Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finding New Ways

Guinea Fowl by Rita Case, 2012,
part of the Interweave Arts
Studio Program 
It is great to see courses being offered to assist artists who need a little help with financial management, marketing and product development. Most of this is focused on up-skilling the individual who is making the work. Of course, there is always a need for this, but I have found that there is also a desperate need for coaching artists who do and do not want to go commercial. Making art can be a very isolated experience. Sometimes that is exactly what is needed. But I have found many artists really value talking to someone who isn’t a relative, fellow artist or friend; someone with an objective eye and voice. It is a privilege to be trusted enough to work with such individuals.
Some of the most inspiring individuals I have worked with in the last couple of years are the team from Interweave Arts; Kim, James, Jay, Judy and Graham. They have been committed to working with artists who have a disability and have teamed up with the Tasmanian Polytechnic and other organisations to produce some amazing community arts projects including Paiste Your Face, I Stand Corrected and a showcase of work exhibited at Alanvale Campus titled, Counting on Art. This is an organisation that really deserves to be supported.

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