An innovative new development opportunity for leaders working in arts, screen and creative sectors, International Creative Entrepreneurs (ICE) offers an intensive, fully funded programme that includes a three month placement overseas and one to one mentoring for six of Scotland’s leaders and creative entrepreneurs.
Applications were received from creative leaders across Scotland who are committed to their self-development and demonstrate a real desire to take on the challenge of working globally. From these, six outstanding individuals were selected.
The six participants have been chosen to carry out placements in creative organisations or social enterprises in Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and India. Each successful candidate has been matched with an organisation which offers access to the leadership team, business model and hands on project work. The organisations have been selected due to their innovative business model and/or dynamic leader.
Departing January 2012, our International Creative Entrepreneurs will complete their placements at the exciting organisations they have been matched with, culminating in an event in September that will see our cohort share their experiences, challenges and achievements with the wider creative sector in Scotland.
ICE is part of Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme and is led by NT Creative Arts Ltd.
Anna Burkey is a freelance creative consultant, working to develop cultural events and festivals. She creates, curates, produces and presents innovative projects with the arts at their heart, and is particularly interested in literature development: she was a founding staff member of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.
Anna programmed and developed the New Writing Expo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, lectures on literature and culture for visiting Universities and has written for literary news outlets and blogs including Encyclopaedia Britannica and Time Out.
She spent six years hosting and developing the Edinburgh Literary Salon, chaired the Literary Programmers Network and co-produced Poets for Haiti, Scotland’s largest poetry reading, headlined by the UK’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. She’s proud to have been informally dubbed a Literary Ninja.
Anna will be working with Interactive Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on their Design Indaba.
By attracting the world’s brightest talent, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the creative landscape and one of the few global events that celebrates all the creative sectors – graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts sector.
Ravi Naidoo, the founder and managing director of Interactive Africa, will be working with Anna.
Paul Fitzpatrickis the producer for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and has been producing theatre in Scotland since 1996. With Catherine Wheels he specialises in producing theatre for children and young people, and is committed to developing the profile and practice of theatre for young audiences at home and internationally.
His professional activity is varied. On a management level he is joint chief executive officer and takes the lead in financial management, development, fundraising, compliance and governance.
On the creative level he works with the artistic director developing the artistic vision for the company and putting together the artistic programme. In the creative process he acts as a dramaturg – an outside eye helping to shape and edit the work as it progresses. When work has been made he finds opportunities to develop an on-going life for the piece.
Paul will work with The Weavers Studio in Kolkata, India.
Having been in the field of textiles for 17 years, Weavers Studio has established its position by setting up hand-block printing, handloom, hand-embroidery units in the vicinity of Kolkata employing 250 plus craftspeople directly and many more indirectly.
The studio runs profit and non-profit making arms through its commercial endeavours and its gallery/resource centre.
Paul will work with Darshan Shah, director of Weavers Studio.
Since 1993, Sally Hobson has directed the Programme Development Department of the Edinburgh International Festival. In this post she curates and delivers the public talks during the August Festival and the extensive year round schools and outreach programme. The focus of this role, Head of Programme Development is constant within the yearly re-invention of the Festival. She also manages the Edinburgh International Fringe Prize as part of this post.
Alongside working for the Edinburgh International Festival, she has been a Specialist Drama Adviser to the Scottish Arts Council/ Creative Scotland from 2003 – 2011, following four years as a member of Drama Committee.
Sally has also taught on the Contemporary Theatre Practice Course at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama/ Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for several years as a guest lecturer and theatre director in the area of theatre, education and community work.
In 2001, Sally was awarded The Arches New Stage Directors Award for her script “Talking to Yourself” and maintains a small production company, StillPoint Productions, which stages performance work. She regularly maintains an interest in creative training and professional development through international residencies with performance companies such as The Wooster Group in New York and Goat Island in Chicago.
Sally is developing a placement that will take her to Hong Kong and Australia.
With an award winning approach to design and the experience to develop creative, commercial collections, Founding Creative Director, Sarah Raffel’ssole mission is to continue to blend design and originality.
In 2003 Sarah graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with 1st degree honours in Jewellery and Silversmithing. During this time she won several awards for design and in her final year she was awarded the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Design and Business. As a result Sarah decided to side step industry or retail experience in favour of establishing and developing her own business, Brazen Studios. In the process of starting-up and undergoing initial business-training Sarah secured one of the first NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) Pioneer Awards contributing £35,000 towards the start-up of Brazen.
Sarah has continued to develop original and diverse collections which are now largely for the bespoke clientele of Brazen. One of her largest commissions came from the surreal and provocative design company Timorous Beasties. To celebrate Robert Burns’ Centenary, Sarah completed a set of 14 bespoke Knives and Forks based around one of Burns’ most recognisable poems “Tae a Moose”. Brazen was voted 5th Most Outstanding Jewellery UK and Ireland in a 2010 top 30 pole and this year was short listed for Best UK Jewellery Boutique at the UK jewellery awards.
Sarah will be working with Goods of Desire (GOD) in Hong Kong, an Asian lifestyle and culture emporium.
She will work with Managing Director, Benjamin Lau.
Sarah Tierney is an ambitious and dynamic mid-career digital creative. A former Company Director, she has worked as Producer and Executive Producer across a diverse slate of drama, live-broadcast and factual production for the UK and international TV, film and online sectors. Her work has included Oscar®-nominated, BIFA-nominated, Grierson-shortlisted and BAFTA-winning productions, ranging from short-form broadcast series to feature documentary to multiplatform slates. In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
From 2004-2010, Sarah founded and ran independent production company Clarity Productions (www.producingclarity.com): producing award-winning, social-purpose broadcast and independent documentary film from around the world. She is currently Head of Content at Twig (www.twig-it.com): a digital innovator of international education resources. A rapidly expanding market, Twig has the potential to be a paradigm breaker and world leader in this space. Twig produces and distributes a multiplatform slate of films and other digital resources. Sarah leads a large multi-disciplinary creative team producing around 1,000 films per year.
Sarah will be heading to FORM in Western Australia. FORM is a not for profit organisation which advocates for and develops creativity in Western Australia. They work in Regional Development, Aboriginal Creative Development, Creative Capital and Industry Development.
Sarah will work with the Director of FORM, Lynda Dorrington, but also with her ICE colleague, Tiernan Kelly.
Tiernan Kelly is currently Director of Film City Glasgow, Scotland’s only dedicated production facility for the screen industries, based in the former Govan Town Hall, Glasgow.
Having managed the £4 million redevelopment of the facility and established the core business, he now works with Creative Scotland and other public and private sector partners in developing Scotland’s first independent facilities village and sound stages, with a resolute aim to bring high value, international screen projects to the country. He sits on advisory boards for the Glasgow Film Office and the University of the West of Scotland Skillset Media Academy and is an active member of both the Scottish Facilities Group and Association of Film and Television Practitioners in Scotland.
He was also part of the redevelopment project team in his previous role at The Arches, acting as client liaison on the £3.5 million lottery funded capital project, which transformed the space into one of Europe’s leading arts venues. Latterly, Tiernan founded two of The Arches’ most successful legacy events; experimental music festival ‘Instal’, and the infamous club night ‘Death Disco’.
Tiernan continues to compose and perform music, and has a range of television and theatre credits to date.
Tiernan will also work with FORM, in Perth, Western Australia.
Tiernan will work with the Director of FORM, Lynda Dorrington, but also with his ICE colleague Sarah Tierney.