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Welcome 2010!

Sync South East is a leadership development programme for disabled artists, artsworkers (and disability focused arts organisations & projects). It’s a training and coaching programme with a difference.

Chinese New Year Card with a line drawing of a tiger

Happy New Year - and how the year has started off! First with the snow and then dramatic world events, 2010 is kicking off as a year to be reckoned with.

In February, the Chinese New Year changes too - rolling from the year of the Ox into the year of the Tiger, which is one of the key leadership signs in the Chinese Horoscope:

Tigers do not find worth in power or money. They will be completely honest about how they feel and expect the same of you. Whatever life deals them, Tigers always land on their feet, ready for their next act in life, pursuing it with unyielding energy and hunting it infallibly. Tigers are also incorrigibly competitive - they simply cannot pass up a challenge. Tigers are unpredictable and it would be unwise to underestimate their reactions. They may appear cool, but they can pounce at a moment's warning. Natural leaders, they have a strong sense of their own dignity. Tigers are intelligent, alert, and farsighted. They have their fingers on the pulse. Good strategists and tacticians, they often have a hidden agenda. As long as they do not risk their luck too often, and keep their restless nature under control, their tactics usually pay off in life.

In the Sync South East programmes we are learning lots from the Tiger. How can we land on our feet more often and remain dignified and alert. How can we avoid risking our luck that little too often, or having to compete for every opportunity?

If you are on the prowl for new opportunities and want to stay ahead of the game, come to our Expo on the 9th Feb and find out more about Sync South East and the individuals who are on the programme.

Sync South East: EXPO (9th February, 1-5.30pm)

"It sounds wonderful and I would love to come if possible... I'm checking my diary..."

We are almost ready to send out information to everyone who is booked onto our EXPO event (Feb 9th 2010). Just to remind you, the programme will include:

Finding the Synergy: Presentations from partnerships involving Sync South East artists including work with Portsmouth University, Parliamentary Outreach and Farnham Maltings. When disabled artists, individuals and organisations are truly engaged in the development and delivery of opportunities, what are the benefits on all sides?

Doing it for ourselves: A chance to take part in one of three workshop sessions to capture what we know:

  • Option one: Hints and Tips on genuinely involving disabled people in the arts – what do we all need to do to genuinely meet the needs of disabled people, and level the playing field?

  • Option two: Mapping the opportunities – a chance to start to physically listing the opportunities and links that we know are out there for disabled artists, disability related arts organisations and those interested in working with them at local, regional, national and international levels.

  • Option three: Influencing the agenda – how, when and where can disabled artists and artsworkers play a part in shifting the status quo and ensuring equality?

(At the end of the event, the Sync South East team will collate the results of each session and send to all those who attended – so whichever session you attend, you won’t miss out).

Panel session: is it different for us? Is it different for learning disabled people ‘stepping up’? Often excluded, how can opportunities best be designed to genuinely include learning disabled people – our learning disabled members speak out.

There are still a few places available. You can check out the previous bulletin for info on the logistics or simply email for further information and a booking form.

To go to Farnham Maltings website...

Spotlight Accentuate

One vision; 15 projects, 1000 days to create a cultural shift

Image of cogs including a wheelchair designed by Caroline Cardus to mark the launch of Accentuate

Sync South East is an Accentuate project, but what does that really mean?

Well, Accentuate is an ambitious programme made up of 15 projects, all designed to ensure disabled people have the potential to be the leaders of tomorrow, in whatever field they choose. Accentuate is about creating a legacy, a permanent change in the way disability is viewed by society.

The funds for Accentuate come from the Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has also invested significant financial support in Accentuate, as have the regional cultural agencies.

Partnerships are key to Accentuate and Screen South, English Heritage, Museums, Libraries and Archives, Arts Council England South East, Tourism South East, Sport England, Creative Junction, Buckinghamshire County Council and English Federation of Disability Sports are all working in partnership with Accentuate to deliver the 15 major projects.

Esther Appleyard, programme director for Accentuate, will be at the Expo if you want to find out more - or use the link below to go straight to the Accentuate website.

To go to the Accentuate website...

And finally...

a cartoon of a cooking pot bursting with ingredients

Many of our individuals and organisations are on tenterhooks awaiting the results of grant applications at the moment. It seems to be a time of waiting, a time of planning, dreaming and scheming.

What plans have you got cooking?

If you have any opportunities that might be coming up soon, that you would like us to pass on to all those involved in Sync South East, do drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

Hope to see you at the Expo.

Jo Verrent and the rest of the Sync South East team

To go straight to the Sync South East website...

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