As part of George Town Festival’s Arts for Humanity initiative, four workshops will be organised in partnership with LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore throughout the year.
Workshop 4: Programming and Curation
Dates: 6-7 May 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Info Hall, Khazanah National Penang (Bangunan UAB), 21-35, Gat Lebuh China, George Town 10200 Penang
Facilitators: Audrey Wong & Sunitha Janamohanan
Fee: RM80 for two days, inclusive of lunch
Artistic director, festival director, curator, programmer…what is it these people do? What is involved in putting on great shows? Building on ideas related to principles of audience building and engagement, we will look at different approaches to programming and the development of artistic direction and curation. We will unpack the meaning of some of these terms, and also focus on aspects of evaluation and the qualitative experience of your audience because understanding the impact of what you do helps inform your decisions. Through participatory discussions and exercises, workshop participants will also develop insights into their own creative ambitions and practice.
This workshop is the last in a series of four, Managing Islands of Creativity, organised by LASALLE College of the Arts in co-operation with George Town Festival. Some experience with the arts or creative events is preferred.
Audrey Wong is Head, School of the Creative Industries and Programme Leader of the MA Arts and Cultural Management Programme at LASALLE College of the Arts. Audrey was previously artistic co-director at The Substation, an independent non-profit arts centre, from 2000 – 2010. She had worked at The Substation in various capacities since 1996, including starting the pioneering Moving Images film programme, and the Associate Artists programme which supported local artists in different disciplines (visual art, film, performing arts and literary arts).
Audrey holds an MA in English from the National University of Singapore and an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was on the board of the Singapore Art Museum, was a Council Member of the National Arts Council, and is currently serving on the board of independent theatre company Nine Years Theatre. In 2009, she was nominated by the arts community for a Nominated Member of Parliament post, and served as NMP from 2009- 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the NAC’s Cultural Fellowship where she undertook an investigative project on capacity-building for young arts managers.
Sunitha Janamohanan has been working in the arts since 1999 with a portfolio that covers a range of art forms and creative industries. She has been an arts manager, producer, curator, venue manager and heritage manager, in Kuala Lumpur and Penang; working independently as well as for organisations such as the British Council Malaysia, George Town World Heritage, Inc. and MAP KL at Publika. Sunitha has an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and is now teaching in the Programme in Arts Management at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Her research interests include community or socially engaged arts practice and how it relates to arts management, and she is co-administrator of a resource and network website to connect community engaged arts practitioners in the Asian region.
Each workshop can hold a maximum of 25 pax only, so register early to secure yourself a space.