I Wanna Go: Building your international connections

A workshop series for First Nations artists and producers

In the lead-up to the APAM Gathering at RISING in June 2023, the APAM Office is running a workshop series for First Nations artists and producers to build knowledge, networks and practical tools to best prepare you to participate.

In the first three workshops in 2022, explore key ideas and strategies around international engagement and writing an EOI to pitch. In early 2023, the focus will shift to practical preparation for a market, including information about the First Nations Industry Program and preparing marketing and touring information.

Hosted by the APAM First Nations producers with a leading lineup of guest speakers, the workshops will be a supportive space for First Nations people only, grounded in an Australian context and welcoming participants from Aotearoa, the Pacific and Turtle Island. All workshops are online via Zoom, and the series is free.

Interested to know more? Come to the series introduction and info session on August 17th, or reach out to APAM’s First Nations Producer Mayella Koroi on mayella@apam.org.au.

Scroll down to read more about the workshop sessions.

+ 17 August 2022:
In this Introductory Session, APAM’s First Nations Producer, Mayella Koroi will outline the overall program, detail each workshop and answer any burning questions. For those new to international engagement or unfamiliar with APAM, Mayella will outline the role of APAM, arts markets and platforms more broadly, and key First Nations gatherings to have on your radar.

Mayella will be joined by guest speakers Sinsa Mansell (Independent Artist) and Beau James (Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House) who will provide context for how artists and presenters engage with APAM, and how this program will propel your artistic ambitions.

+ 21 September 2022: Mobility: How do you want to work?
In this session we unpack the different ways artists are making and sharing their work internationally. Key industry colleagues discuss how to seed collaborations, find residencies and secure opportunities to develop your practice and performance work. We’ll also explore how artists are touring and connecting their work to audiences, particularly in the context of shifts wrought by the pandemic. We cover traditional models of touring through to newer models like concept touring, how networking can add value to your work and the important balance of artistic and cultural values when working with your team and engaging presenters.

+ 19 October 2022: International engagement: Where do you want to go?
In this session we will work through some important international engagement ideas and First Nations global exchange. You will meet key leaders from Turtle Island/North America, Aotearoa/NZ, First Nations Taiwan and Australia and gain valuable insights into these regions.

For those experienced internationally, this session will give you up-to-date info on key regions for First Nations to First Nations exchange. If you are new to international engagement, this session will kickstart your networks and give you food for thought on where you might want to make connections.

+ 23 November 2022: Writing your EOI
Get all set for your 2023 EOIs! In this session we’ll look in detail at expression of interest forms for pitching at an arts markets. We’ll think through the different approaches to international engagement and market knowledge from earlier workshops, and work in small groups to brainstorm the best approach for each participant.

+  Early February 2023: First Nations Industry Program & Profile EOI information session

+ Late February 2023: International protocols & cultural riders

+ March 2023: Prepping your marketing & touring kits