Dear NASA UK Members – Happy New Year!
Here’s a kind of winter newsletter 🙂
Paschale Straiton writes:
Review of the Year
We had a bumper year in 2015 – running a pilot professional development programme which we hope to develop and run for a further 3 years (we are applying for funding). We started the year with FLOI’15 in Newbury and then we got a G4A grant of £15,000 to carry out the three projects listed below and hire a Project Manager to deliver them with significant (voluntary) work from several members of the Steering Group.
39 artists from 17 companies took part in For the Love Of It! at the 101 Creation Space in Newbury in March. This is a pre season wake up learning and networking opportunity involving workshops, talks and performances offering genuine sharing and collaboration in an informal environment. Guests included Marisa Carnesky and Robert Schiller from Theater Titanic (Germany). At the AGM three new people joined the Steering Group – Chris Squire, Mandy Dike, Beka Haigh and Bev Adam stepped down after 5 years of sterling work on NASA’s behalf.
39 artists aged between 23 and 64 came together for The Outdoor Arts Lab: Words and Stories in the Great Outdoors in October. This was a 5-day intensive residential course at the end of the season, looking towards the future. It focussed on ways to writing and narrative structures in outdoors arts: how does taking the perspective of the writer or thinking about language first affect the way we work?
2 writers reviewed 18 shows at 3 festivals over the course of the summer as part of our pilot project Reframe The Streets. We are now talking to Creative Scotland, Articulture (Wales) and ISACS (Ireland) and ISAN to work together to improve the model and provide artistic mentoring and debates around styles of work and themes. And we had a nice chat with ACE about what RTS was doing. See www.nasauk.net
NASA membership fees remained at £20 a year and we got up to 100 members in 2015! Unfortunately 5 members who had promised to pay didn’t so we ended the year on 95 members.
A massive thank you to those who joined us in 2015 and those who stayed with us! Only 3 members decided to leave in 2015 and we added 10 new members!
The more we are in number the stronger our voice, so do keep spreading the word about NASA UK and help us to represent your artforms / sector / yourselves as Outdoor Artists.
We were very ambitious in 2015 and therefore the core finances of NASA are stretched to the extreme and reserves used up. This means that we start the year very poor. We ask you to help us by paying your 2016 Subs as soon as you get the invoice at the end of January and by encouraging others to join NASA. The membership fees are used to support projects and to match fund Arts Council applications, so it’s really important to maintain this crucial income. A full financial report will be made at the AGM at FLOI in March.
- We updated our logo and website designs
- We added a new website for Reframe The Streets
- We raised our social media profile greatly with now 429 followers on Twitter (can you Follow us?) and a much bigger than last year reach on Facebook (can you Like us?).
- Generally NASA UK become known much more widely in the UK outdoor arts scene because of the projects (and a big thanks goes to Kim Tilbrook whom we hired as a Project Manager to run the 2015 G4A funded projects)
- NASA was invited to and spoke at the ISAN conference in November in Hull – Paschale, Lucy, Beka and Kim represented NASA there and we ran a session on Commissioning.
We are pleased to announce For the Love Of It 2016, 4 – 6th March at The Watershed in Huddersfield. All details here
In 2016 we plan to:
- Make a new Grant for the Arts application as soon as we can.
- Develop Reframe The Streets
- Organise another Outdoor Arts Lab.
- Change into a Community Interest Company at the AGM held at FLOI’16.
This needs some consideration and a vote! Please do come and join us at FLOI’16 so we can get together and make this considered change – it allows us to seek wider sources of funding and to run the organisation more efficiently.
- We are changing our NASA email group to a Googlegroup in January (dropping yahoo).
All members will be transferred/added to to the new googlegroup. Then you can choose to get emails or leave the group or change your email preferences. The Group email is our main way of staying in touch with you so PLEASE do stay on the group email.
Please tell us what you need NASA UK to do for you. NASA UK is Artist-led, that means you!
All events are kept as affordable as possible, while remaining really high quality experiences.
There are discounted tickets available for NASA UK members for all events and we are hoping to launch local meeting and fundraising club nights at a city near you this year.
Please do come and join us in 2016
Let’s get together to share, learn and inspire!
Wishing you all a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS 2016! May all your invoices be paid on time!
What does NASA do for you?
- A 20% discount on joining ITC
- Discount on FLOI
- Sharing information and opportunities
- A forum for peer support and discussion of current issues
- Undertaking research and professional developmental projects
- Advocating for the sector and networking with key organisations
- Engaging in national strategy and policy discussions
Love and Best wishes,
El Steering Commitee