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Chapter Cardiff Ltd.

San Francisco Exchange

Freya Dooley, Programme Support Officer for Visual & Live Arts at Chapter (and previously for Film & Cinema), undertook a Research and Development visit to San Francisco on behalf of the organisation in June 2015.

Freya met with a range of visual art and film organisations whilst in San Francisco, including Southern Exposure, The LAB and The THING Quarterly, and spent some time working with Frameline 39 Film Festival. This enabled her to gain first-hand experience of the changing, vibrant arts scene in San Francisco, and the creative approaches the artistic community is taking to deal with issues such as rising rent prices. These include artist publishers COLPA Press organising pop-op projects such as ‘Kunst Haul'- a mobile gallery and bookstore run out of a remodelled U-Haul truck, and Congratulations Pine Tree, an artist-led Bay Area podcast which offers a platform for artists to publicly discuss topical issues affecting the arts community.

Her work with Frameline 39 enabled Freya to gain an insight into the delivery of a large scale film festival and, held during San Francisco Pride, learnt about best practice in highlighting and integrating LGBTQ issues further in Chapter’s approach to equality and more widely into cross-departmental programming. The opportunity to network with a range of artists and organisations throughout the visit was significant in raising the profile of Chapter and its programme in San Francisco, developing relationships to enable future exchange and collaboration. The visit enabled Freya to get to know the work of a diverse range of artists and filmmakers working in the Bay Area, and consequently she will apply this research in supporting Chapter's artists and audiences in challenging and creative ways through its future events programme.

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