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Sync: an occasional bulletin 2013


Leadership news

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Hi all - as you know, Sync formally 'closed' in 2012, but we are still having people sign up so wanted to keep pushing forward with e-bulletins occasionally, when there are things to report on.

So this is a quite update of some of the leadership, and other, activities and opportunities that are on the horizon. Enjoy!

Below you can find out about:

  • An international disability leadership initiative

  • Leadership activity in the UK

  • Creative Case

  • Short Circuit

  • Jobs and more

International Online Leadership Network

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Run by Arts Access Australia, this is an online network for disabled arts leaders, or those interested in leadership positions.

It began as a follow up to an arts and disability symposium at the Kennedy Centre in Washington in 2012 which brought together artists and arts and cultural workers from across the world working in the arts and disability sector. Meeting fellow arts leaders with disability provided a wonderful opportunity to learn and exchange information. The need for stronger international networks to support disability leadership across the arts was a high priority.

At the moment it consists of a series of telephone/skype calls, with transcripts and live text provided. It's not perfect in relation to access, but it's a great start to sharing practice worldwide.

If you want to join in,

To find out more information...

Leadership activity in the UK

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In 2013, Arts Council England commissioned activity designed to focus on developing resilient leadership with a grant of £1.8 million.

The Clore Leadership Programme has been selected as the national delivery partner for the programme. Specific details of how arts organisations can get involved in the programme will be announced in the coming months.

The purpose of the commissioned grant is to support the personal and professional development of cultural leaders. It aims to foster a strong national network of individuals who work collaboratively for more resilient cultural organisations and deeper local engagement.

The programme is one of the commissioned grants in ACE's strategic funding programme.

To find out more information...

Creative Case

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Creative Case is the Arts Council's approach to promoting diversity and equality - by focusing on what diversity adds to the creative sector in an artistic and not just a social sense.

Sarah Pickthall has lead on Heads Up - a series of film portraits tapping into the hearts and minds of a group of arts leaders and their individual interpretation of the Creative Case for Diversity.

She has created a series of eight 5 minute films exploring how the approach, since its launch at Decibel in 2011 has been adopted, reflected and made real, tapping into individual and personal values and interests of the people filmed, from Sandy Nairne’s most recent acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery to Sarah Holmes Agent for Change at New Wolsey Theatre.

The Heads up films will be uploaded in the first two weeks of June with a Live Chat hosted by Arts Council England on the 6th June.

Heads Up is the work of Sarah Pickthall Director of Cusp Inc and Abbie Norris artist filmmaker of Dropframe.

To find out more about Heads Up

Jo Verrent has also been working on Creative Case - this time in Yorkshire, where she hosted a series of meal based discussions across the region, called Food for Thought.

You can check out their innovative visual evaluation below - (Audio described version here -

To see the food for thought visual evaluation

Short Circuit

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A quick plug for the newest project Jo Verrent and Sarah Pickthall are working on - bringing together disability artistry and digital acumen through Short Circuit - an action research project commissioned by Arts Council England, South East.

We've had an introductions day at Mozilla in London in May, and June sees a weekend of deep play at Lighthouse in Brighton.

Check out the website for blogs, videos and more.

To find out more about Short Circuit

Jobs and more...

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We don't usually feature job ads - never have - but a good friend our ours happened to ask how she could get this job opportunity out to a wider audience, especially to make sure disabled people have a chance to find out more about it. So as we were putting this together anyway, we thought we'd include it here.

So Hoipolloi Theatre are recruiting for a tour producer to tour a brand new Hugh Hughes project in 2014/15. If that sounds like you, do find out more and apply!

To find out more about the Tour Producer vacancy

Goodbye again

Remember, all our Sync resources - including videos, articles and past bulletins - can still be found on the Sync site. We’ll be archiving the site for posterity for a few years yet.

With thanks to all, all the best,

Sarah and Jo and

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