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

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.

Information session:
The morning session is open to all members and will go through the DCA grants available, the application process and offer 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.

What to bring: Masterclass attendees are required to attend the information session beforehand and bring along project material to work on for a grant application and to submit a draft for feedback after the session. Lunch and afternoon tea is provided for Masterclass participants, please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Registrations: This workshop is for Artsource members only. Please register for either the Information Session only, or the Information Session & Masterclass. The Masterclass is by application and places are limited. If you register for the Masterclass you will need to supply an artist statement, CV, link to your artist website or five images and a brief outline of what advice you are seeking from the DCA to

  • When: 10.00am to 12noon OR 10.00am to 2.00pm, 29 April 2017
  • Where: Level 1, King Street Art Centre, 357 to 362 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Cost: FREE for Artsource members
  • Register: CLICK HERE

* The masterclass is at capacity, please register for the Information Session then email to be added to the Masterclass waiting list

Eventbrite - Grant Writing Information Session and Masterclass

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 was 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 $18 million 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, assisted 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, guided 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 will be tailored purposely to the Shire of Broome and include site visits and one-on-one instruction.

Day 1: Intro. to Public Art + Concept Development
Participants received a broad introduction to public art in relation to the Shire of Broome’s Policies and Strategic Development. Participants were 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 focused 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 had 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: