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Professional Practice for Artists

Jess Cook Kelly Doley Sebastian Goldspink 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: Jess Cook
  • Teacher: Kelly Doley
  • Teacher: Sebastian Goldspink
  • Teacher: Joan Cameron Smith
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: 18 and over
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

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 with each session led by an experienced artist or administrator from the arts sector. The facilitators are Jess Cook (107 Projects), Kelly Doley (Barbara Cleveland), Sebastian Goldspink (NAS and Alaska Projects) and Joan Cameron-Smith (NAS), who also facilitates the whole workshop. 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 and avenues visual artists can use to support their practice. 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.

Jess Cook

Currently the Managing Director of 107 Projects in Redfern, Jess Cook is an experienced director skilled in non-profit organizations, improvisation, theatre, event management, and art direction. She holds a Bachelor Creative Arts focused in Visual and Performing Arts from Macquarie University.

Kelly Doley

Kelly Doley is an artist, curator and arts advocate based on Gadigal land (Sydney). She is mainly interested in performance, video and painting that looks at feminist and queer ways of being, looking and working. Doley is a founding member of artist collective Barbara Cleveland (with Diana Smith, Frances Barrett and Kate Blackmore) who she has worked with for over ten years. She is a dedicated and active member of the Sydney art community, initiating independent curatorial projects, exhibitions and festivals including Feminist South, JANIS, Cosmic Battle For Your Heart andas co-director for Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney’s longest running artist-led space. Doley was an artist in residence at Artspace, Sydney 2015/16 andcompleted the 2016/17 Australia Council Arts Leaders Program. Doley holds an undergraduate degree from the University of NSW Art & Design and a Masters of Visual Art from Sydney University. 

Sebastian Goldspink

Sebastian Goldspink is a Sydney-based independent Curator specialising in emerging art. In 2011, he opened the artist run space ALASKA projects as a platform to exhibit contemporary visual art in unused or disused spaces – since showcasing over 500 artists across 100 exhibitions. Goldspink has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally with exhibitions in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Christchurch. Goldspink is recognised as an alternate arts strategist working at the forefront of Australian curatorial practice, with professional appointments including the Biennale of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA), Art Month Sydney, Artspace and Dlux Media Arts. In 2013/14 he was appointed Guest Curator of the John Fries Memorial Prize, an annual non-acquisitive award recognising emerging and early career visual artists.

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.