Think Outside the Studio

Murray Arts in conjunction with City of Wodonga presents Smart Arts, a series of FREE professional development workshops for artists and the greater community.


Learn how to pitch your creative endeavours with Ben Gilbert, break down how to write your artist's bio with Jacqui Durrant and make that arts project happen with Alyce Fisher.


Pitch Perfect: How to pitch your ideas
With Ben Gilbert
Thursday, 28 March - 2:30-5:00pm


Make A Statement: How to write your Artist Statement
With Jacqui Durrant
Wednesday, 3 April - 5:00-7:30pm


Show Me the Money: Arts Grants writing #101
With Alyce Fisher
Saturday, 13 April - 10:00am-12:00pm


The workshops are FREE, suited to all creative disciplines but registrations are essential.


Book here: Pitch Perfect: How to pitch your ideas | Make A Statement: How to write your Artist Statement | Show Me the Money: Arts Grants writing #101.





Ben Gilbert
Working form an old sawmill site in Yackandandah - North East VIC, Ben directs the Agency of Sculpture – producing civic sculptures, custom architectural elements and sculptural play-spaces. Growing up with a shed full of tools, building strange cubbies and exploring wilderness laid the foundations for studies in furniture design + sculpture at the University of Tasmania and then the mysterious Baltic country of Estonia. Ben's career highlights include suppling a helicopter gunship/whale to Princess Mary and being featured on Grand Designs Australia 2015 with Sawmill House - which won AIA awards.



Jacqui Durrant
Dr Jacqui Durrant is a visual arts writer and historian, and has published with Art Monthly Australasia, Art Asia Pacific, Artlink, and Australian Artist, and has written exhibition essays for MAMA, Wodonga Arts Space and Macquarie University Art Gallery. Based in Beechworth, she has a strong interest in Australian Indigenous art, history and issues.



Alyce Fisher
Alyce Fisher, the Executive Director of Murray Arts will facilitate the workshop presentation and guide your artistic ideas in the direction of the resources you may require. Alyce is passionate about arming our region's artists and organisations with the right tools to secure funding for their creative project dreams.






Pitch Perfect: How to pitch your ideas
With Ben Gilbert

Ever looked at an Expression of Interest outline and not known where to start? Want to learn how to pitch your creative endeavours? Well then this is the workshop is a must for you. Learn how to respond to an open Expression of Interest and how to lock in jobs with a multi-disciplinary focus. Delivered as a speed dating session where participants pitch/discuss their ideas and then followed up with a forum where Sculptor Ben Gilbert discusses various projects he has been involved in and his numerous success and failures.

WHEN Thursday, 28 March
TIME 2:30pm-3:30pm Speed Dating - 3:30pm: ½ hour Networking Break - 4pm-5pm Forum
WHERE The Cube Wodonga


Make A Statement: How to write your Artist Statement
With Jacqui Durrant

This workshop will teach you how to write your artist's bio. After addressing a series of intimate questions about you and your artistic practice, we will workshop the impossible task of actually describing yourself and your art, and how to do it without feeling like a fraud. Technical writing issues, including tailoring your bio to your audience, and structuring and editing the final product, will also be covered.

WHEN Wednesday, 3 April
TIME 5:00pm informal networking and nibbles - 5:30pm start -7:30pm
WHERE Wodonga Library


Show Me the Money: Art grant writing #101
With Alyce Fisher

So, you have an Arts based project idea and think some $$$ would be handy to make it happen. Learn about the many arts funding opportunities, fleshing out your project ideas, developing your budget and lots of general grant writing tips.

WHEN Saturday, 13 April
TIME 10:00am-12:00pm
WHERE Arts Space Wodonga


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