EAF is always looking at ways to expand and extend the Festival platform to show a greater range of visual art. There are a few opportunities in the pipeline, which I would greatly appreciate your feedback on, including the Olympic & Commonwealth Games 2012 – 2014 (see attached paper).
I’m hoping to meet with you all before Christmas for a Festival chat, updating some research that I gathered in Winter 2007. In the meantime please get back to me with any thoughts on the info below, and do RSVP for the 15th Dec if you would like to participate in an ideas session around programming opportunities over the period of the games.
With very best wishes,
Edinburgh Art Festival 29 July - 5 September 2010
A few open studio / studio visits were offered in the 2008 and 2009 programme. They are always hugely popular and I think ( a good way for artists to show their work without taking on the complexities of an exhibition. We’re including a section in the 2010 proposal where artists can indicate if they would be keen to participate in a more coordinated open studios / studio visits programme. Please help us spread the word by letting any artists you know who have studios in Edinburgh.
Screen based work
I’ve been thinking / talking for a while around how EAF can provide a platform for visual art screen based work. This is beginning to come together and so I’m keen to get a sense of the appetite from artists and curators for a screening programme that would sit alongside the exhibitions and events programmes. There are venues available with the capacity to support programmed screenings and I’m talking to a few curators with experience in this area. Black Box within the Film Festival and Diversions are two of my reference points. Please signal if you have an interest in this and would like to be involved.
2012 – 2014 Olympic and Commonwealth Games
Please see the attached paper. I would like to host a meeting on Tues 15 December, at 2.30 pm in the Art Festival office, 5th Floor City Art Centre, Market Street to discuss 2012 – 2014 in more detail. There may be some considerable programming opportunities available to the EAF partner gallery network and so I think this warrants some group thinking. At this first stage all of Edinburgh's festivals have been asked to put forward suggestions for internationally significant and ambitious responses to the three strands outlined in the paper. Please RSVP to me with your name and organisation if you would like to take part in the meeting.
Web portal for Edinburgh’s museums and galleries - launching Spring 2010
Subscribers to The Audience Business will know that TAB is the delivery partner on the city wide web portal project, which will result in two major cultural websites for Edinburgh by the end of next year. The first site (edinburghfestivals.co.uk) is managed through Festivals Edinburgh and went live in July of this year and the second site will feature a number of art form channels, one of which will be Edinburgh’s Museums and Galleries. The BBC model (bbc.co.uk) is a great example of how this second site will work - when you go to their homepage, as a user you can customise how it looks and shoot off into the entertainment, gardening, food etc channels.
The Museums and Galleries channel is a development from the TAB/EAF visual art e-bulletin. All EAF partner galleries currently have access to this e-bulletin to promote exhibitions and events, and will also have to the new site. The site will host practical and programme information and will be supported by an e-communications strategy.
Kate Park from TAB, is the Portal project manager. Kate has kindly offered to come and speak to us about the project at the beginning of our 2012 – 2014 meeting on the 15 Dec.
EAF website now hosting dynamic content
Our website can now host dynamic (audio and video content). We’ve created a new section titled Pocket Festival in which to put all downloadable / linkable material. If you are planning to include audio and video content as part of your Festival exhibition / event please signal this in the proposal form. We can put it up on our site, link through to your site, and suck it in to ours from youtube, and vice-versa. I hope that makes sense!
Festival slots: we decided to run with 3 approximately 2 week slots. Dates are suggested as follows with Bernard Szajner provisionally booked for the middle slot. APs: Simone to email Mirja, and Mirja to confirm dates with Bernard.
29th July - 7th August 2010 tk36
9th July - 21st August 2010 tk37 - Bernard Szajner (Mirja)
22nd August - 5th September 2010 tk38
Note: Art Late – Thursday 26 August
Next meeting: Thursday 10th December. Please let us know if you can make it asap. Simone to book action room, to be discussed: filling remaining two festival slots/ going through submissions.
AP: Simone will take over festival email link. We need some brave person to take responsibility for festival promotion. Any takers?
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