Sharu Delilkan, a recent Master of Arts in Arts Management graduate, is one of twelve creative entrepreneurs awarded a place on ART Venture, the distinguished year-long creative enterprise accelerator programme given by the Arts Regional Trust (ART). The award is worth over $30,000 for each recipient.
This year’s award recipients were announced at an event on 31 August and included entrepreneurs Amber Curreen, Bridget Ellis-Pegler, Deborah Crowe, Donna Brookbanks, Hans Kim, Iulia Leilua, Judy Dale, Mardo El-Noor, Martin Hill, Mina Mathieson and Miranda Brown.
Sharu Delilkan is a Performing Arts Producer and Founder of Sharu Loves Hats. She comments on her experience and future goals for her enterprise:
I’ve had a deep love of the performing arts since I was a child. Coming from a strong journalism and PR professional background, I’ve brought all my skills and experience together to form my producing company, Sharu Loves Hats – because I do! As the company’s manager I wear various ‘virtual hats’, which include performing arts producing, marketing and publicity.
My current producing focus is to build national touring circuits in small towns that are starved for high quality theatre. Through Sharu Loves Hats I’m committed to identifying and working with local community heroes to tailor theatrical programmes to suit varied audiences, while attracting and building established and new audiences.
Initially Sharu Loves Hats is committed to touring Auckland’s small to medium sized theatre productions through creating new opportunities via customised tours. My objective is to help theatre-makers in Auckland become more sustainable in the longer term. This in turn will improve the ‘return on investment’ from public agencies that support the development of these live theatre productions. The objective is to help a variety of productions, many of which are currently unable to deliver financial returns, commensurate with the time and effort spent on creation.
The ultimate aim is to make Sharu Loves Hats the first port-of-call when Auckland’s small to medium sized theatre productions plan to tour.
We congratulate Sharu on her success! For more information about the award, please visit the ART Venture website.
(photo credit Vinesh Kumaran Photography)