The 2020 Artists Toolkit program empowered ACT-based artists by providing workshops, shared studio spaces and one-on-one chats regarding Canberra’s vibrant scene. Our diverse offerings included grant writing, marketing and community engagement, with a focus on inclusivity for LGBTIQ+, disabled, young and culturally diverse artists.

On this page are the resources from the 2020 program. If you are interested in Canberra’s art network, experimenting in shared spaces and showcasing your work in our artist-friendly galleries, you might find some, if not all of them, useful.

Workshop No. 1
Grant Writing with Adelaide Rief

Navigating artsACT grant applications in Canberra? Below are resources for Arts Activities Grants applications.

  • Grant Writing Guide (pdfdocx)

Workshop No. 2
Visual Thinking with Sarah Firth

Why do you what you do? What are you working towards? What does success look like to you?

Below is a two-hour session with acclaimed artist, writer and graphic recorder Sarah Firth in which she explores the experiences, methods and visual thinking tools that have helped her maintain her creative business and practice. Don’t miss the workbook below the video.

Workshop No. 3
Centrelink Support with Sophie Trevitt

In response to COVID-19, Ainslie+Gorman offered a crucial session for Canberra’s artists and creatives for navigating social security and government support with community lawyer Sophie Trevitt.

  • Centrelink Support Workshop Transcript (pdfdocx)

Workshop No. 4
Accounting, Tax and Finance Admin with Peter Bayliss

Peter Bayliss, from Into Tomorrow, guides artists on navigating finances for Job Keeper and Job Seeker payments. Get expert advice on budgeting, cash flow, record-keeping and relevant taxes (e.g. income tax, GST and PAYG) for an artist in Canberra.

  • Finance Workshop Transcript (pdf / doc)

Workshop No. 5
Arts Futuring with Clare Cooper

Artist and interdisciplinary designer Clare Cooper investigates the practice of futuring and what that means for envisioning the arts many years from now.

Workshop No. 6
Grant Writing with Adelaide Rief

Navigating artsACT grant applications in Canberra? Join Adelaide Rief in this Q+A as she breaks down the secrets to applying for ACT Government grants.