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Winter Arts Networking Nights

Arty social PechaKucha this winter in the Cenral West

Arts OutWest kicked off their Winter Arts Networking Nights in June and the format is proving hugely popular. Using the PechaKucha format, these social events are designed to bring together the arts and creative community in the Central West. They present a chance to meet, mingle, introduce yourself, make contacts and maybe even kick start future collaborations. We talked to Rebecca Foster, an author who presented at the first event, held in Cowra.

How did you find out about the Winter Networking Events?

I found out about PechaKucha through Arts OutWest and applied to be part of this amazing night.  I was freaked out about creating a presentation because when I viewed some of the previous PechaKuchas, they seemed to show people’s REAL photos of their lives. For a moment I was a bit stuck as to how to create my PechaKucha. Would I take “selfies” of me sitting at the computer?  Or screenshots of my writing? How effective would that be? Instead, I sourced and bought photographs, and created a visual and aural presentation which turned out to be a bit dramatised. I enjoyed the process and had heaps of fun.

Could you describe the scene at the Winter Networking Night?

There were five speakers and about 20-30 people who came along to hear about the creative juices flowing in Cowra. This was the start of a good dialogue about creativity in the region.

Were you nervous to address the crowd?

I was a bit nervous as I was actually talking about my past and my creative baby – my novel – something personal.  I rehearsed and edited my speech and extract from my novel to condense the extract to fit the set timing.

Did you make valuable contacts/connections on the night?

I did see some known people in a new light, learning more about their creative craft.  I met a few new faces but most of the people I talked with were people I had previously met through being involved in dramatic and artistic ventures in the town.  It is great though to have these nights where people can learn more about the amazing talent in the region so that possible collaborations and appreciation of artistic practices can take place.

Did you sell copies of your book to the audience?

I sold one book to someone I knew.  One other person in the audience had already read my book. It’s about a young woman, Elizabeth, who explores the past, gets complete with the past and moves on from the past to a new life with unspoken opportunities.

My book is sold on Amazon.com, at the local markets on occasion and the information centre in Cowra.  For more about me go here.

What would you tell someone who was hesitating to attend?

Come along to PechaKucha networking nights to hear amazing artists, learn something new about yourself and others and be inspired about the creative arts in the community!

Winter Arts Networking Nights :

  • Wellington. Wednesday  30 July, Cow and Calf Hotel
  • Forbes. Wednesday 6 August, Mezzanine Style
  • Grenfell. Wednesday 20 August, The Loaded Dog
  • Oberon. Tuesday 26 August, Cafe Savannah
  • Canowindra. Wednesday 27 August, Finns Store

Watch the presentations so far :

Arts OutWest want to hear from creative people from across all art forms, mediums and perspectives including design, art, music, theatre, technology, film, architecture, community projects, creative ideas, education. They are inviting creative to share stories about your projects, creative perspective, influences, dreams and plans.

Contact Arts OutWest, to take part: artsoutwest@csu.edu.au / 6338 4657