Tuesday, July 19, 2005

It's a Hot Continent but Not Today!

It's A Hot Continent
I have included a picture of some work I did with transfer dyes last year. Transfer dyes are used on synthetic materials. You first paint the dyes onto paper, as you would if painting a painting, and then you place the paper painted side down on the synthetic material ( in this case a very thin polyester fleece) and iron or press with a heat press the back of the paper and 'transfer' the colour ontothe polyester fleece. You can get up to three prints for each paper and the colur is permanent. It allows you control over where the colour goes and the fleece when stitched almost has th eappearance of felt. I like it a lot and am chomping at th ebit to do some more. I use teeppee transfer dyes which are available in liquid form so you can paint with them without further ado.

On a more musing sort of note yesterday when I visited In a Minute Ago Sharon Bogon mentioned a Carft manifesto, which looked at how craft and the internet had brought people together, to create and form exchanges and friendships, and had created opportunities . I know I have certainly enjoyed these and have found the world a smaller place. However there is another aspect to all this. Some of you know I have curated a number of travelling exhibitions and have done so since 2000 and am now in the process of curating Across Australia which will travel widely including the Panorama Mesdag in the Netherlands and then to Libya, Egypt and Syria as a showcase of Australian culture in January and February 2006. I have done a lot of previous touring out of a suitcase with little institutional funding and off my own bat, and made contacts largely through email - though the Middle eastern tour is being co-ordinated by the Australian Embassy in Egypt and they have arranged sponsorship, and this will include a full colour catalogue- thank goodness- and this is almost all through email on my part and through the help of an internet friend( though we have met now a few times face to face: Jenny Bowker) but with little support from the many incorporated associations that are out there relevant to my craft.

This is not only a problem for me but possibly a problem for many other people out there with even better ideas for exhibitions and exposing the world to what we spend half our lives with (ggg). From personal experience and having served on exhibition commitees and also on committees of organisations,I actually think that the government ruling that an organisation must be an incorporated association in order to apply for funding is a huge problem. Firstly because committees by law, have to roll over their committee ( ie those positions have to change every couple of years which means inexperienced people step into the fray or old ones who have been off committee come back into it). So it means that people like myself have limited access to funding because you need to create partnerships of trust and mutual understanding which is difficult when things are changing all the time and if dealing with new people they have to be re-educated each time. I actually think that it can be counter productive in that the funding goes to perhaps not the best people to organise the exhibitions. From a personal point of view I find committees hard, because, firstly I live in what is considered an isolated region, two that usually involves almost a day of travel to attend a meeting ( and I already give my time for free in organising the exhibitions that I do), and three I have limited funds and do not like expending money on petrol to attend meetings. No one ever wants to come to Gellibrand because it is too far- I have the reverse problem.
So I have managed to tour things because of the internet and going outside of the normal system of government funding, organisational funding and using the internet as the huge tool that it is. Just another aspect of what the internet can do at times .


sharonb said...

Hi Dijanne - I have just poted a response to this over on my blog - thought you might want to know

Chloe said...

And I am here because Sharon posted - interesting.

Speaking as a former member of an advisory committee to a regional gallery, and a few other positions aorund that sort of area - I really think it is an audit requirement - departments where most funding sits want to know there are structures and processes in place to ensure transparency of the funding path - yet they go and fund hotels that have table-top dancing (for economic deveopment, not arts, I hasten to add). A community organisation with a committee that is not.

Yes, committees change, but I would have thought at the level at which you were working there would be paid staff as well, who do not change as often, and those would be the ones with whom you were developing a relationship. The money is there, but you need to have the idea, ell it to an organisation with professional staff, then usually write the grant application for them (and in such a way that they do not need to have cash in their own budget, only in-kind), and they are then the ones that have to apply for the funding and employ you. Seems to be the only way, these days.

For the foundations, as distinct from the governments, the requirement is for money to go to incorporated organisations for tax mitigation purposes - you can get money out of them if they have an arts focus, as long as you can prove tax deductability status - which an individual is not.

Dunno where the answer is - but waving from near the coast on the other side of the state

Chloe said...

And - the ABC has just started an Arts blog - maybe this is the sort of place where some dicussion could happen that is not just us talking to ourselves???


Me said...

Would love to know when the exhibition is in Egypt as I travel there a few times a year and would love to see it.