The Artists Toolkit program supports ACT-based artists to develop and maintain sustainable, fulfilling careers in the arts. We offer open public workshops, small group workshops, and one-on-one Toolkit Chats with a member of A+G’s creative team. Workshop topics include grant writing tips and opportunities, marketing and branding and developing meaningful community connections. This program prioritises artists who identify as LGBTIQ+, haved lived experience of disability or mental health issues, are under the age of 25 and/or are from a culturally or linguistically diverse background.


The Artists Toolkit is designed to up-skill and mentor people with a creative practice through workshops and one-on-one Toolkit Chats.

Here you will find the resources featured in our workshop series as part of our 2020 Program.

Workshop 1. Writing Grant Proposals with Adelaide Rief

Are you applying for an artsACT grant? Is it making your head spin? Do you just need someone to bounce ideas off? Take a look at the resources below from our grant writing support session specifically designed to help artists preparing applications for artsACT’s Arts Activities Grants.

  • Grant Writing Guide (PDF and DOCX)

Workshop 2. Visual thinking with Sarah Firth

Why do you what you do? What are you working towards? What does success look like to you? If you are asking any of these questions then join acclaimed artist, writer and graphic recorder Sarah Firth in this second Artists Toolkit workshop! In this two-hour session explore Sarah’s experience, methods and visual thinking tools that help her maintain her creative business and practice.

Workshop 3. Centrelink Support for Artists with Sophie Trevitt

The government announcements about social security payments during COVID-19 have been coming thick and fast leaving lots of artists and creatives confused about what they may be eligible for, and how to apply. For this session of A+G’s Artist Toolkit Canberra based community lawyer Sophie Trevitt will be answering your questions and explaining how to navigate Centrelink and government support.

Workshop 4. Accounting, Tax and Finance admin with Peter Bayliss

Arts accountant Peter Bayliss from Into Tomorrow tells us how artists can gain clarity on what is required to prepare their finances for accessing the Job Keeper and Job Seeker payments, as well as guidance on some basic budgeting/cash flow principles, record-keeping and the various taxes including Income Tax, GST and PAYG.

Workshop 5. Futuring for the Arts 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 6. Grant Writing with Adelaide Rief

Are you applying for an artsACT grant? Is it making your head spin? Join Adelaide Rief in this Q+A as she breaks down the secrets to applying for ACT Government grants.