Backing Yourself As An Artist special guest lecturer Megan Fizell, senior manager at MAY SPACE, presents a talk about her experiences as curator and manager with practical tips for artists and makers approaching galleries.
Image: reminiSCENT, curated by Megan Fizell at MAY SPACE 2018.

Backing Yourself As An Artist: Professional Development Short Course

Supported By Northern Beaches Council Cultural Grant


Saturday 9 March, 16 March, 23 March, 30 March, 10.30am-1.30pm


As visual artists and craftspeople we occasionally need a boost to deepen our resilience and ability to sustain our art/craft practice. Celebrate ART MONTH at Eramboo and join your fellow artists, makers and creatives for Backing Yourself As An Artist, 9-30 March. This short professional development course presents strategies for artists and makers to reach a higher level of engagement and exchange of ideas.  Invest some time and effort into moving forward with your creative career.

The course aims to encourage creative exchange and support among Northern Beaches visual arts and craftspeople. This is a course with lectures, discussion and information exchanges to help you play an active role in building and nurturing your art practice. There will be homework!

We will be covering such topics as: How to invest in yourself with time, money and networking. How to set yourself up as a small business. How to approach a gallery. Also How to research for your work, and deal with copyright laws when your work is presented on social media. Please see Course Outline below.

This professional development initiative is an artist/craftsperson focused forum that will be an ongoing interchange over four weeks at a professional level.

Possible outcomes for participants include:
A booked exhibition, a residency, a prize entry, better studio access, improved social media presence and more creative opportunities!


Cost: $80.00 for full course, four sessions
Supported by Northern Beaches Council Cultural Development Grant

When: Four Saturdays, 10.30am - 1.30pm 
9 March, 16 March, 23 March, 30 March

Bookings: Eventbrite

Please note: Limited spaces are available.


Image: Artist Ingrid Bowen with Understory, watercolour and acrylic triptych. Ingrid will share her experiences of Backing herself as a professional artist, exhibiting at commercial galleries, being part of PAT and much more!


COURSE OUTLINE: Backing Yourself As An Artist

WEEK ONE: 9 March
An overview, including experiences in approaching galleries with advice from guest speaker and manager in the commercial gallery field, Megan Fizell.

WEEK TWO: 16 March
The development of artist’s CVs, artist statements and verbal and visual presentations on how to present your work. Guest lecturers artists Susan O'Doherty and Peter O'Doherty.

WEEK THREE: 23 March
Discussion about websites, social media, copyright laws, setting up as a small business, selling strategies.

WEEK FOUR: 30 March
Propose a business plan, having assembled a body of quality work and used professional photography to promote and publicise.



web-banner-Odoherty-FEB2019.gifImage: From left, detail Susan O'Doherty, You Can't Take Me With You, mixed media, Peter O'Doherty Blue Mountains Blue Fibro, Susan O'Doherty, Black and White Cat Dress, Peter O'Doherty, Blonde Chair, acrylic on canvas.     

Guest lecturers Peter O'Doherty and Susan O'Doherty, established artists, share their tips and knowledge on how to present and discuss your work as an artist or maker.