It was the middle of 2014 when I realised that after ten years at Flipside Circus I was bored! Whilst I LOVED working with the young artists, the circus artists and the wonderful team of staff I had lost my mojo! Days had become full of budgets, meetings, report writing and planning. It was at a Board meeting I realised (when I had a moment!) that it was time! Time to re energise, to find another way of working. But What! I wanted to use my knowledge and skills in a positive way and continue to work in the arts and with some of my favourite people.
I know I am a care bear! I love to help people. I love solving problems. I love fixing things and finding NEW ways of doing things. So out of this came a new little business that helps artists to solve problems, encourages artists to find new ways of doings things – PERFECT! Cluster Arts was born (thanks to Natano Fa’anana for coming up with the great name!)
And people ask – ‘Hows Cluster Arts Going?’ and my honest answer is GREAT! I spent some time last year in a leadership role at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) and this reminded me of all the things I’d grown tired of at Flipside Circus.
So no …….focus on Cluster Arts, focus on getting this little business up and running. So in September 2015 Kate Malone joined me and together we are a formidable little team that has traveled to London, been to PAMS in Seoul, Woodford Folk Festival, The Adelaide Fringe, The Sydney Festival, APAM Brisbane, The Green Room Awards, The National Youth Circus Symposium (this involved a 17 hour drive) in Wodonga and much more.
We’ve produced the Matilda Awards, we’ve successfully fundraised over $10K for Casus, reviewed job descriptions for companies, produced cabaret nights, represented companies at Arts Markets, negotiated successful tours, written successful funding applications, talked, laughed, cried and absolutely LOVE each day!
As well as this (in our spare time) we’ve opened a little incubator and performance space and CRAMMED our adoring audience in. So much fun was had……..next cabaret night is 6th August and we are excited.
Love to tell you more about our cabaret nights and our wonderful space The Little Tivoli!!! Next time.