A series of six two-day workshops over the course of 2022, providing essential inspiration, skills and support for artists of all descriptions, who are forming, sustaining or rethinking their professional practice. Each workshop is stand-alone; commit to the whole program for a significant discount. Workshops happen on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm with lunch provided.

Cost: $300 per 2-day workshop or $1200 for the whole series of 6. Book your sessions here or read below for all the details.

Venue: Goods Shed Arts, 21 Kennedy Street, Castlemaine

In this workshop, you will develop your values and vision to create a foundation for your practice. That vision will be formed into a sound strategy that can sustain you, including looking at income streams and self-care. On day two we will explore the principles and practice of collaboration – working with others is an essential aspect of arts practice.

Facilitator: Lucy Mayes with guests Kate Stones, Bob and Heather McNaught

Collaboration Discussion Panel: David Hughes, Helen Mathwin

4-5 August, 10am-3pm

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Creating digital content is an essential skill for artists, whether it’s documenting your work or creating an online workshop, or providing ‘self-tape’ video auditions. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to refresh or create your own headshots with our professional photographers.

Facilitator: Leonie Van Eyk

11-12 August, 10am-3pm

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With your intimate connection to your practice, it can be challenging to select the material from your body of work that shows you at your best. This workshop will cover key editing principles and techniques for stills, video and sound. How to kill your darlings, without making too much of a mess!

15-16 September, 10am-3pm

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In this workshop, you will explore creating your own website with applications such as Square Space and WordPress. The workshop will cover the importance of understanding how to use Social Media effectively, combining different platforms, interacting online, and online safety.

Facilitator: Jess Grant

13-14 October, 10am-3pm

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Delivering workshops is an essential skill for artists who want to operate in the professional sphere. Many residences and touring opportunities require artists to deliver community workshops of some sort. It’s one thing to know your stuff, but different skills come into play when you create an engaging and rewarding learning experience for groups of all ages. Over the course of the workshop we will work together to create workshop plans based on your practice.

Facilitator: Kate Stones

3-4 November, 10am-3pm

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Get your head around the business and financial skills such as negotiating and contracting, doing a realistic budget, identifying funding opportunities, organising an auspice, making sure you get paid, invoicing, tax and legal issues. The pointy end!

1-2 December, 10am-3pm

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Book in for all six two-day workshops, providing essential inspiration, skills and support for artists who are forming, sustaining or rethinking their professional practice; commit to the whole program for $1200 (a saving of $600).


  • Workshop 1: Creative Visioning: Knowing yourself; working with others; planning to sustain your practice.
    August 4-5 10 am-3 pm
  • Workshop 2: Creating Digital Content 1 – Photography, video and audio
    August, 11-12 10 am-3 pm
  • Workshop 3: Creating Digital Content 2 – Editing Principles & Skills for Stills, Video and Sound.
    September, 15-16, 10 am – 3 pm 
  • Workshop 4: Your Online Presence 
    October, 13-14 , 10 am – 3 pm 
  • Workshop 5: Delivering Effective Workshops
    November 3-4, 10 am- 3 pm
  • Workshop 6: Business & Administrative Skills
    December 1-2, 10 am – 3pm