artist and teacher

Judy Darragh, artist

Lisa Fehily, dealer and collector

Heather Galbraith, University head

Sue Gardiner, collector and writer

John Hurrell, critic

Lonnie Hutchinson, artist

Paul McNamara, curator and dealer

Anna Miles, dealer

Richard Moss, collector

Matt Nache, dealer

Anna Pappas, dealer

Reuben Paterson, artist

Dick Quan, collector

Marshall Seifert, ex-dealer and collector

Jonathan Smart, dealer

Francis Till, artist and dealer

Tracey Williams, curator and artist

Thursday
Jul182013

Drawing By Bryce Galloway

This drawing by Bryce was created to accompany Studio Channel Art Fair, Letting Space's media junket at the Auckland Art Fair 9-10 August. Our models were Helen Mirren and Michael Parkinson, 70s styles. Although in Bryce's hands they show a remarkable resemblance to your hosts, Mark and Sophie.   

Tuesday
Nov132012

Call for Public Art Ideas

Public art ideas for vacant commercial space in Wellington in 2013 are being sought by an agency being established by the curators of public art programme Letting Space by the 17th of December.

Called Urban Dream Brokerage, the agency is a six month pilot funded by the Wellington City Council. It opens in December to assist in the revitalisation of the city through brokering the use of vacant commercial space by artists and the creative industries. While submissions are welcome at any time for projects needing space, the Brokerage is asking initial submissions for public artwork to be submitted to Urban Dream Brokerage by 17 December to urbandreambrokerage@gmail.com.

Urban Dream Brokerage founders Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram emphasise they are working as brokers rather than curators of projects. While artists will be responsible for developing and managing their projects,  as an agency Urban Dream Brokerage locates potential spaces for the projects and handles negotiation, licensing and the provision of insurance. Amery and Jerram bring to the Brokerage three years of experience working with property owners to realise a series of ambitious and innovative public art projects nationally.

"Where many artists come unstuck," they say, "is in the relationships with property owners and covering aspects like insurance when their use is short term use. It works for landlords, enlivening space and suggesting new uses to potential tenants, enables new business growth and the development business skills in the creative sector, and encourages a more lively, mixed used urban environment - something thats vital to a creative, future-looking city."  

Jerram and Amery note their are many similar brokerage initiatives occurring around the world due to their effectiveness, including over a dozen in Australia.
 
Any individual or group developing their own original work or idea are eligible to apply to the brokerage as long as their work, product, services or process is distinctive and unique. While the Brokerage is being established to support all original work and creative businesses, until April 2013 or until a further funding base is secured, priority is being given to public art projects (see below for the Wellington City Council's definition of Public Art).

Applicants must:

  • Bring life to Wellington. Projects should be fresh, dynamic and open to the public. Priority will be given to those with a ground floor presence and accessibility (i.e. not projects that are about storage, office space, or that are rarely open). This can be anywhere within Wellington City Council boundaries - not just the CBD.
  • Provide the unique and innovative. We are not interested in turning the city into another copy of itself or one type of gallery or space. Part of the selection process is the encouragement of mixed use, diversity and variety. Artists and the creative industries actively contribute to the thinking, use and design of urban spaces. Projects will also be helping ensure more diverse communities are represented publicly.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and a very clear idea. Projects should have future potential for growth, and individuals/organisations should demonstrate that they are ready to look after a space professionally and responsibly.
  • Pay attention to their project’s context. Projects should demonstrate an awareness of Wellington city’s current usages, issues and history. This includes, where applicable, recognition of mana whenua and the city's Maori whakapapa.


For a project to happen it also needs someone with a suitable property to get behind it. The Brokerage may not always be able to find such a space.

