Lead by the British Council: Creative Hustles are one events that provide the image sector practitioner space to learn, connect, exchange knowledge and experiences. Based on topics identified through our stakeholders’ consultation that took place in November 2016, we delivered the below one day workshops for a total of 1,000 image sector practitioners:
- Film Creative Hustle – December 2016
- Curation Creative Hustle – February 2017
- Portfolio Development Creative Hustle – May 2017
- Gaming Creative Hustle – July 2017
- Effective Networking Creative Hustle – October 2017
- Presentation Skills Creative Hustle – May 2018
- Funding & Networking Creative Hustle – July 2018
Lead by the British Council: through an open call, 25 Image sector practitioners were selected and were taken through an in-depth 5 training days. After finishing their training, all 25 trainees created their own teams, developed, planned and executed 8 events establishing new showcasing spaces for up and coming creative practitioners, connecting them to new audiences and helping them create sustainable income generating connections.
Once the training was completed, we met with each team once a month for their team clinic in order to support them review their events plans, unpack bottlenecks and brainstorm ideas of how they go forward.
The trainees events were:
- Arts & Live Exhibition by Enkusillasie Yesgat & Henok Diba 2nd March 2018 at Hamela 19 Park
- Sheger Mixed Art by Adane Firde, Hanna Wolde Teshom & Solomon Tameme on 24th & 25th March 2018 at Mosaic Hotel
- Maleda Art Exhibition by Natnael Kabtymer & Kalkidan Ayele on 21st & 22nd April 2018 at New Life charity & Rehabilitation Center
- Yeha Digital Arts Exhibition by Dagem Worku, Wendu Gudisa & Nasredin Mohamed on 27th April 2018 at Boston Spa
- Tibeb Fest: Fashion Meets Poetry by Samuel Fekade, Teklemariam Tilahun, Betelhem Abebe & Ruth Yared – on 28th April 2018 at Sabegn
- Guramayle Arts Exhibtion by Roman Anmednoor, Endalkachew Wondewossen, Nahom Kuma, Kaleab Matiwos, Manaye Ewnetu on 1st May 2018 at Momona Hotel
- Shir Shir by Biniam Haile & Nahom Tsegaye Haile on 29th May 2018 at Ethio-Cuba Friendship Park
- Afro photo & Film Expo & Workshop by Bruk Yibrah, Ruth Bogale, Tesfaye Bekele & Semagngeta Aychiluhem on 26th & 27th May 2018
Once all the teams had delivered their own event, 9th June we brought all trainees back together for our final Group Clinic so that we can review their learning, their implementation and help them think through what they would like to do next.
With overall aim of providing others the relevant Events Management skills we now have published an Events Management Toolkit which you can download here in Amharic &/or English.
Lead by the British Council: With the aim of creating a collaborative working space for image sector practitioners for the month of March 2018 we opened our Innovation Month doors to 365 practitioners every Tuesday to Sunday from 6th until 31st March 2018 from 11am until 8pm to make sure that those working could also benefit from this space and equipment.
Through series workshops, exercises and guest talk, the 117 artists who attended regularly managed to meet new artists, build a team and together developed a collaborative arts project. Once each team had finalised their group project ideas they then got the chance to present and get feedback from a panel of experts comprising of:
- Mifta Zeleke – Curator & Founder of Guramayne Art Center
- Fikirte Addis – Designer & Founder of Yefikir Design
- Girma Berta – Getty Images Award winner Photographer
- Abraham Asrat – EBC Radio and TV journalist
- Selamawit Workeneh – British Council’s Arts Programme Officer
Thereafter, each team used the remaining of the month within the Innovation Month space to build together their Collaborative Arts Project.
On 28th May 2018, in order to support these participating artists present their work to the public confidently we conducted a Presentation Skills Creative Hustle .
And finally the outputs from our 19 Innovation Month teams were showcased to the public at Alle School of Arts & Design on 1st June 2018 to over 400 visitors in one night.
Lead by the Goethe-Institut: Through workshops we have identified specific areas for potential development and international engagement. In the areas Photography, Film, Fashion and Gaming selected practitioners have been connected to their international peer in order to showcase what Ethiopia Arts has to offer the world.
Lead by iceaddis: A total of 50 image sector practitioners will be taken through an 8 weeks Course designed to help artists take a more business-like approach to the management of their talent and includes modules such as business planning, costing, pricing, intellectual property as well as Marketing.
So far we have graduated 17 and are looking forward to starting our next batch of training for another 33 image sector practitioners March 2018.
Download here your copy of the Business & Marketing Toolkit in Amharic &/or English
Lead by the British Council: There are tremendous values that the Business Sector can gain by engaging with the image sector. Equally, the arts too can benefit tremendously from working with the Private Sector in a variety of ways. And as such through a series of business breakfast meetings, Exclusive Arts Experiences and workshops, we have brought together 53 Business Leaders and 30 Image sector practitioners to explore how both sectors can work better together in a sustainable manner.