Community Creatives: Pinpoint

Pinpoint: Banyule’s Creative Network

Arts and Cultural Development Officer Nikki Ralston of Banyule City Council is on hand to tell us a bit about Pinpoint and how it can support community creatives.

What is Pinpoint?

Pinpoint is a network for creative people practiceing in any art form, who live, work or play in Banyule.

How can Pinpoint assist creative practitioners in Banyule?

We have our own Pinpoint website where individuals or groups can register a profile and upload images of their work. These profiles are then published and form part of a fully searchable database of Banyule’s creative talent. It’s a great way to promote your work, and to search for local collaborators! We also offer a series of professional development workshops and networking events, as well as small grants for temporary public art as part of our Art in Public Spaces program. Pinpoint is a lovely, welcoming community of creative people, and turning up to one of our events is a fantastic way to connect, break the isolation that can come with being a solo artists or micro enterprise, and learn about what’s happening in the local sector. To be part of Pinpoint you don’t need to be a professional artist, or working in a creative field full time, you just need to be committed to creating work in your chosen art form (or art forms) and to developing your practice.

Can you tell us about an individual or organisation that Pinpoint has been able to support?

Jessica Pinney is a local artists and member of Pinpoint. In 2018 she was successful in her application for our Art in Public Spaces program with her project ‘Solitary Sound Walks: Wilson Reserve’ – a self-guided sound walk, through park and bush land, that asked participants to consider their impact on the environment and is non-human inhabitants. Following on from this Jessica attended a Pinpoint Professional Development workshop on Event Management, and with the support of the Arts and Culture team submitted an application for a Banyule Arts and Culture Grant. She was successful in her application and is currently working on the outcome of this grant – a Winter Solstice Soundwalk and Storytelling Celebration to be held at Wilson Reserve in mid June this year! You can find out more about this exciting event here.

What do you think is unique about Banyule’s creative community?

I have worked with a lot of creative people and networks in previous jobs, and I have been genuinely blown away by just how welcoming and supportive our Pinpoint network is. I’m also incredibly impressed with the drive and work ethic of our local creatives. Through Pinpoint a number of collaborations have begun, and groups of artists now meet up independently to pursue exciting group projects and ideas. The capacity of these individuals to put time and effort and love into these projects while balancing their individual practice and the demands of everyday life never ceases to amaze me!

What advice can you offer to creatives in Banyule that are seeking ways to develop their craft?

Sign up for Pinpoint! Come along to anything and everything you can, meet other creatives and make the time to see their exhibitions/hear their compositions, attend their performances! Also check out our exhibitions at Hatch Contemporary Arts space in Ivanhoe. These are usually curated by my very talented colleague Steph Neoh, and often showcase the work of local artists.

On  April 6th we are offering a professional development workshop, Effective Grant Writing, with Debby Maziarz. This is offered in the lead up to our annual Arts and Culture grants round which opens this year on May 4. These grants offer local individuals and organisations the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 for a creative project that benefits the community.

On May 2 we are offering a special Pinpoint bus tour to a selection of Nillumbik Open Studios so you can meet and chat to other local creatives while checking out some of the amazing creative things happening in our neighbouring council!

Keep checking the Pinpoint site, our Arts and Culture Facebook page and the Banyule website for more details of upcoming events and opportunities

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