Monthly Archives: March 2018

Rachel Nelken, Head of Creative Programmes: Our new Artistic Policy

Hello

Today we are really delighted to be publishing a new Artistic Policy statement for the Albany. It’s the first major piece of work I’ve led on in my first few months here as Head of Creative Programmes. At the Albany we are excited by what might look at first glance as something which isn’t hugely ground-breaking in the arts world – but for us it’s a great step towards further defining what this brilliant and much loved arts centre puts on its stage(s).

The reason behind developing this artistic statement was to try and take a more strategic approach to how we programme our work here at the Albany. I started thinking about it last year as I was going through the recruitment process for the role. I talked to many people, both in and outside of the arts world, both local to the Albany and not. Overwhelmingly I found that there was a lack of understanding as to the type of work we put on as a venue.  People didn’t really know what we stood for artistically, or what they were likely to find on at the venue. This was despite the same people having a real sense of the Albany as a place for the community and a general ‘good feeling’ about it. Then, when I started working for the Albany, I was overwhelmed by the volume of programming proposals that came in on a daily basis and how to go about choosing which ones were a good fit.  I felt a clear strategic rationale would help with both those things in time – making deciding between proposals clearer, and making it clearer to the public what kind of things they could expect to see in our programme.

So, following on from that ‘informal’ consultation (basically – me chatting to people) we had some more formal conversations at the Albany. I asked staff members and our Board and people that we work with what they felt the Albany did best (and what didn’t work so well). What we eventually came up with is the statement that you can go on to read now.

The other important thing that we wanted to do was manage people’s expectations about what we could offer to them as artists or partners. We are really committed to being as transparent as we possibly can about the type of support we can provide, and about not making those offers in unintelligible ‘arts speak’. We want people to understand our financial situation and to make sure that we understand and are supporting theirs too. We are also keen to make sure people understand the type of information we need to have before we can make a decision about giving them an opportunity.

I hope that we’ve gone some way to doing that and that if you are an artist or an organisation who wants to work with us, this information is useful . Please have a read here and tell us what you think!

 

Rachel Nelken

Head of Creative Programmes

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Lewisham Live: Getting to know you, this week Albany Young Creative Christina Samara!

As part of Lewisham Live, the Albany Young Creatives are going to be presenting We Didn’t Start the Fire? an evening of music and dance with acts which raise burning questions of the youth of today. We’ve been talking to the Albany Young Creatives to find out more about themselves and their opinions on identity, this week…

Name: Christina Samara
Age:26
Fun fact about you: my black sense of humor

What is your role on the Young Creatives team?
  I am member of the production team

What is your favourite part about it?
 That we literary create and learning stuff and that I have met so many people with different personalities and mentality.

Lets talk about the topic of the event now, what is identity for you?
Is what distinguishes us from the others.

 If you could choose a destination to best describe your identity  what destination would be and why?
Definitely a Greek island.

Do you think identity is defined by the country you were born in?
 Sometimes!! It depends on many factors.

How important is identity to you?
I suppose is significant because in terms of socializing it gives you the opportunity to meet different aspects of life. In terms of individuality, is the best way to evaluate your own self.

 If you could, would you change your identity? Why?
My identity is not fixed yet. It always changes shape. Every single day I am becoming a different person and I am gaining experience. Undoubtedly, the core of my identity relates to my family and my nationality but I think that people built their own identity till they become old enough.

 

Lewisham Live! We Didn’t Start the Fire?
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Ages 16+.
To book tickets and find out more, click here. 

 

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Lewisham Live: Getting to know you, with AYC artistic director Christine Mears

As part of Lewisham Live, the Albany Young Creatives are going to be presenting We Didn’t Start the Fire? an evening of music and dance with acts which raise burning questions of the youth of today. We’ve been talking to the Albany Young Creatives to find out more about themselves and their opinions on identity, this week…

Name: Christine Mears
Age: 23
Fun fact about you: I am producing and directing my first ever one-woman show!

What is your role on the Young Creatives team? Artistic Director

What is your favourite part about it? Being able to work with such a dedicated, inspiring, motivated and clever team of people!

