Nigel Hewitt speaking at Winner artist talks, 2015. Photographer: Sue-Lyn MoyleProfessional Development Workshops

Looking for a refresher course, an introductory workshop or a more in-depth masterclass? We provide a tailored range of professional development workshops for visual artists.

Designed to develop the skills of professional artists to help support them in building sustainable careers, they will also help keep you connected with the wider visual arts community.

There is a fee for all members attending some Professional Development events to help offset the costs associated with running these events.

To receive discounted entry to our professional development events and to access our other artist services become a member.

Upcoming Professional Development Events

Stay tuned for more upcoming Artsource PD. If you have topic suggestions for future workshops, or would like to sponsor a future event, please contact us: or 08 9335 8366.


Alister Yiap, Fireflies, 2017. Photographer: Bewley Shaylor.Intro to Public Art Masterclass

Join experienced public artists, Alister Yiap and Rick Vermey, for this Introduction to Public Art Masterclass, tailored purposefully to the delivery of public art in Perth and throughout Western Australia.

Are you an artist interested in participating, or already practising public art? This introduction to the public art commissioning process, is designed to help you transition from a studio-based practice to one that incorporates and skillfully navigates public art and its processes.

Over two days of workshops, be guided through the various stages of delivering public artworks including site visits and one-on-one instruction. Alister Yiap, Rick Vermey and Artsource Art Consultants, Katherine Wilkinson and Paul Parin, focus on the preparation and delivery of professional concept and design, providing understanding of commission agreements, and discussing in-depth examples of the fabrication and installation stages.

Angela McHarrie, works in studio, 2017. Photographer: Christophe Canato

Work Life Balance: Financial literacy in a gig economy

Discover the money matters you didn't know you need to know in this workshop tailored to empowering artists and those working in creative industries at any stage of life or career, through an holistic approach to their financial future. 

This information session plus Q+, sponsored by Finsense financial advisers, Rob Storey and Andreas Aldrian, answers the questions you haven't yet thought to ask about your financial future, as well as offers an opportunity to have your personal questions answered. What is my financial situation? How important is superannuation for me right now? What will retirement look like when I am in my 60s? Will I be able to retire comfortably? What does personal insurance cover? What do I need to know about planning for my future? How do I maintain or improve my current lifestyle?

Event sponsors:

       Gage Roads Brewing Co

Jacinda Bayne, Prince Regent River Kimberley, 2015. HIF ArtLease collection. Photographer: Sue-Lyn Moyle

Art Collections WA: Realising their potential

Run in partnership by Artsource and ART ON THE MOVE, this professional development day is for local government art officers, or any person responsible for the care and stewardship of visual art collections. The first session will address collections in Western Australia, their relationships and affinities and their points of difference. The afternoon workshop sessions will focus on collection management and care. The day includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Art Outdoors, Materials and Construction with GCCMC

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (GCCMC) is the leading art conservation and restoration centre in Victoria and the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both commercial conservation services and training in cultural material conservation. GCCMC specialises in all areas of art restoration and museum standard conservation to institutions and private clients. This is a special opportunity to hear from skilled GCCMC conservators and gain specialty knowledge about the creation, care and management of outdoor artworks.

This workshop is for professional artists interested in technical material information about creating outdoor sculptures and installations. It will cover advice on material properties that inform an artist’s decisions about construction, design, wear, weathering, engineering and the proposed site in order to select the most appropriate materials. Processes and techniques will also be discussed that artists could use to preserve their artworks for longer or ensure that they can withstand prevailing conditions.

Grant Writing Information Session and Masterclass

Run in partnership with the Department of Culture and the Arts, this full day workshop encompasses an information session on the DCA grants program followed by a hands on masterclass offering direct assistance to mid career and senior artists in the grant writing process.

The morning session is open to all members and goes through the DCA grants available, the application process and offers some handy tips and tricks. The afternoon Masterclass is by application for mid-career and senior artists to discuss current and future projects and how they can be framed within grant requirements. This session offers direct feedback and assistance in the grant writing process within a small group of peers.

This workshop is supported by the Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts.

Department of Culture and the Arts

Feminism and Art: Networking and presentation workshop

Visiting Professor, Anne Marsh, from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, is conducting a large scale Australian Research Council (ARC) research and publication project: Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970. Anne Marsh introduced her ARC project and explained its outcomes, publications, residency program and symposium opportunities. Participants were invited to talk about their work with accompanying presentation. This workshop is run in partnership with UWA Cultural Precinct.

UWA Cultural Precinct

Professionally photograph your artwork

This free workshop for Artsource members, talks you through using your own DSLR camera to take professional photographic documentation of your artworks with the help of artist and photographer Eva Fernandez. Your new skills built upon with a demonstration of Adobe Photoshop to manage your image files, including basic image processing resizing, colour correcting and retouching to get files ready for print and web.

