Date and time
Wednesday 29 March 2023 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(Venue open from 5:00 pm)
The Incubator Creative Hub, The Historic Village
17th Ave West, Tauranga South, Tauranga 3112
There is wheelchair access into the building
James Wilson is Arts & Culture Manager for Tauranga City Council. Originally from Maidenhead in Southeast England, and arriving in Aotearoa in 2005, James worked as General Manager for Massive Theatre Company, prior to joining Q Theatre, first as Executive Producer and then as Chief Executive. Prior to his current role, James was Manager at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre. He has served on the executive board of the Performing Arts Network New Zealand (PANNZ) and co-chaired the organisation for four years.
James is passionate about creating opportunities for young and emerging artists to develop their craft and bring their stories to wider audiences. He is an advocate for the arts in all forms and its ability to bring communities together.
A space to talk meaningfully with like-minded arts communities about the future of arts development in Aotearoa New Zealand. This means talking about things like professional development and capacity building for artists, as well as funding pathways.
The sessions will last two-and-a-half to three hours, to allow time to whakawhanaungatanga, have rich conversations and a cup of tea in the middle.
The session will be guided by a local host who will support you to talk about:
- innovation, future proofing, equity, and excellence in the arts
- what long-term sustainable arts development looks like for artists, arts organisations, and their communities
- how we’ll know the arts are thriving in Aotearoa New Zealand
You will have the opportunity to form small groups to discuss the topics that interest you and your community.
You’ll be given a few starter questions to spark the conversation, and plenty of pens, paper, and sticky notes to capture the feedback you want to give to Creative New Zealand.
If you want to have more time to build on your responses yourself or with others outside of the space – fantastic! An online submission form will be available to complete between Thursday 9 March - Sunday 2 April.