Growing Wingecarribee Shire’s Creative Industries sector
The creative industries is a vast resource that is largely invisible at the local level. There is untapped potential to generate production and connection between us, and reveal the strength of the sector to national and global markets. No matter what your discipline – visual, performance, writing, technical, administration; or level of proficiency – ‘amateur’ to professional, emerging to established… we need to hear from you. A survey has been developed as a means to collect basic information from individuals, galleries, venues, organisations etc. Who are you? What do you do?
What can you offer? What do you need?
Take 10 minutes to complete it yourself; and share this message with your creative networks, colleagues and friends. A research project has been funded by Wingecarribee Council’s Community Assistance Scheme to document the diversity of creative practice, and quantify the size of the sector to the Shire’s economy. This project follows research conducted in November 2020 on the value of art and culture to the Southern Highlands community. There was a survey component to that project and the analysis from over 700 submissions was a valuable contribution to the report which is available at here.
The current project was devised to deliver on one of the recommendations of the initial report. The aim is to increase the visibility, connectivity and economic capabilities of the Southern Highlands creative industries now, and in the future; generate work between and for local creatives and attract work to the region.
STA is part of the Creative Industries Cluster Southern Highlands (CiCSH) who is managing the project, supported by the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The survey has been developed by the project consultant, to provide information for a report that will inform future actions for sector development and advocacy.
This project is an initiative of the Creative Industries Cluster Southern Highlands (CiCSH), a group of arts-based organisations and creative practitioners focused on identifying and supporting opportunities for the local creative industries sector. The project has been funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council Community Assistance Scheme and supported by the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A report should be available in March 2022. The project is designed to generate work between and for local creatives, and attract work to the region. Please also participate if you are inactive with your practice for any reason, or retired.
Image Credit: Rosa Fedele with a work in progress. Rosa was a featured Artist in the 2020 Arts Trail which generated $316,974.30 in revenue to Artists (source the Arts Trail 2020 report.)
Image Credit: Lily Cummins If I should die before I wake 2020. Courtesy the Artist
To register your creative contribution to the Southern Highlands community and economy, please complete the survey here. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open until 31 January 2022.
For further information on the current project, contact Wingecarribee Council’s Economic Development Coordinator on phone 02 4868 0517.
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