Flutter Lyon Awarded a MATCH Grant by Creative Partnerships Australia

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The Groundswell Project and Flutter Lyon have just been approved by Creative Partnerships Australia for an $8,000 MATCH grant to introduce the first Pressing Session Palliative Care project into a major Sydney hospital.

That means we’ll be launching a crowd funding project in a few weeks to raise $8,000 – and if, with all of your help, we successfully raise it, Creative Partnerships will give us $8,000 to match it.

Then we can set-up the first 3 month residency at the hospital, allowing me to be at the hospital once a week, recording the life stories of patients – via both sound, and as a beautiful Ink-Pressing artwork.

Then, we’ll publish a book sharing some of the artworks and stories.

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This is huge news! I’m shaking with excitement to take my practice into a space where it is so needed. Peoples lives and stories matter. Every race, every culture, every spirituality, every human.

This is a social impact project as well as the beginning of a research project into art, health, healing and death. Ways of considering our experiences of life and death – of our own and of other people.

More to come on this project in the next few weeks.

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Today, is the New Art World. Tomorrow, it Will be Even Newer Again.

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Do we agree that it makes sense that a business person can enjoy art?

Yes?

Okay.

Then is it not absurd to think that an artist cannot enjoy business?

As artists, I think we find it difficult to publicly express any possible love of commerce, organisation and marketing.

This sense of silence has been established and reinforced by the traditional structures of patron and artist; gallerist and artist. The representative took care of the financial and marketing elements of an artist’s work and helped to steer the artist in a direction that was beneficial to both the artist and the patron/gallery.

This structure worked well in many ways; but there were inherent problems too.

This structure has shifted dramatically and we find ourselves in new, exciting times.

It is the time for artists to become comfortable with business, if they wish to fully embrace the breadth of their artistic practice – from concept to realisation to selling (from commercial, tangible sales to grant writing – it is all selling. Selling is simply the voluntary supply of something in response to a request. Grant writing and art sales can be beautiful, meaningful activities and transactions, but they are essentially sales, and that’s okay.)

We need to create a space for open conversations to be had around art, money, marketing, systems and culture.

Good marketing can change the world in good ways.

An intimate relationship with the inner workings of commerce are what sustain the production of exceptional artists and organisations.

A passionate approach to organisation makes things work more efficiently so we can get on with the actions of creativity and innovation.

If you have the idea that you can’t be a deeply considered, dedicated and culturally progressive artist who also has their eyes open to the wider setting their work sits within – and how that work can be funded and sustained in compelling ways – then, you’re wrong.

This idea is an often unmentioned belief within the artistic world. It is not cool to talk about the economics or strategy around the conveyance of our work. It is, in fact, viewed as really quite distasteful.

This view is unhelpful.

Giving someone a box and telling them to sit in it, doesn’t work anymore.

People are smart.

Our world is smart.

We need to stop limiting people based upon the ideas of the past and encourage a more open dialogue that seeks to construct new ways of thinking and doing.

Today, is not the old art world.

Today, is the new art world.

Tomorrow, will be even newer again.

Let’s start there.

From there, we can talk.

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I Believe in The Imagination of Every Human Being

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When we’re children, our imagination is vivid and free. It plays an integral role in our understanding and experience of the world around us.

Yet, as we grow older, we are taught to not imagine. To conform and follow what already exists.

This must change.

We must begin to imagine again.

To imagine what we wish our world could be,
to imagine how we’d like to feel inside of ourselves,
to imagine new ways of solving old problems that change things for good.

Let’s really open our minds and allow ourselves to think and feel differently.

It is time.

I am developing a new leadership program with the Institute for Global Women Leaders that will launch in the coming months. This will be your way of experiencing the thinking tools and creative activities I have developed over the past 12 years as an artist and creative entrepreneur, that will help you to expand your approach to your life and business.

Let’s think in full colour.
Let’s see with open eyes and hearts.
Let’s imagine, employ our courage and set about creating what it is we envision.

I want to help you create new neural pathways in your brain that support your inner intentions, as a woman and as a human being.

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