FREE TRAINING: Members from the Monto Art Group taking part in Allan Honor's workshop. Picture: Contributed.
FREE TRAINING: Members from the Monto Art Group taking part in Allan Honor's workshop. Picture: Contributed.

Central Queensland artists to become business savvy

LIKE many industries, the arts has been greatly impacted by the pandemic.

A workshop program has launched to bring vital business thinking to visual artists and makers based in Central Queensland.

CQ Shopfront is a two-year project developed by Shelley Pisani from The Ideas Distillery.

With government funding, the project is offering free access to workshops, mentoring and projects that will help Central Queensland artists and makers to build sustainable business models and commercially viable products.

Creative producer Shelley Pisani said this project evolved out of years of conversations with artists and cultural workers across Central Queensland.

“These conversations have highlighted the great talent there is in our broader region, but there is a need for business thinking,” Ms Pisani said.

“We want artists to think outside their immediate community and develop new markets for their products.”

In partnership with Flying Arts Alliance and their tutor, Toowoomba artist Katie Whyte, a free eight week online workshop has been developed to help establish business plans and develop products with examples drawn from all over Queensland.

Bundaberg artist Katie Whyte said she appreciates the challenges and opportunities artists face in establishing themselves in the market.

“I see great potential in the participants signing up to this project and look forward to mentoring them through the process,” Mrs Whyte said.

Artists based in the Central Queensland region from the Fraser Coast in the south to Mackay Region in the North and west to Biloela and Monto are encouraged to sign up to the workshops online at The Ideas Distillery’s website here.


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