The Creative Exchange (formerly, the Expert Program) is your gateway to the latest trends, topics and news shaping the sector today. Launched in April 2014, The Creative Exchange has attracted close to 40 national and international experts from across arts, culture, screen and design. Covering a wide  range of topics that are both relevant and thought-provoking, these free monthly events are open to anyone currently working in the creative industries with a keen interest in the most up-to-date information from right across the sector. Hear from industry experts, and discover new networking opportunities  at The Creative Exchange. We look forward to welcoming you at our next event.

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    The Creative Exchange has a bumper line up of presentations and workshops coming up featuring international and national experts.

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    Seeking Entrepreneurial Solutions to Support Artists

    When: Thursday, 26 October 2017, 3pm - 4.30pm (Doors open from 2.45pm)

    Where: Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne, 3002

    Cost: Free, but bookings are essential


    How can we adopt a collective approach in the cultural sector to supporting the pool of freelance artists upon whom we depend to deliver socially engaged work?

    What entrepreneurial solutions and sustainable models of working might we develop to enable artists to effect greater social impact through their work?

    How can we also generate greater stability and economic value in the supply chain?

    How do we move from ‘self care’ to ‘shared care’?

    Artists are largely self employed portfolio workers – micro businesses – providing services to organisations, commissioners and public agencies. Their work lacks both economic and social stability and yet, society depends on them to deliver impact in health, criminal justice, education and community settings. What are the entrepreneurial solutions to monetising and stabilizing artistic practice? How can we generate greater social and intellectual capital and greater stability for artists?

    Dr Susanne Burns (Susanne Burns Associates and Churchill Fellow 2017) will outline how the UK cultural sector is seeking to address some of these questions and will present the early findings of her Churchill Fellowship research from the USA.

    More about Dr. Susanne Burns:

    Susanne is a Development Consultant who works with a range of clients across the cultural sector. Susanne was Project Director for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's special Initiative Artworks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings and has evaluated many programs including In Harmony Liverpool. She has extensive experience of working in higher education and is currently travelling around the USA and Australia undertaking research on a Churchill Fellowship.

    More information about Dr. Susanne Burns and her work


    Arts, Law and You Workshops

    Presented by Creative Victoria in partnership with Arts West

    When: Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November, 2017

    Where: Kensington Town Hall (Supper Room), 30 - 34 Bellair Street, Kensington, 3031

    Cost: $10.00 Unwaged Artists and Producers; $30.00 Waged Artists and Organisations


    Join us for two days of workshops with Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia as she unravels some of the legal mysteries artists and arts organisations encounter daily. Places are strictly limited - secure yours now!

    Contracts for Organisations

    When: Wednesday 8 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm

    In this session, we’ll focus on some of the issues involved in contracting creatives to your organisation and your legal responsibilities. We’ll also give you some guidance around governance and how to work with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in your organisation and respecting culture and heritage in the law.

    Contracts for Artists

    When: Wednesday 8 November, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

    Understanding your contract gives you the power to negotiate a better deal or get out of a bad contract. This session takes you through how to make and negotiate a contract and some of the key terms to look out for in those agreements. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms. We’ll guide you to useful templates and explain how to get legal advice on those.

    Copyright and IP for Everyone

    When: Thursday 9 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm

    Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights. We’ll also shed some light on the potential pitfalls of putting your copyright and your ideas online – it can go wrong! This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and easy.


    When: Thursday 9th November, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

    Working with other creatives can mean sharing your space, your ideas and your copyright. This workshop will explore creating and owning copyright jointly, incorporating a collaborative group, and some of the opportunities and responsibilities that arise when collaborating with other artists - including in cross cultural projects. This workshop is for you if you’d like to update your knowledge for a more sustainable arts practice and get a clearer understanding of the legal frameworks behind collaborative processes or projects.


    Privacy and Data Law: Essentials for Artists and Arts Organisations

    Presented by Creative Victoria in partnership with Arts West

    When: Thursday 9 November, 3.30pm - 5.00pm

    Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30 - 34 Bellair Street, Kensington, 3031

    Cost: Free, but bookings are essential


    Many questions arise when dealing with privacy and data. What are privacy laws and how do we comply with them? Specifically, does the sharing or use of our member or customer data infringe these laws? What are the rights in obtaining the customer data of your audiences?

    In this presentation, Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia, will focus on these questions from the perspective of both an independent artist and an organisation.

    About Suzanne Derry

    Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at Arts Law, where she has worked for over 7 years. Suzanne has also worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. She provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas.


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