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Important lesson for artists

Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

By Stefan Delatovic

Local artists have the chance to learn an important lesson today - how to get money.

The ArtSmart series of business events has sought to provide local artists of all stripes with knowledge of the business side of their vocation. Today's event focuses on funding opportunities and how to obtain grant funding. The seminar - "Getting some money to develop my work" - will be hosted by Ben Sibson, funding officer for NSW Regional Arts. It seeks to help artists source and manage funding and to write applications. The seminar is the eighth ArtSmart event, which are funded through the Far Western Regional Development Board in partnership with the NSW Government and West Darling Arts. Chairman of the Far Western Regional Development Board, Neville Gasmier, said ArtSmart had been developed in response to a call from local artists. "They told us they needed business training and that's what ArtSmart is about," he said. "What's really great about the program is that it's specifically targeted to the arts and cultural industry so it covers a range of business topics but with a tailored approach." Ellenor Day, FWRDB Executive Officer, said the program has been running since July 2008. Topics covered include business planning, money matters, marketing and arts law and intellectual property. "Feedback to date has been great and there's been a great mix of people attending the workshops - from visual artists and craftspeople to writers and poets," said Ms Day. People interested in registering for the event can contact the Far Western Regional Development Board on (08) 8088 0104. The cost is $10 Local artist Deirdre Edwards said the workshops had been valuable. "As they go along they've been filling gaps in artists' knowledge about the opportunities available," she said. "A lot of what was covered I did know, but it took me 20 years to learn." Ms Edwards was thankful for the recognition of NSW Arts and the attention it was paying to the city. She said information on marketing, both as an artist and under the wider Broken Hill brand, to be particularly valuable.

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