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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    Creative Care: Wellbeing in the Arts

    Presented by Creative Victoria in partnership with the Arts Wellbeing Collective and Auspicious Arts Incubator

    Please note: This event has been postponed and will now be presented in February. Date and Time TBC.

    Cost: Free, but bookings are essential

    At the end of a busy year, it’s time to focus on yourself, look forward and recharge. The Creative Exchange wants to help! Come along to the final event for 2017 to celebrate, catch up with colleagues and get planning for a ‘wellbeing approach’ to 2018.

    Creativity requires vulnerability, innovation, energy and commitment. Self-care is essential to keeping the creative juices flowing - but is much easier said than done! It often takes a backseat, particularly when you’re on a deadline. Whether it’s an opening night, production week, festival season, or grants time, how do you take simple, effective and meaningful steps towards self-care in a busy and emotion filled environment like the arts?

    Join Tracy Margieson, Project Manager of the Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne and John Paul Fischbach, CEO & Chief Alchemist at Auspicious Arts Incubator for practical tips and tricks for self-care in the creative industries.

    More about Tracy Margieson | Project Manager Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne

    Tracy is Project Manager, Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne and a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is a director of Purplestage Arts and Entertainment Management, where recent producer credits include Queen Bee (2014) and Drowning in Veronica Lake (2015 and 2016 regional tours). Previous roles include Creative Manager at Williamstown Literary Festival and Marketing & Development Manager at Gasworks Arts Park, as well as senior roles in corporate communications, and festivals and events. Tracy has provided freelance arts management consultancy to a variety of organisations including Regional Arts Victoria, Hobsons Bay Library Services, Kids Thrive, and The Australian School of Magic. Tracy holds a post-graduate Certificate of Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University (2012), where she was awarded the George Fairfax Fellowship for top graduate, and a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) from Sydney University.

    More about John Paul Fischbach | CEO & Chief Alchemist at Auspicious Arts Incubator

    John Paul maintains a personal balance between business projects and creative projects. On the creative side he has written and published a children’s book, Phillip the Penguin, created the International Puppet Carnival, directed several independent plays and opera.

    In 2011 has completed his first film, Shoelace, which has been screened worldwide in over 40 festivals. His transmedia project, True Secrets Melbourne, a smart-phone app was launched in 2013. His newest project a comedy web series, Sex or Breakfast premiered in 2015. His book No More Starving Artists: How to Master your Art your Life and Build your Business will be out early next year.

    John Paul has worked for over 30 years in the business and art of live theatre and special events. He has a unique combination of artistic creativity, marketing know-how and business acumen. He has a long history of producing and directing theatre, film, festivals and site-specific events, from the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles to an interactive performance at the Substation in Newport, VIC. He has lived and worked in the US, Denmark, England, Bali and Canada.

    His arts management and marketing advice has been featured in monthly columns for Creative Foyer and Arts Hub.

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