Australian Cultural Fund Information Session

If you are interested in fundraising but not sure where to start, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what’s involved in running a fundraising campaign for your project through The Australian Cultural Fund (ACF), a fundraising platform for Australian artists. Esther Gyorki, the ACF’s fundraising specialist, takes you through the key dos and don'ts and shows you the best ways to engage with donors and maintain relationships with them during your current project and throughout your career. By the end of the session you’ll walk away knowing what you need before you start, what makes a successful campaign and how to implement it. Whether you’re an experienced fundraiser or just getting started, the Australian Cultural Fund can help.

About the ACF:
The ACF is a dedicated fundraising platform for Australian artists and arts organisations. It has helped to raise more than $18million dollars for Australian artists, allowing them to share their stories, passion and creativity around Australia and the world. Whether you’re an experienced fundraiser or just getting started, we’re here to help artists create and art lovers donate.

This event is a partnership between The Australian Cultural Fund, Artsource, The Department of Culture and the Arts and The Blue Room Theatre.

Australian Cultural Fund Information Session

Professional presentation workshop

Develop your professional artist portfolio and CV with guidance from Louise Dickmann; a fellow artist and lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE. During this half-day workshop, she teaches the essentials for presenting your arts practice to industry standard: from the crucial selection of portfolio images to developing a sharp artist statement and engaging biography.

Broome Public Art Masterclass

This two-day Masterclass designed as an introduction to public art, assists artists in making the transition from a studio-based practice to one that incorporates public art. Public Art Consultant Beverley Iles, Artist Phil Gamblen, and Artsource Art Consultant Katherine Wilkinson, guide participants through the various stages of delivering public artworks, with a specific focus on preparing and delivering a professional concept, understanding commission agreements and an introduction to delivering design documentation. The Masterclass is tailored purposely to the Shire of Broome and includes site visits and one-on-one instruction.

Day 1: Intro. to Public Art + Concept Development
Participants receive a broad introduction to public art in relation to the Shire of Broome’s Policies and Strategic Development. Participants are guided through developing, preparing and delivering Public Art concepts, with the afternoon dedicated to a site-specific analysis of key potential sites for Public Art in Broome.

Day 2: Contracts, Design Documentation, Fabrication + Installation
The day focuses on the intricacies and key considerations of design documentation, fabrication and installation. The closing afternoon gave opportunity for one-on-one feedback and small group workshops.

Online Artist Gallery:

The Artsource Gallery is a showcase for WA artists and their work. This database is the most popular part of our website attracting thousands of page views. Artsource MAX and PLUS members are able to create your their artist profile page on the Artsource website. At this session, our members receive a hands-on workshop learning how to add images, an artist statement, biographical information and contact details to create and maintain their online profile.

With over 4,000 new hits a month and a new comprehensive search function being built on our website, is becoming the online destination for visual arts in WA.

If you need help to improve an existing profile, want to set one up, know more about the process, or if you haven't even started yet, this workshop is for you. In the meantime, click here for guidelines on how best to prepare your artist statement and biography for your online profile.

Fabricating in Foam

Wintech Engineering, Foam Shapers + Autronics opened their factory for a unique one-day only event, presenting tours and technical demonstrations of the possibilities their foam contour cutting machines, robotics and 3D modeling capabilities hold for artists. Sharing their knowledge and experience of fabricating in foam were WA artists, Stelarc and Erin Coates, alongside the Wintech engineers. A light lunch will be provided.

Focus Group for Members

Thank you for your help in planning our services for members in 2017. We appreciate your input on the professional development workshops and events for 2017 and were glad for the chance to chat with a range of ACCESS, PLUS and MAX members.

Public Art Masterclass 3: Fabrication and Completion

This masterclass details what goes into the 50% Fabrication Report, typical pitfalls of the installation process and how to complete a project with a comprehensive Maintenance Manual. It offers professional advice from experienced public artists including Marc Abonnel, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and Phil Gamblen as well as one of Perth’s most successful public art consultants, Maggie Baxter.

Session 1: 50% Fabrication

We visited Marc Abonnel and public artists Geoffrey Drake-Brockman in their Fremantle studios and talked through a fabrication process and the general items to consider when preparing to install a public artwork. The session concluded with a visit to artwork fabricator Evolution Commercial who work with a range of different materials.

Session 2: Installation + Completion

Public Art Consultant Maggie Baxter and Artist Phil Gamblen guided participants through typical problems of an install (including what happens in case of delays, site inductions, white cards, additional costs, liability period of the artist) as well as through the process of delivering a Maintenance Manual.

ONE-ON-ONE: Real Artists, Real World, Real Jobs. 

Tanya Schultz, Pip and Pop, Journey in a Dream 2015 Shinsegae Gallery, Korea. Photographer: Park MyungraePractical one on one career advice for those looking for the next step, wanting advice and direction, or wanting to build professional networks. Members met with experienced artists for some one-one-one time with them, to find out about how each artist got to where they are and receive advice on their own practice and direction. The following artist advisors offered their expertise:

Mentorships: Olga Cironis is a Greek/Australian multidisciplinary artist with a Masters in Visual Arts from SCA Sydney University 1996. In her art practice Olga explores the impact of history on personal and collective identity.

