Practice 101


PRACTICE 101 is Arts Northern Rivers’ annual professional development program, delivered online and across the region. This series is designed for artists and art-workers looking for additional support in their creative careers.

Free workshops and information sessions are available across a range of topics including:

Grant Writing – arts funding and support for creative projects
Festival Commissioning – insights into how to get your worked programmed in Festivals
Accessibility – common barriers & best practice for access in the arts
Marketing & Social Media [First Nations] – self profiling and building an artist brand
Marketing & Social Media – self profiling and building an artist brand
Finance Basics – systems for self-organised book keeping
Working with Galleries – exhibiting your work in and outside of the regions
Digital Art [First Nations] – processes for making your work digital
Sponsorship Models – brand alignment, audience connection and sustainable relationships

Branding by Marguerite Moloney

PRACTICE 101 has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.


Upcoming Sessions | 2024

Past Sessions | 2023

Working with Galleries

Facilitated by Grafton Regional Director, Sarah Gurich, this session designed for early-career visual artists will detail how to self-profile and present your work for exhibitions.

Tuesday 12 Sep, 10am-12pm

Tweed Regional Gallery

First Nations Arts Law

Facilitated by Arts Law and Artists in the Black, this session will talk about what rights First Nations artists, creators and cultural practitioners have and how to protect them.

Wed 30 Aug, 10-12

YWCA Australia, Goonellabah

Arts Law

Thinking about contracts, copyright and licensing can be intimidating. This session will take you through the tricky legal issues that affect your practice so you can focus on making art.

Thu 31 Aug, 10-12

Brunswick Picture House

Public Art

Facilitated by Deborah McCormick (NZ), this session positions public art as an essential building block for a thriving community.

Saturday 1 July, 10am-1pm

Elevator ARI


Facilitated by Penelope Benton, this online information session offers an introduction to liability and insurance policy.

Thursday 22 June, 12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Data Culture

This session is an introduction to evaluation practice in the arts with researcher Tandi Palmer Williams from Patternmakers.

Tuesday 30 May 10-11:30am

Online via Zoom

Profile Basics

The session will provide support with writing an artist statement, biography and CV and is for all art forms facilitated by Paul Shields.

Wednesday 5 April 3-5pm

Grafton Regional Gallery

Project Planning

The session will present an array of basic fundamental tools to help understand the complexity and fascinating phenomenon of creative project planning.

Thursday 30 March 10am-12pm

Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre

Mid-Career Intensive

Join Arts Northern Rivers for a professional development workshop facilitated by internationally
acclaimed artist, Karla Dickens.

Thu 26 Oct, 10-2pm

Ewingsdale Hall

Grants & Funding

An introduction to arts funding and a step by step process for starting a grant

Festival Commissioning

Insights into how to get your worked programmed in Festivals with Hannah Fox (RISING Festival) & Rosie Dennis (BLEACH*, Big City Lights)


Resources from the above sessions will be listed here when available.

Project Planning
Data Culture
Public Art
Arts Law
Working with Galleries
Grants and Funding

Please note: the funding opportunities resource is designed to be a reference only. Please refer to the relevant funding body for more information.

Stay tuned for more updates.