Public art is defined in the Wellington City Council Public Art Policy as:

  • artists contributing to the thinking and design of public places and spaces,
  • art concepts and/or artworks and/or design features integrated into urban design developments (including buildings, streets and parks),
  • artists working in and with communities in public spaces,
  • art processes and artworks in the public sphere that may be variously described as sculpture, murals, street-art, performance, new-genre public art, relational aesthetics, and/or installations.


Jerram and Amery encourage those interested to contact the Brokerage with any questions they have as to their eligibility or how the UDB can help them. email: urbandreambrokerage@gmail.com or phone 027 3566 128 or 029 934 9749

Tuesday
Nov062012

Help make dreams realty - a job offer!

Want to help revitalise Wellington city? Feel you can talk to both artists and property owners as equals?  Can you implement a plan in the face of big challenges? Have we got the job for you.

 Under the auspices of Letting Space's umbrella trust the Wellington Independent Arts Trust, with funding from Wellington City Council, we are thrilled to be able to announce a pilot for a brokerage for the use of vacant commercial space: Urban Dream Brokerage. 

Wellington Independent Arts Trust is looking to employ a self-motivated person to make a real contribution to the revitalisation of Wellington city. The Brokerage Coordinator will process applications by artists and creative industries with dynamic projects for vacant properties. They will locate owners of suitable properties, liaise with owners and agents, and negotiate with both parties to secure properties under temporary licensing arrangements. This is a paid part-time contract available on flexible terms.

Application due: 12noon, Wednesday 21st November 2012

 

Job description

Role

The purpose of the role is to successfully coordinate the placement of fresh, unique and creative projects into vacant commercial spaces within the Wellington city region, helping lead to the revitalisation of Wellington city in the eyes of the arts, property and business worlds alike. 

Your role will involve:

1. Implementing strategies to maintain buy-in from property owners and to promote the benefits of the brokerage.
2.  Developing plans and implementing the promotion of the brokerage to the creative industries, and meeting and discussing criteria with potential applicants. 

3. Liaising with other key stakeholders such as the Property Council of New Zealand Wellington branch, 19 Tory Street, arts and business groups, Wellington City Council and key individual affiliates connected to the property industry.

4. Research, document and maintain a database of applicants and property owners.

5. Develop and write editorial relating to successful projects, and develop newsletters or other informative material. 

6. Negotiate License Agreements and Special Conditions with property owners

7. Arrange property inspections to assess condition of sites and suitability for their use.

8. Coordinate repair and maintenance works and contribute to Property Risk Management procedures

9. Develop initial relationships with potential funders of the Brokerage.

10. Maintaining excellent relationships and networks with property owners and artists.

Reporting

The Brokerage Coordinator will be expected to be able to work independently, but will be briefed and guided by the Brokerage's managers Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram, in consultation with the Brokerage's advisory board and the trustees of the Wellington Independent Arts Trust. 

Contract

This is a position for an Independent Contractor for an Initial Period of approximately six months with the potential to extend on new terms. The Contract Fee for the Initial Period is $12,000. This is a

part-time contract for 480 hours, available on flexible terms but averaging 20 hours per week (pro rata $52 000 pa). 

The position is expected to start early December 2012 and run until at least the end of May 2013.

Selection Criteria

This position involves being able to work across the creative, property and business worlds. The successful applicant may have their principal experience in either of these areas, but in bridging these interests will bring an understanding and appreciation of all of them. 

Essential

1. Passion for the renewal and revitalisation of Wellington city and a belief in the important role the creative industries play in this as an agency of change.

2. Excellent verbal, and written and personal communication skills

3. Good thorough documentation skills

4. Good budgeting and project management skills

5. Confident, dynamic, tenacious and self-motivated personal qualities 

Important

1. Understanding and appreciation of the business and property worlds

2. Project management/coordination experience

3. Understanding and appreciating of the role public art can play in urban development

4. Experience/background in real estate, creative and property industries or urban development

5. Experience in negotiations

6. Experience with maintenance/building/property service providers 

To apply

Please email urbandreambrokerage@gmail.com the following documents:

1. CV – no more than 2 pages

2. Your written response to all the Selection Criteria

In the subject of your email please include the words: Job Application: Brokerage Coordinator [insert your name] 

Enquiries

Email as above or phone Mark Amery (027 3566 128) or Sophie Jerram (029 934 9749) 

The Wellington Independent Arts Trust supports experienced Wellington arts managers by providing an umbrella for significant independent arts projects. Managers Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram are curators of Letting Space an independent public art programme (for more information see www.lettingspace.org.nz). 

This position is funded with the support of the Wellington City Council Public Art Fund.

Wednesday
Oct172012

Party Interventions Wanted

Kia ora koutou Letting Space friends, 

We are looking for programming performance ideas /works for Open Plan, the party we’re having November 3 in Wellington (go to https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/531 to secure a place before October 28) - it's a chance for you to share short or small creative contributions that can slot within and/or work within a party atmosphere - in any media. Your ideas need to be with us by end of next Wednesday 26 Oct.   It's not a paid gig - but a way for us to swap creative gifts - and we will programme ideas based on what we can fit in where. Ideas to theplaygroundnz@gmail.com and/or sophiejerramandmarkamery@gmail.com

Some parameters:  We can make provision for short performances but we would love a range of work in unexpected places working unexpected ways. So the ideas could work in tandem with people there to hang out and catch up with each other. Think the opposite of a seated performance. Your contribution could for example involve handing something out, empowering the drinks trolley, performing an action, or doing something sporadically throughout the night. Equally you could draw people around you for a short period. Your contribution could also be a static image or object - we have wallspace and some wall light boxes.  

There are a number of interesting spaces in the car park and alleyway outside the venue - which is glassed-in so these sites are viewable also from inside. This area is lit by floodlights at night. You should feel free to visit the site in Forrester Lane, the Sustainability Trust to see it out.

It's not all about parties. We're running a talk at City Gallery on the same day looking at what public art might mean now in New Zealand:

MAKING DREAMS REALTY - A FREE TALK AT 3-5PM, NOVEMBER 3, CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON

What is public art in 2012 in New Zealand?  We'd like to suggest that Letting Space has helped to topple the permanent sculpture off its plinth along with other great projects.  

This is a rare chance to hear about the collective work of three independent New Zealand public art projects that have made an impact over the past three years: 

Sophie and Mark will discuss the Letting Space trajectory from utilising the refuse of the 2008 financial crash toward the exploration of community service.

Christchurch guests Coralie Winn and Ryan Reynolds from Gap Filler will look at the past and future series of projects that aim to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Sam Trubridge will survey the vanguard Performance Arcade: an annual installation of shipping containers outside Te Papa (and this year in Auckland) that serve as a temporary community and venue for installations to engage passers-by in performance, live art and digital media. 

 

 

Saturday
Aug182012

Earthmovers

Stuart Shepherd has shared photographs of a project he and Karin Van Roosmalen did with Gapfiller in September 2011, Lyttelton post-quake: Play Architects/Clay Architects. We wanted to share because we were always really enamoured by the project when Stuart talked about doing it, and hadn't seen any documentation until now.  

It involved workshops in making a town out of clay. Stuart picks up the rest of the story by email: "

"This was a very casual workshop. Open to all, though the local primary schools had been specially invited.
Clay was provided as discount rate from the Dunedin supplier, the furniture was already on site, the marquees were on special at Bunnings.
"It took place over a weekend... mostly on the Saturday and Saturday night... a steady stream of locals and visitors contributed, some kids spent all day at work.. it created a nice focus/activity in the middle of town.... the fairy lights stuck onto meat skewers created a magical little night scene... the clay village was left in place to weather back into the rubble.


The excess clay was used for another workshop in ChCh. I wasnt present for that second one."

 

Documentation of many of Gapfiller's other projects can be found at http://www.gapfiller.org.nz/