Public Art: Rick Vermey is an accomplished contemporary artist, based in Perth, WA. He uses traditional and digital media tools, in a wide-ranging visual art practice that incorporates print, photography, painting, sculpture and public artworks.

Grants & Funding: Rebecca Baumann has shown her work both across Australia and internationally, in exhibitions including: Color Fields, MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston (2015); Once More With Feeling, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ (2014); Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong (2014).

Working with Artist Run Initiatives: Tom Mùller
Mùller’s thought-provoking practice offers vantage points from which to imagine optimistically better futures. His diagrams and graphs create rhythms in the chaos and suggest the emergence of other worlds and alternate horizons.

Galleries and representation: Lucy Griggs is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane and has exhibited in various solo and group shows nationally such as Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 2015; Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, UQ Art Museum 2014; The Nature of Things, Milani Gallery 2013; Ex post triennial, QUT Art Museum 2012.

Residencies & working internationally: Tanya Schultz works as Pip & Pop to create immersive installations and artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and all sorts of objects she finds on her travels. She has exhibited her work throughout Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

Regional and Indigenous engagement: Sohan Ariel Hayes is currently delivering a pair of major public artworks using interactive projection in the Old Treasury precinct. The works have been created with well-respected Wadjuk visual artist and performer Barry McGuire.

Community and public programs: Sarah Nelson is an actor, physical performer and creator of multidisciplinary projects, working across theatre, performance installation, film and community arts. Sarah is creator of the award winning film portraiture project Mobile Moments (Marsh Art, Proximity Festival, The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights).

Image: Britt Salt, interior sculpture, The Shipping Lane Bar & Restaurant, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist.Expert law & contract advice at the fraction of the cost of a consultation, with a discounted rate for Artsource members.

In Public Art Masterclass 2 have all your public art questions answered and get answers to questions you didn't know you needed to know: Find out what a fixed-term lump sum is, decipher variations to contract and discuss what practical completion really means. Receive practical advice: Preempt what to do if the commissioner drills bracket holes in the wrong place; acquire handy negotiating skills for that deadline extension and see things from a new perspective to get inside the heads of the stakeholders and successfully pitch that perfect presentation to the panel.

Public Art Masterclass 2 assists participants in understanding and negotiating standard public art contracts as well as what goes into proper design documentation. This is an excellent opportunity to receive expert advice from a lawyer at the fraction of the cost of a consultation.

Session 1: Contracts Principle lawyer at Wrays, Marie Wong, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered trade marks attorney. She shares her experience in the protection of intellectual property and copyright and designs for creative industry.  Marie Mills, Principle of the public relations agency Mills Wilson, provides advice and tips on the negotiation of contracts and for communications such as social marketing, event management and stakeholder management. Open question time will be available to ensure participants make the most of this opportunity to receive professional advice.

Session 2: Design Documentation provides a hands on workshop to develop design documentation for a mock public art project. Experienced public artist and previous Scitech artist-in-residence, Phillip Gamblen, facilitates group work and offers insight into how to submit a successful proposal. 

If you were unable to attend Public Art Masterclass 2 but would like to purchase the course notes, please contact or call (08) 9335 8366.


Thank you for an excellent workshop. I have found this whole public art series to be extremely helpful and very informative so kudos to you and your team.
Kirsten Hocking, Visual Artist

Tax, GST and Business Basics for Artists

This workshop covers the necessary requirements every professional artists needs to know about record keeping and accounting to manage their business. Keeping things simple ensures that you meet your Tax and GST obligations with the minimum of effort. This workshop cover things such as basic bookkeeping methods, creating Tax Invoices, how to work out the GST on gallery sales and commissions, and whether you need to be registered for GST.

Public Art Masterclass: Concept Presentation and Development

This Masterclass is the first of a three part series in 2015 aimed at assisting artists interested in participating, or already practicing, public art with three areas of completing a public art project. The purpose of the first three-session Masterclass will be assist participants in formulating a thorough response to an artist brief as well as preparing and delivering a professional concept. 

Over three separate sessions, participants attended an introduction session, discussed the design brief and visit the site, Shipping Lane Bar, Leighton Beach. Participants also pitched their concept in a formal presentation session in front of an expert panel and received formal written and individual feedback from the panel and peer review.

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Artsource provides a range of professional development and networking events for visual artists. These events are designed to upskill professional artists, to support them in building sustainable careers and to keep them connected with the wider visual arts community. - See more at:

Artsource provides a range of professional development and networking events for visual artists. These events are designed to upskill professional artists, to support them in building sustainable careers and to keep them connected with the wider visual arts community. - See more at: