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Professional Practice for Artists

Joan Cameron Smith
  • Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2018
  • Start Date: 19 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 May 2018
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Joan Cameron Smith
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: 18 and over
  • Early Fee: $325.00
  • Early Alumni Fee: $305.00
  • Early Concession Fee: $305.00
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Available

Are you an early- or mid-career artist who needs new skills to launch your work out into the world? With a focus on professionalism and confidence-building, this workshop offers key information and practical strategies for visual artists seeking opportunities for their work. Separated into four modules, each session will be facilitated by Joan Cameron-Smith with experienced artists and arts administrators from the sector. They will teach you how to gain exposure, improve your communication skills, and the importance of networking to build relationships in a community that will support you and your practice. Be introduced to the breadth, depth and diversity of platforms, audiences and avenues for exhibitions available to visual artists locally and globally. You will have the opportunity to pitch your ideas in an activity-driven session designed to equip you with tips on public speaking, body language and delivering an artistic concept with confidence and clarity. The workshop also looks at key concerns of any artist – raising money, grant writing, administrative and business processes, with an emphasis on research, preparation and presents real case studies. You will come away with practical strategies to develop new approaches to your professional practice as a successful artist in a challenging marketplace, to successfully negotiate on projects and work collaboratively across sectors.

Joan Cameron Smith

Joan Cameron-Smith was the Events and Professional Development Coordinator at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and has worked in administrative and development roles in the commercial photography and visual arts sectors for 10 years. An alumna of the National Art School, Joan received a number of awards for her work including the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award (SOYA) for Photography. In 2016 she completed her Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design and is currently the Public Programs Administrative Officer at NAS. The guest lecturers will include artists whose practice spans both design and visual arts, along with experienced arts administrators who have worked across a number of arts organisations.

For the weekend you'll need the following

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Laptop or tablet.