Hello to all members of Arts Canterbury. 

This is my first newsletter as the new chair of Arts Canterbury.  I want to acknowledge and make special mention of David Sell who was the inaugural chairperson of Arts Canterbury, and chair until he passed away this year.  David was central to the forming and growth of our organisation.  His leadership was inspirational, wise and inclusive.  He worked effectively with the committee and members, and with many people in the wider arts community.  We miss him.

This newsletter covers the activities of your committee together with a very strong request that you support and become involved in the growth and future of our organisation. 

Committee

I would particularly like to welcome new members to the committee.  Vivienne Davison, Ruth Killoran, Estelle Jarvis and Brendon Ayers bring a wide range of skills and understanding of art and the art world.  Thank you for volunteering to join the committee.  They join 7 existing members. 

On your behalf, I would like to thank the retiring committee members.   Deanna Gracie, Ruth Reid and Gaby Reade have contributed significantly during their time on the committee.  We know you will continue to be involved as members and we wish you well in your artistic endeavours.

 Annual Subscription:

It was ratified at the AGM in November that:

  • The basic subscription for 2017 to remain at $35.
  • A Highlighted webpage including basic subscription for 2017 to remain at $60.
  • A Profiled webpage including basic subscription for 2017 to remain at $110

 

 Future Development of Arts Canterbury

The committee has been working for some time on developing an action plan that will ensure we continue to flourish in a dynamic and challenging art world.  Committee members participated in a workshop to identify our strengths, weaknesses and needs for future development.  That helped us form the action plan and it is available for you to read on our website.  Our plan is developed from the goals set out in the constitution.  Please look at the plan and tell us if you can contribute to any of the activities identified. 

One development has been to form a closed Facebook group, available only to Arts Canterbury members.  It is up and running and already proving to be a valuable way to support and inform members.  If you would like to join please let Ruth Killoran know. 

Exhibitions

We continue to support members through offering opportunities to exhibit work.  Our two most recent exhibitions were at Arts at Oxford, and at the Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village.  The latter was our first 'cash and carry' exhibition, and it proved to be a huge success.

 I am pleased to tell you that Ryman have asked us to mount another exhibition next year.  Tentative date is 24-26 March, and we will confirm that as soon as possible.  One of the benefits of exhibiting through Arts Canterbury is the very low cost for artists to exhibit their work. 

Website

Our website continues to be central to our operations.  It receives a significant number of hits which is increasing opportunities for the artists who have their profile on our site.  Our administrator also keeps us up to date with what is happening around Canterbury.  A task we have in our action plan is to review and update the website as needed.  Have a good look at the website, and use it to attract new members. 

Artists of Canterbury Guide

The arts guide is proving to be one of the best ways to promote our members.  We hear regularly from members who have received enquiries, sold work and received commissions through their profile in the Artists of Canterbury guide.  A big task for 2017 is to prepare the next guide.  We will let members know when that will be.  I suggest strongly you consider up-dating your profile on the Arts Canterbury's website in preparation for the new guide. If you don't have a profiled listing, talk to our administrator about developing one.

Funding

Arts Canterbury has been very successful over the years in attracting funding.  That has allowed us to subsidise our members for exhibition, website and Artists Guide profile costs.  Arts funding has become increasingly difficult to secure.  Let's hope we continue to be successful so we can subsidise members, and continue to inform and encourage the public to appreciate and buy our works. 

On behalf of your committee I wish you season's greetings, and a very successful year for your art in 2017. 

Wilson Henderson

Chair

Arts Canterbury

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