 

Let’s talk about the topic of the event now,

What is identity for you?
Identity for me is your likes and dislikes, what makes you light up and what you’re passionate about, what you would stand up to defend and what you believe in. It’s the people you choose to spend your time with and the places you love to go. It’s your values and morals. It’s not necessarily your job. It isn’t what you present on social media and it’s not the persona you put on to shield yourself against the pressures of society. Identity is your true self.

If you could choose a destination to best describe your identity what destination would be and why?
I think it would probably be the backstage of a theatre or a rehearsal room where I feel most at home.

Do you think identity is defined by the country you were born in?
I don’t think you need to associate with your country if you don’t want to. No one should ever just be refined down to just their nationality. Humans are more complex than that and so I would say no.

How important is identity to you?
I would like to be known for my passions and interests rather than my job which pays the rent, and so to a degree, I am sometimes conscious of what other people perceive my identity to be. I think it’s easy to overthink and over-analyse your identity in moments of insecurity or crisis in life.

Being proud of my identity is important to me, no matter how different it is to the people around me.

If you could, would you change your identity? Why?
Nope! Because I am happy with my current identity and I wouldn’t change it for anyone!

 

Lewisham Live! We Didn’t Start the Fire?
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Ages 16+.
To book tickets and find out more, click here. 

 

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Lewisham Live: Getting to know you with AYC Marketing Manager Gelsica Da Gloria

As part of Lewisham Live, the Albany Young Creatives are going to be presenting We Didn’t Start the Fire? an evening of music and dance with acts which raise burning questions of the youth of today. We’ve been talking to the Albany Young Creatives to find out more about themselves and their opinions on identity, today…

Name: Gelsica Da Gloria

Age: 24

Fun fact about you: In 2014 on my second year at university, I walked for Student Cross, on a student pilgrimage for Easter. From Oxford to Walsingham, Norfolk, it was 7 days of pure joy and companionship. It was one of the best experiences of my academic life without a doubt.

What is your role on the Young Creatives team?

I am the Marketing Manager and I also assist in the Finance department.

What is your favourite part about it?

My favourite part of AYC I believe is the sharing of ideas and concepts as well as getting to learn so much from each other directly and indirectly. The diversity in our team enables a very fertile exchange of knowledge which makes the process very interesting. As everyone has their own identity and brings different perspectives to the table.

Let’s talk about the topic of the event now,

What is identity to you?

Identity to me means much more than your skin colour, your religion or gender. To me identity means, who you are regardless of what society, expects you to be. Fundamentally what are your values?  I am the type of person that really is observant of other people’s behaviours, especially morally speaking.

If you could choose a destination to best describe your identity what destination would be and why?

The destination that best describes my identity, it has to be where I came from, Lisbon.  It is Lisbon because of the people, the weather, and food it represents who I am. To be fair if Manchester was a bit sunnier I would say Manchester too but oh well.

Do you think identity is defined by the country you were born in?

Yes, to some extent. I believe that the country that you were born, definitely impacts your perception of identity. That being said, I don’t think it restricts you to be who you were always meant to be. However, it has some kind of influence.

How important is identity to you?

To me identity is very important, because to me identity means values, morals and above all principles. It is what you stand for, and what you don’t stand for, when no one is seeing you. I think that without identity you don’t know who you are, therefore you are going to accept everything that you shouldn’t such as a bad relationship for instance. Also if you don’t have an identity you are probably going to changing your identity whenever you feel like in order to accommodate a particular situation or other people’s needs.  When you are certain of your identity you won’t tolerate anything that might put your integrity in cause, or accept the unacceptable. You have control. It is a tricky situation because I think identity is something that is always changing, depending very much on age and life experiences. However, if you have the basics of your identity clear, then you are halfway through it. Overall, yes, it is important to me.

If you could, would you change your identity and why?

No I wouldn’t. My identity is my essence, it makes who I am, and I am comfortable with who I am, and what I stand for which is equality, diversity, integrity and compassion.

Lewisham Live! We Didn’t Start the Fire?
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Ages 16+.
To book tickets and find out more, click here. 

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