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Making Money Business - Business Skills for Aboriginal Artists

Aboriginal artists living in regional areas in NSW will have a further chance to build their business skills with a second round of RANSW workshops run by business adviser, David Sharpe.

Mr Sharpe developed the workshops, with RANSW in response to a need identified through a survey of Aboriginal artists who attended last year’s Black Arts Market for business skills including promotion, pricing, distribution and developing a business plan. The workshops are funded through the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund.

Mr Sharpe has worked as an arts manager and as an adviser on finance and business issues for arts organisations, gaining experience at the Australia Council for the Arts and Film Illawarra. He is also an active playwright, with a number of his plays produced by independent theatres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Artists attending the workshops in May and June in the Murray Arts, Orana Arts and Arts Northern Rivers regions rated the workshops ‘excellent’ particularly sessions on goals and strategies, developing a market stall and online sales.

One participant said the workshop content highlighted the important tools needed to create an ongoing business.

Following this positive feedback workshops will be run in another eight regional arts boards on the following dates:-

Eastern Riverina Arts    Wagga Wagga           Thurs, 29 October          10am – 3pm
Western Riverina Arts   Griffith                       Friday, 30 October        10am – 3pm
Arts Mid North Coast      Taree                          Wed,   4 November       10am – 3pm
Arts Upper Hunter           Muswellbrook          Thurs, 5 November       10am – 3pm
South East Arts                 Narooma                   Thurs, 12 November      10am – 3pm
Arts OutWest                      Orange                       Friday, 20 November    10am – 3pm
Arts North West                Moree                         Thurs, 26 November     10am – 3pm
Outback Arts                     Coonamble                Friday, 27 November     9am   – 2pm

For more information and to book a place contact the local Regional Arts Board via the Regional Arts Network page. 

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