Professional development for artists
  • Last updated:
  • 08 May 2021

From time to time council will provide a series of professional development opportunities. These are designed to help local creatives

  • grow and sustain their practice
  • improve business-skills
  • provide networking opportunities.

Current Opportunity

As new opportunities become available we will provide information here.

Curator Professional Development Program

This program will introduce participants to the fundamentals of curating, including different exhibition types/spaces, curating for a local context; and practical information about funding, transport, documentation, installation, promotion and public programming. Participants will utilise the learnings of the program and work collaboratively to conceptualise, develop and present an exhibition at the conclusion of the program.


Participants will be required to attend 7 x 1.5 hour sessions over a 7-week period between mid May and late June.

Most sessions will take place in Maroochydore, although there will be offsite visits to Caloundra Regional Gallery and USC Art Gallery. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

In addition, participants will be required to participate in exhibition installation, opening event and demount.

During the display period, participants will be required to sit the space for at least one day.

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Past opportunities:

See what has been offered previously - these may be offered again in the future.


Based on the studio practice of Sunshine Coast artist, Alison Mooney, DISrupt was a short course for artists of any discipline comfortable with the uncomfortable, so to speak. Featuring guest presenters, collaborations, destructions, concept development and an inhouse project by course end, ‘disrupt’ is an opportunity for artists to amplify the essence of why they make. Moving through 4 Sunshine Coast contemporary arts’ venues participants gain real time experience of these spaces for consideration in their projects.

The Path

The Path facilitated by Kellie O'Dempsey, both a workshop and mentorship that guided artists through the development and production of a series or body of work of their design. Including group workshops, individual consultations and framework application. Processes and frameworks were established and discuss practice, how and why it is made, the works meaning and its historical and contemporary relevance. This facilitated process assisted artists to prepare, strategise and design a professional path towards future projects and proposal delivery for exhibition or presentation of their work for the arts industry.

Professional Development day for public art artists

In partnership with Urban Art Projects (UAP), a full day program for artists to meet industry professionals working in a variety of aspects of Public Art development, including artists, designers, fabricators and curators in a unique professional development opportunity. The day consisted of a studio tour at UAP in Brisbane and discussion with industry professionals. The group traveled to QAG followed by an afternoon session with a unique opportunity to meet Robert Andrew, Lindy Lee and Backlash Creative for a presentation and Q&A and finishing off with gallery tour.

Artists were selected through a curatorial process to ensure the highest learning opportunity is provided for individuals and the group.

The best way to stay informed of these opportunities is to subscribe to the Artscoast E-newsletter.

These events will be listed on the What's On calendar