We`ve been fortunate in the last 35 years, without the orders, commissions, contracts, contacts, knowledge, retail outlets, artshows, customers, the goodwill and support of countless people none of it would have been possible.
Its time for fresh thinking as the economy falters at the mere sniffle of another analyst who still don`t want to remember GREED of the few got us into this mess.
Students are graduating every year, they really don`t have much of a chance and some never even get to start in a career they trained for. The creative industries seem to be that much harder
A few weeks ago we set up an Arts Organisation to be run with the help of other creatives, utilising our Ponsonby studio and exhibition spaces, run events, website, workshops, share our knowledge and collaborate with other creatives. Whether an arts student, professional, part time craft worker, a retired opera singer or someone who just needs to connect with their creative side.
This is about giving something back, The Arts Menagerie is to be free to all.
This is no off the cuff idea, over the years I have been fortunate to meet entrepreneurs, academics, strategists, creatives who have shared their ideas and encouragement. Those people as well as our existing Customers, Retailer buyers, Art show organisers and Designers who specify our products, helps makes this idea possible.
As I am also realist
To the tiny minority out there, of the small minded New Zealand knocking machine..............don`t.
Its a very small country.