Erdington-based artists invited to help shape future of local arts forum

CAFÉ (Constituency Arts Forum Erdington) is holding a New Year open meeting at Highcroft Community Centre Highcroft Sports, Social Club & Community Centre, Slade Rd, Birmingham B23 6AX on Wednesday 23 January 2013 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm, with time for networking afterwards, and is calling for as many artists and artistic organisations in the area as possible to have their say and to help shape the future of the forum.

This is an opportunity for individuals and organisations (amateur and professional) from across Erdington to explore the benefits of working together as part of a creative community in developing and promoting local arts. Facilitated by Big Brum and Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champions Town Hall & Symphony Hall, the session is open to anyone with an interest in the arts within the Erdington District; that is, Erdington, Kingstanding, Perry Common, New Oscott, Stockland Green, Castle Vale, Gravelly Hill, Birches Green and Tyburn.

The session will be led by Birmingham-based creative producer Amy Martin, and will look at positive ways of supporting and promoting projects, overcoming some of the obstacles that artists and organisations face, and considering professional advice, training needs and networking.

“There is so much potential for individuals and organisations, who are often isolated in their day-to-day practice, to help one another by sharing knowledge, ideas and experience and the Forum is the perfect place to do just that. We’ll be led by those who attend but, with the support of Big Brum and Town Hall and Symphony Hall, future plans could include creating tailored professional development plans for artists, sign-posting people to existing networks or leading sessions on planning, fundraising, and project management.”– Amy Martin

Read more about Town Hall Symphony Hall’s role as Arts Champions

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