Roz Cran and Judith Alder are co-organisers for Blue Monkey Professional Development. A successful Networking Evening at the Blue Monkey Studio in Autumn 2006 demonstrated the interest of local artists in such events. We have consulted, discussed and are starting to plan a programme to fit the needs and interests of artists in the area.
We had our third BMPD event last night in the Town Hall, Eastbourne. And about 50 artists came. We will post pictures on our new website which is now up and running. It is:
This new site is at a basic stage but we plan to develop it and post useful information for artists on it as well as link to other helpful sites.
Another meeting today to review progress on the planning of our next Event on 21 November. We went to visit the Court Room and check out the facilities. Water and coffee machines are available. We can mark on an outline plan how we would like the room laid out for the evening.
We continued discussions at the studio, updated each other on our progress and put in dates for future meetings. Next we made broad outline plans for the year ahead and made timings for putting in funding applications.
We hope to have at least one page of our new website up and running in time for this next event.
We have been working on paper and email flyers, checking info, and AIR insurance for our next event.
BLUE MONKEY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BMPD
Professional Development and Networking Event for Artists
Preparing for Eastbourne Festival
Wednesday 21 November 2007
6.00 – 9.00 pm
THE COURT ROOM, TOWN HALL, GROVE ROAD, EASTBOURNE
FREE – BUT BOOKING REQUIRED
BMPD are holding an Artists’ Professional Development and Networking Evening on Wednesday 21 November from 6.00 to 9.00pm. The event will be held in the Court Room, Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne. (see map http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/council/contact/town-hall)
This evening is part of a programme of events to support artists as they prepare for the new Eastbourne Festival in March 2008 (http://www.eastbournefestival.co.uk/)
We have invited a panel of guest artists (Elda Abramson, Sue Barnes, Barbara Burns, Joanna Sancha) to share their experience of organizing Open Houses and other artist-led events.
Julian Sutherland-Beatson will give an update on Eastbourne Open Houses (http://www.eastbourneartists.co.uk)
After 5 minute introductory talks there will be time for artists to discuss their plans, ask questions and share information about events they are setting up for the Festival. Do come prepared with questions and issues which you'd like to raise
This will be followed by networking time for artists to mingle with a drink and talk to each other informally.
Please bring any promotional material to share.
This event is free, but numbers will be limited, so please book a place by contacting Roz Cran or Judith Alder at BMPD, Blue Monkey Studio, Unit 9 Commercial Mews North, Rear of 46 – 52 Commercial Road, EASTBOURNE, BN21 3XF. Telephone 01323 723877
e-mail [email protected]
BMPD EVENT 21ST NOVEMBER 2007
Julian Sutherland-Beatson, organiser of Eastbourne Open Houses, will be giving an update on Open Houses news at our event at Eastbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 21st November.
A panel of experienced artists will lead discussions at the event. So far Joanna Sancha, Sue Barnes, Barbara Burns and Elda Abramson, who are all experienced at organising artist-led activities, events and Open Houses, have agreed to be panelists. They will each talk for 5 – 10 minutes about their experience of organising events and will then respond to questions and issues raised by the audience.
NEXT BMPD EVENT Plans are underway for the next BMPD event. We have negotiated the date: 21 November, and the Court Room is booked at Eastbourne Town Hall. The evening will focus on preparations for the Open Houses events during the first Eastbourne Festival next March. We will invite a number of artists who have run or participated in Open Houses in other towns. We hope artists will gain valuable information about planning and organising. We have a number of meetings set up ourselves in order to run this event in the best way we can.