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Happy 2011

a painting of an artists pallette running away from a circular saw symbolising the arts cuts

It's January 2011 and let's face it, none of us know exactly what 2011 is going to bring.

All the RFOs (Regularly Funded Organisations) funded by the Arts Council are working hard to see if they can make it into the new national portfolio - including those in Sync South East - and many other artists and arts organisations are watching to see what each local authority in the region is going to do in relation to arts funding.

We are working hard to support the organisations and projects involved in Sync South East at this time and just before Christmas we allocated £21,000 of consultancy support through Sync. Some organisations are using this to look at fundraising options and financial modeling, others to look at their visions to make sure they are relevant and applicable to the testing times we are in, and still others to look at community and communication - where are the local and regional partners and provokers that could support their work and how best should they communicate with them?

We had session for organisations just before the festive season kicked in focusing on quality....

Sync SE event

photo of The Stables

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that the final public Sync SE event will be on the 15th June at The Stables, just outside Milton Keynes – and we get to take over the whole building!

The Stables will provide us with a fantastic space in which to showcase both the organisations and the individuals within Sync South East - and provide arts practitioners, managers, partners and funders with a unique opportunity to see work and meet people.

The space also has an extensive free car park - an enviable boast for a venue so close to the centre of Milton Keynes - and superb access to major highways, city centre roads, country lanes and the M1 (junctions 13/14).

So put the date in your diary now - and look forwards to lots more information in the build up to June!

To go straight to the Stables website to find out more about them…

Rachel's success is Unlimited...

photo of mark smith dancing, with additional paint work by Rachel Gadsden emphasising the moevments

Huge congratulations to Rachel Gadsden for getting through the highly competative Unlimited Commissions process - and being awarded an International Commission for Unlimited Global Alchemy. This is a project working between London and Cape Town. The funds will enable Rachel Gadsden, Nondumiso Hlwele and the Bambanani Women’s Group to create their own visual artwork, which will result in an exhibition, a website, a digital film and a live performance that celebrates their “shared” survival. This is an expression of Cultural Olympiad values including internationalism, cultural diversity, sharing and understanding, and positive legacies.

In her application, Rachel said:

We are but skin bones and blood. My blood is altered at 1 minute intervals to ensure that I survive. Nondumiso Hiwele’s intrusive antiviral medical regime is similarly patterned and essential to her survival. Our commonality is that we are “kept” alive and it is this that binds us together. As an artist I believe this commission is of universal significance, and beyond our impairments, different blood lines and diversity.

The project will be delivered live in both countries and on-line, with exhibitions already planned in Cape Town, Cambridge and if successful within the Cultural Olympiad framework. The live performance element will include working with Mark Smith, also a member of Sync South East.

On hearing that the project had made it through, Rachel said:

Unlimited Global Alchemy represents a tremendous challenge. Hearing that my application has been successful was an incredible moment, but calling Nondumiso in Cape Town to tell her the news was the greater pleasure. The Unlimited commission is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

To find out more about Unlimited...

Other news from Sync South East members...

photo of chinese people working with an art work at Frabrica

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq's solo exhibition, including the whole of the "Unheard Until Marriage' installation, funded by the Arts Council opens in February. The exhibition runs from 1st - 18th February at Sprout (74 Moyser Road, Furzedown, SW16 6SQ, 07799538544,

This collection of work presents various perspectives on the many cultural issues facing Rubbena as a deaf British born Muslim artist. The installation presents the changes a woman experiences through a cultural marriage and the huge emotional impact it has when she changes her identity and her life.

To find out more about Rubbena and her work:

Monika Akila Richards has taken over at Permeate as Project Manager. PERMEATE is a visual arts initiative, working with diverse and disabled practitioners and organisations in the South East. Monika is delighted to be with Permeate:

"I can't tell you all how chuffed I am, 'cause Permeate truly operates in a way where others fear to tread, being open to difficult conversations, looking in between, sniffing out under and over and working up to fresh ways of working and means what it says.

And a call out from No Handbags who are holding a glamorous and mesmerising Flicker Club, at Hoxton Hall on February 17th (8pm) and 18th (1pm). See or call the box office on 0207 684 0060.

And finally...

a image labelled consultancy - a figure pushes the final piece into a jigsaw

So at Sync South East we are powering into 2011.

We have the consultancies to monitor, an individuals skills swap day to plan (March 24th) and the final Organisations Groove to develop (for 6th April - focusing on re-alignment and re-emphasis in line with Sync's origins in the word 'syncopation', also linking to governance and boards). Then we have the big public event to plan for in June... It's all go here, so please do get in touch with us if you can think of any overlaps.

All the best and get 15th June in your diaries!

Jo Verrent (Sync South East Project Manager)

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