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Cannon Hill Collective 2013/14

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Starting in October 2013, and running through to April 2014, the Cannon Hill Collective offers young people aged between 16 and 24 the chance to engage and connect with mac birmingham: from initiating, producing and delivering their own projects to advising on mac birmingham’s wider work with young people.

This year’s collective will work with producer Amy Martin, and Stan’s Cafe. Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of long-term collaborators and a range of associated artists. More information about Stan’s cafe can be found here. In addition the collective will be joined by creative industry professionals to explore the idea of where art becomes a political act – how creative expression can act as a means to affect social change and how art can challenge many of society’s deepest assumptions.

As part of the collective, young people will be encouraged to develop new ideas and projects from scratch, putting their own creative stamp on mac birmingham’s arts programme. Over the course of the six months, they’ll work alongside arts professionals, be introduced to top-notch creative work, be invited to mac birmingham’s events, and devise original work to share with young people across the region and beyond. In the process, the collective will sharpen their project coordination, leadership and teamwork skills and gain confidence in decision-making and creative abilities.

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Cannon Hill Lectures: Autumn 2013

Following on from this summer’s Cannon Hill Lectures, a new series of sessions is upon us this Autumn at mac birmingham, led by totally awesome creative producer Amy Martin.

CHL can help you to shape your creative ideas and explore how to make them work. The lectures share case studies and tips from successful creative entrepreneurs and arm you with the skills you need to succeed.

Getting Your Creative Project Off The Ground
Tuesday 8th October | 5pm-8pm | Alex McCorkindale
So you’ve got an idea for an awesome creative project but don’t quite know where to start? This lecture will give you the rocket fuel to get going and the key to making it a success.

Knowing Your Audience
Tuesday 22nd October | 5pm-8pm | Amy Martin

For a successful creative career it is important to know your audience, and understand the demand for your product or service. In this lecture we’ll look at how to match your skills to the right audience, how to get your voice heard and your work in front of the right people.

Events Management and Festivals
Tuesday 5th November | 5pm-8pm | Ian Francis

Got a killer festival idea but not sure how to make it happen? This lecture will help to demystify events management and break it down in to an easy peezy step-by-step guide.

How To Not Give Up On Your Creative Career
Tuesday 19th November | 5pm-8pm | Jodi Ann Bickley

Choosing a creative career can be hugely rewarding but also pretty tricky to navigate, with plenty of twists and turns. Building up your resilience can help you to bounce back from set backs, help with stress and cope when things change. This lecture offers practical skills, strategies and insights that help you not to give up on your creative career.

Skills for the 21st Century
Tuesday 3rd December | 5pm-8pm | Amy Martin

Did you know that Sixty-five percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. How do we prepare for jobs that don’t currently exist? This lecture looks at the skills needed for the 21st Century and why a creative career is a good choice for a changing future and an increasingly connected world.

Illustrations by Louise Byng.

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Cannon Hill Collective on tour!
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Some of our collective were lucky enough to go to Leipzig, Germany this month, a historical city twinned with Birmingham. Working with young people from all over Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Poland to name but a few) we discussed ways for young people to learn more about Europe’s past, exploring how to carve out their way as part of Europe and what their collective future might be like. The visit formed part of an International Summer Camp led by Karolina Iwa to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Nations. It was a totally amazing experience full of new friends, new ideas and new ways of working. We will miss our Leipzig family!

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Cannon Hill Lectures: Summer 2013

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Cannon Hill Lectures

Cannon Hill Lectures are for young creatives aged 16-24yrs from the West Midlands. The sessions aim to de-mystify the creative and cultural sector and help young people to find their route in, whether that is as an employee, freelancer or as an entrepreneur.

Creative & Cultural Sector an Overview
Tuesday 30 April | 5-8pm | Amy Martin
This session will introduce you to the Creative Industries; Architecture & Design, Craft, Digital Media, Fashion, Film & Video, TV & Radio, Photography, Music, Theatre, Dance, Literature & Visual Arts. We will look at which ones belong to the cultural sector and why John Maynard Keynes is such a dude.

Portrait Photography Session with Kate Green
Tuesday 7 May | 5-8pm | Kate Green
Learn the basics of portrait photography with Kate Green and go home with a good shot of yourself that you can use online or as part of your CV or portfolios. Remember to scrub up and wear your best garms!

Think Like An Artist Act Like A Boss – Tips for a creative career pt 1.
Tuesday 14 May | 5-8pm | Amy Martin
What’s your ambition for yourself? To be like your creative hero? To earn a living from what you love? To be the best in your industry? To change the world or make people think differently? This session looks at your goals and how to achieve them

Creativity & Goals – Tips for a creative career pt 2.
Tuesday 21 May | 5-8pm | Creative Shift
What’s your ambition for yourself? To earn loads of money, to solve important problems through your art, To Inspire people? This session continues to look at your goals and how to achieve them.

Tuesday 28 May | 5-8pm | John Berkavitch
The art of creative collaboration is a careful mix of communication, clarity, cooperation and creativity and collaborating across artforms can create true innovation. This session will explore collaboration with Hip Hop Theatre specialist John Berkavitch.

Networking  – more than just business cards
Tuesday 4 June | 5-8pm | Creative Shift
This session will look at networking in its broadest sense and will consider how important building networks and getting mentored are to grow a successful creative career. Creative Shift Coordinator, Dean Melbourne, leads this session

Ca$h money – Funding Pt 1.
Tuesday 11 June | 5-8pm | Amy Martin
What is the difference between finding funding and earning money? How do you learn the language of CSR, G4A, Trusts & Foundations, Individual Giving, Sponsorship What funding is out there for young creatives and what are your options….?

Crowdfunding – Funding Pt 2.
Tuesday 18 June | 5-8pm | Sarah Gee
Crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money often via the Internet. Artists and arts organisations can use crowdfunding to raise money and awareness for projects. Come and learn more about what works, what doesn’t, and how you can be part of this emerging trend with Sarah Gee.

Twitter, facebook, Instagram, Vine, Flikr, Tumblr, WordPress, Vimeo, YouTube & your Personal Branding online
Tuesday 25 June | 5-8pm | Amy Martin
They do not like you, they cannot find you, and they do not know you exist. How to improve your presence online to help you in your creative career.

Next Steps
Tuesday 2 July | 5-8pm | Amy Martin
This final Cannon Hill Lecture will conclude the 10 weeks with a round up and highlights from all the best bits of the series. Bring a tissue it could get emotional…

Illustrations by Louise Byng.

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Show and Tell

Nothing like a last-minute challenge. Tonight’s Cannon Hill Collective session challenged the group to bring with them something that they could share, in a speed networking styley. This could be a skill that can be taught or something that shows off their work and/or something that represents them. With 21 in the group and only an hour to do it, this was a challenge. But with such a diverse group of talented people there was an amazing array of skills to share. Such as; demonstrations of 3D design software, books, portfolios, poems, a collage, websites, a music track and even an example from Nathan of the correct way to ‘Dougie’.

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Critical Mass

Tonight was our first Cannon Hill Collective meeting and we did a ‘Show me your numbers’ exercise. Each of the collective considered their total number of followers & friends from  twitter, Facebook, G+, WordPress, Instagram, blogger & Tumblr, we then pooled these numbers together to get a social capital of over 20,000. Now that’s what I call a critical mass.

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Applications have now closed.

If you applied to be part of Cannon Hill Collective with mac, Birmingham, please keep an eye on your email, we will be inviting shortlisted applicants to a recruitment workshop on Friday 28 September from 4 to 6pm.

For mac’s full programme and further opportunities check the IdeasTap partner’s page – mac, Birmingham.