Past Activities

Castanet started in 2009 as a coalition of arts service providers in Victoria and brought together under an initiative of the Australia Council, Arts Victoria and Cultural Development Network.  Formal events and activities commenced in 2010 and this section will be a growing archive of Castanet activities for browsing and for further follow-up with Castanet members.

Access Team

The Access Team supports community arts projects in disadvantaged communities in partnership with the Neighbourhood and Community Renewal site-based programs. The Access Team worked with Chelsea Community Renewal to support planning for a community arts project at the railway station. As a result of a creative visioning session the project has received support from local government and the Department of Transport.
Community arts sites supported:
Flemington – youth theatre programs
Maryborough – photography project
Laverton – youth arts practice

Plan Van

The Plan Van was a series of arts and skills development workshops for artists, arts workers and community organisations in Regional Victoria. Delivered with the support of local governments, the workshops focussed on developing project planning skills. Opportunities to build partnerships and alliances across the arts and community sectors were also explored, laying the groundwork for new networks to form. Plan Van was designed to address gaps in planning and implementation assistance for community arts projects in Victoria’s more isolated regional areas.

In 2010 Plan Van visited the North West and East Gippsland Regions in Victoria. Each workshop series was informed by local consultation into the skills development needs in each region, including with local councils. Workshops such as “People – Making Connections” and “Producing Great Events” were complemented with sessions on Communication and Promotion. Project and networking ideas in each region have emerged out of the workshop series.

Practitioners’ voices – artists in community settings

1 May 2012 – A unique forum on practice for professional artists – watch videos.
A unique forum on practice for professional artists working in community. What we do and why it matters. A day of investigation and dialogue across artforms. Four workshops delivered by leading practitioners Dave Kelman, Jude Anderson, Görkem Acaroğlu and Ian Pidd exploring:

  • Reflective practice. Interrogating and understanding our practice at a deeper level;
  • What makes it a profession? What makes it art? Probing process and aesthetic
  • What do you mean access? Are the arts really accessible to all community groups?
  • When it all goes pear shaped! Stories of when projects don’t go according to plan. And what is learnt.

With a special keynote address from Rimini Protokoll, who are among the leaders of the theatre movement Reality Trend and have an extensive history in producing award winning theatre works with communities in cities across the globe.
Download: Practitioners’ Voices Flyer  |  Program Overview and Artist Biographies