It's been a fantastic opportunity to work on the Branching Out social enterprise project. It's identified the needs of regional artists and arts organisations, while researching the opportunities that social enterprise can present. With a fantastic team, we have managed to stretch the project well into 2011 with some excellent outcomes for Tasmanian Regional Arts and the pilots involved in the project.
While the project is wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, I will be continuing to work with Tasmanian Regional Arts in an entrepreneurial role, working with individuals, groups and organisations to look for opportunities to build capacity. This links beautifully with the work I have been doing with individual artists.
It's so often about accessing the resources to progress an idea. We are currently finalising a report that outlines the activities and outcomes from the project. It will also come with some recommendations for how social enterprise can fit with the arts. It's certainly not an easy path, however, it does bring an opportunity to reflect on practices and look for new and innovative approaches. I feel very privileged to be working with such creative individuals and organisations.