KAN Newsletter May 2020
Welcome to our Website
Our Kimberley Arts Network website has been a while coming (yes, we know). But, we think it’s worth waiting for! The site will be officially launched on May 28 and an invitation to the launch with a site showcase will be sent to all members. There will a very short AGM meeting prior – with one single agenda item.
When KAN kicked off in 2018, the vision was to create opportunities and connections for artists and creative organisations across our amazing and vast region. We now have a versatile tool for you, our members, to manage your own work, connect with others, sell your work, promote events, performances, exhibitions and training opportunities.
While the site was being built, we postponed membership renewals. When the site is officially launched, we encourage you to renew your membership and to create an account. This will give you a profile that is connected to a store. You can manage your account and sales through your dashboard, and make portfolios of your work to share.
Stay tuned for site Launch and new membership opportunities!
#isolationcreation in action
Our #isolationcreation project grew throughout April and we’re loving the creative inspiration that is appearing on our facebook page with each different theme.
Congratulations to the talented Avrel Ford, our April winner. The artworks are uploaded between Thursday and Monday each week and the image with the most engagement from our facebook audience is the winner. Winners go into the monthly draw for a small prize and so congratulations to those who posted their amazing creations. Keep them coming!
Themes so far have included ‘creature feature’, ‘trash and treasure’, ‘back to nature’ and ‘house arrest’. We will be continuing the competition in May and encourage everyone to join the fun.
Check out our facebook page for more information
The KAN Snapshot Auction is go!
KAN’s Snapshot auctions have been fantastic events that have brought people together to celebrate Kimberley art while raising funds for KAN to continue its work.
This year, we’ve had to cancel the Broome Fringe Festival and other events due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, but we are going to ensure the Snapshot Auction lives on.
The Auction is slated for August and we will invite all members to submit a small work up to 30 x 30 cms that can be auctioned at the fundraiser.
More deatils to come about submitting works, and how to get FREE KAN MEMBERSHIP!
The Arts in the time of Coronavirus
There’s no doubt that the creative industries have been hit hard by the coronavirus. Whether its direct job losses, cancellation of gigs, festivals, events or other opportunites, or just the general downturn in the economcy, artists and creative businesses are suffering.
There are a range of government incentives that are emerging and entities including the Australia Council, Lotterywest and Regional Arts WA are all offering support that will assist people to secure their income, develop their capacity or to adapt to a new way of working.
Local arts opportunities
There are some bright spots on the horizon. Don’t miss out on the Saltwater Music Festival beginning May 8. The creative people at Saltwater have shifted their enterprise online and they have a packed program of amazing musos spread across 2 weekends of entertainment.
Check it out here: Saltwater music festival
There are silver linings in these uncertain times. If you have some time on your hands, perhaps it’s a great opportunity to explore the skills that you would like to improve. Local creatives including ceramicist Chrissy Carter and local painter Suzy French are offering packages and tutorials that will help you increase your skills.
If you are doing something that you’d like to share and promote, you can add it to the KAN facebook page.