GENERATE 2019 // ART FESTIVALS
How do you best imagine and create high quality and impactful festivals for and with your community through the arts? Join FCAC CEO and Artistic Director, Martin Paten and artistic producers he has collaborated with, to learn how to achieve exponentially positive outcomes with your target communities, venues and organisations. During the workshop we explore and share real experiences and models that have had positive outcomes.
GENERATE is FCAC’s professional development series in contemporary community engaged practice. Be informed about best practice in the industry, and develop your leadership skills for social change.
WHEN: Friday 28 June, 9.30am – 1.30pm
COST: Organisation $250 / Independent $80
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Martin Paten is widely respected as a key national figure in the Australian arts and festival sectors, having built solid arts industry relationships across urban, regional and remote Australia, and internationally, for almost 30 years. Martin’s work in the Arts commenced with a BA in Fine Art (photography) from Victoria College in 1990.
Martin moved to central Victoria in 2008 and delivered resoundingly successful Castlemaine State Festival events in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, establishing it unequivocally as Australia’s premier Regional Arts Festival, nationally and internationally.
Martin went to the Castlemaine State Festival following 10 years of senior management within the Arts and Culture Branch of the City of Melbourne, where he performed key roles managing their Public Art, Art & Heritage Collection, and International Arts and Major Festivals.
Martin was appointed to the role of Director and CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre in September 2017.
General manager, Castlemaine State Festival
Krista Horbatiuk is the general manager of the Castlemaine State Festival. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal.
From 2000, Krista has worked organising large-scale fundraising and special events for Opera Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney. She has also worked in production, operations, programming and as a producer for the Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto), Castlemaine State Festival (Castlemaine), Big West Festival (Melbourne), Junction 2010: Regional Arts Australia National Conference & Festival (Tasmania) and Punctum Live Arts (Castlemaine). Other roles include as the general manager of arts auspicing organisation Moriarty’s Project Inc. (Melbourne).
In 2012 Krista founded and developed Castlemaine-based arts organisation Global Gardens Art, to produce and support multi-disciplinary arts projects with a cross-cultural focus. As a volunteer, Krista was the Chair of the Board for XtremeInc Youth Projects, Castlemaine, for five years. She has contributed to various community events and organisations through her life. In her personal time, Krista adores spending most of it with her two young boys as well as finding regular moments to herself to enjoy swimming, bushwalking and singing.
Martin worked with Krista Horbatiuk on four Castlemaine State Festivals. Together, they led community engagement and programming, production and business, before Krista took on the position of the Festival’s general manager in 2015. Krista has much to share about collaborative art making from festival coordination perspectives.
Indigenous creative producer, FCAC
Producer, Opening Night Due West Arts Festival
Dan Mitchell’s artistic practice over the last 25 years traverses a diverse creative field including circus, physical and street theatre, performance, festivals and public art.
Dan has worked as a director, producer, performer and creator across companies based nationally and internationally, including Circus Oz, Ihos Opera Tasmania, Bizircus, Melbourne Fringe Festival, QuarterAcreBlock Productions, Theatre De La Unity (France), Antic Disposition (U.K.), Dislocate Physical Theatre, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Ran Dan Club, Kununurra Arts and Christmas Island Arts Festivals.
Key high profile positions Dan has held previously include the position of Guest Director with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Co-Director of the Moomba Festival Tram Parades (2000-2002) and Artistic Director of the Moonee Valley Festival River Spectacular (2003).
Since 2006, Dan has established a series of specialised bespoke events, including the MoreArt Public Art Show for Moreland City Council and The Quiet Music Festival for City of Moonee Valley. He has continued to provide artistic direction on a freelance basis on various works, including Memoirs of Human Cannonball (Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival), Dislocate Physical Theatre The Key (Arts Centre Melbourne) and VCAA TOP ACTS Performing Arts Showcase (Melbourne Recital Centre, 2015-2018).
In 2006, Dan initiated the first stage development of the adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Baron in the Trees as a site-specific, tree-based arboreal theatre project. In 2013, the project won the George Fairfax New Theatre Award which allowed it to be developed for the Castlemaine State Festival, where it was a popular and critical success.
Dan’s work is essentially informed by sensitive site engagement, research, resource adaptation, sustainability, collaboration and meaningfully embedding a work into place. This conceptual approach is further informed by his Whadjuk Nyoongar and Anglo-European cultural heritage.
Martin worked with Dan Mitchell across two Castlemaine State Festivals producing the Quiet Music program in Castlemaine’s churches. Following this, Dan produced the George Fairfax Playwrights Prize winning work The Republic of Trees (based on the novella The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino), which premiered at the 2013 Castlemaine State Festival. This award-winning promenade was a site-specific work set in a national heritage park. The work provides a rich art making tale to share with Generate participants. Dan is now producing the Opening Night for the 2019 Due West Arts Festival.
Val Victor Gordon
Patrons manager, Castlemaine State Festival
Over the past five decades, have enjoyed a long career in teaching and arts administration while pursuing my great love of all things musical and theatrical.
I moved from Melbourne to Castlemaine in 1977, where I found my real home. Arriving just a few weeks after the first Festival, I began teaching at Castlemaine Secondary College. For over 40 years, I taught two generations of local young people and got to know many local families very well!
From the outset I became involved with Castlemaine State Festival, first as a volunteer and later as member and Chair of the Board of Directors. At the same time, I was the Central Victoria representative on the Victoria Arts Council and President of Castlemaine Theatre Company. The arts had me hooked.
After I retired from teaching, I approached Martin Paten, who was then the Festival Director, with the idea of setting up a formal Patrons Program. I believed we had a broad based loyal supporters to reach out to. Martin’s support and enthusiasm was crucial to the success that followed.
By May 2010, we launched the new program with an audience of 40 attendees and a carefully chosen local artist whose story was inspiring and heartfelt. We had signed up 36 patrons who made a 2-year pledge by the end of the function.
Now the Castlemaine State Festival has 224 active patrons whose donations underpin a significant income line in the annual budget and ensure the cash flow needed to allow for forward planning. Their role as ambassadors is inestimable and my role as the point-of-contact person reassures and informs them, and keeps them ‘connected’. Together we make up the Festival Family which helps to make our community what it is!
1- 2015 Castlemaine State Festival, Big Bang. Image by Shane Carey.