Professional development for artists series


  • Date09 October 2019 - 22 April 2020
  • Time5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • LocationSunCentral
  • Price Free

This program delivers a series of four industry skills development workshops. Curated by council's Creative Arts team they run throughout 2019-20.

Each session will include guest speakers. Artists have a chance to 'speed date' other local creatives and 'pick the brains' of subject area experts.

Registration required- light refreshments included.

Money for art - Wednesday 9 October

Register to attend

This first session of the series will cover:

  • funding
  • sponsorship
  • partnerships and how to strengthen your applications
  • EOI’s and proposals.

Representatives from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Creative Partnerships Australia as well as some of councils leaders in sponsorship, partnerships and grants will be present. 

The Refinery presents IDEATE  - Wednesday 27 November

Registration available shortly

All successful creative enterprises start with a good idea.

Join us for Ideate, presented by The Refinery. Ideate will deliver:

  • inspiration, strategies and techniques
  • provide clarity and direction.

This will help identify your winning idea and take it to the next level.

Ideate is for people with a concept, thought starter or territory being considered for a creative business. You may also be interested if considering applying for The Refinery Creative Incubator.

Art in public places - Wednesday 12 February 2020

Registration available shortly

Hear from industry professionals and discover the 'ins and outs' of developing art in public spaces. Learn how to respond to Public Art briefs and prepare your submission to optimise your success.

This workshop will also guide you through:

  • health and safety requirements
  • commissioning agreements
  • project management
  • troubleshooting the unexpected. 

Marketing your art - Wednesday 22 April 2020

Registration available shortly

Artists, gallery curators and marketing professionals will discuss how to promote your art.

This masterclass will help propel your art into the public eye. You will cover: 

  • social media best practices
  • curating content
  • creating online portfolios
  • building websites and online stores
  • writing artist statements
  • entering art prizes.


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