ART:sync is a dynamic network of international cultural operators, creative practitioners and arts professionals based in South East England; representing a diverse range of cultural, artistic and academic backgrounds.
Our vast talent base incorporates; writers, curators, performers, filmmakers, fine artists, directors, craft artists, graphic designers, actors, aerialists, designers, journalists, choreographers, spoken word artists, illustrators, dramaturgs, musicians, photographers, sound designers, mosaicists, gallerists, creative entrepreneurs, art therapists, producers, consultants, researchers, lecturers, CEOs and more...
Our wide-ranging areas of expertise include; Heritage & Diverstity Awareness | Cultural Leadership | Arts Practice/Administration/Education/Development/Training | Programming | Project Management | Education | Community Outreach | Youth Development | Peer Mentoring | Organisational Development and Strategic Planning. Please take a look on our 'Members' pages for details of our network.
What We Do
ART:sync aims to provide a space for artists to share ideas and experiences, to learn from peer support, and to progress their career ambitions in a supportive and challenging environment. We operate on a project by project basis and in 2014 we completed an 18 month organisational development programme funded by Arts Council England (South East). For this project we ran a series of training courses and seminars covering topics including Social Media, International Working and Fundraising. Arts & Heritage also emerged as an important subject for development and critical debate, and we have forged new links with heritage agencies and networks in the region to pursue future initiatives within this realm.
We also operated a small bursary scheme to provide financial assistance towards the cost of professional development activities for ART:sync members, including training and mentoring sessions. The bursaries have so far enabled members to attend exhibitions, performances, conferences and networking events that they would not otherwise be able to access.
For 2015, 2016 and 2017 we linked up with Brighton Fringe to launch the 'Irene Mensah Artists' Bursary' in honour of our dearly departed friend and colleague. Cash awards were made available to individual artists or artist collectives to help cover the cost of developing creative projects for participation in Brighton Fringe; including costs for costumes, instruments, artist fees and venue hire for performance, rehearsal or studio space. We hope to be able to continue the Irene Mensah Artists Bursary in 2018 - full details will be available on the Fringe website.
Also in Irene's honour, throughout 2015 we produced "Crossing The Teas", an arts and heritage community project exploring international tea drinking customs. Please check out the website for more details www.crossingtheteas.com.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 there will be a hiatus in the programming of other activities as the ART:sync development team, Philippa Vafadari (Creative Producer) and Jenni Lewin-Turner (Creative Consultant) pursue their academic careers and complete their respective Masters degrees. However, we will be fundraising for our 2018 - 2020 programme so watch this space...