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Cahoots

What is Cahoots? 

Cahoots is a program for artists and arts producers who want to spend a year developing their practice with a small, critical community from diverse art forms and backgrounds. 

We created this program because Canberra artists have told us that they want deeper and better critical community, and guidance in identifying all the possible ways that their art can be satisfyingly realised. 

Cahoots is run by Creative Producers Nick Delatovic and Ketura Budd. 

What do you do in the program? 

A small group of artists and producers take part in fortnightly workshops on Monday nights in the Canberra CBD, from April through November. 

These workshops involve critical discussions, sharing of individual work and practice, collaboration exercises, creative producing exercises and activities designed to form a community that can effectively critique and support each other’s art. 

Outside of the workshops, the You Are Here producers have one-on-one meetings with the Cahoots artists and producers to further clarify and work on their individual development goals. We can also facilitate other collaborative and mentor relationships if that suits their needs. 

Throughout the program, we help set and achieve a measurable development goal for their arts practice. We will help them pursue their goal in the context of the following questions: 

  • Who are you and why do you do what you do? 
  • What are the values that drive you in your creative practice? 
  • What creative partnerships do you need to form to develop your practice? 
  • What resources do you need to develop your practice over time? 

There is NO requirement to create any finished artworks as part of this program, or to present any work to a public audience. Those artists who do pursue the creation of an artwork are provided with event producer support, artist fees and production budget, marketing support and the You Are Here ‘Cahoots Labs’ to present their work. 

Is this program right for me? 

This program could be perfect for you if: 

  • You are an experimental artist or you want to do something experimental within your art form 
  • You are making the jump from one art form to another for the first time, or wanting to blur the lines between art forms 
  • You have huge, ambitious, multi-year plans for your arts practice that are daunting to you, and you want some help working out where and how to start 
  • You spend a lot of time on the Working Artist treadmill of fundraising/ production/ audience outcome/ repeat and want to take some time out of that to reconnect with why you even do this stuff 
  • You want to identify more creative partnerships for your practice and want help forming them 
  • You are a creative producer (someone who facilitates and runs creative processes or organisation or events) who wants to further develop your skills and creation models. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re a creative producer then you almost certainly are! 
  • You want to better connect to the deeper global idea space relating to your arts practice 
  • You want to form new connections and community, and meet potential new collaborators 

Are there any requirements or criteria that I have to meet? 

  • You must be based in Canberra. 
  • You must be over 18. 
  • You must be able to commit to attending fortnightly workshops on Monday evenings somewhere close to the CBD, as well as a fortnightly one-on-one meeting with producers at a time that we work out together. 
  • You must apply as an individual. 
  • You have some availability throughout September, when we will show any work that requires a public outcome. 

There are no criteria regarding your experience, art form, education or training, background or age (as long as you’re over 18). 

Fees 

You will be paid a fee for your attendance at the workshops and meetings with producers. This will be paid in 2 instalments – one halfway through the program and one at the end of the program. 

You may be provided with a discretionary budget to pursue activity relevant to your practice goals, such as rehearsal space or meetings with a mentor or consultant. This budget will be negotiated with your producers on an ‘as needs’ basis. 

If you choose to create work, you may have access to an artist fee budget between to pay collaborators and/or yourself, as well as a production budget between to pay for materials, technical requirements etc. Again, these fees will be negotiated with your producers. 

Cool! Sounds great. How do I apply? 

Applications for 2020 are closed. Applications for 2021 will open early next year!  

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