Navigate your arts practice with the COMPASS Short Course

Navigate your arts practice with the COMPASS Short Course

Regional Arts WA

This story was submitted by a member of the regional arts sector: Joo Tan, The Junction Co. We love sharing stories from the sector. If you want to find out how to submit your own stories, take a look at the submit your story page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Registrations are now open for The Junction Co.’s COMPASS Creative Practitioner Short Course, a holistic program aimed at developing regional artistic practices, providing a platform for conversation and professional development.

COMPASS is designed for all regional creative practitioners looking to elevate their practice and learn from industry professionals. The course focuses on identifying critical areas that form a more holistic and intentional artistic practice outside of creating. It is an excellent opportunity for regional creative practitioners to network and build connections with fellow industry peers. COMPASS features six presenters, each of them equipped with vast experiences and knowledge to share. The course will be presented and shared online, making it accessible to artists in all regions.

COMPASS Poster reading: Take your artistic practice to the next level with Compass, a creative practioner development short course designed to assist you in building your professional development as a regional artist. Start Date 09/03/2022

Modules 1 to 3 focus on developing a creative framework that effectively guides regional artists in their practice including:

  • Identify the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being a regional artist, learn how to articulate your goals, and develop your style and voice with Jacky Cheng 
  • Build on your awareness of First Nations culture and history, and learn how to use these frameworks to inform your creative decision making with Regional Arts WA’s very own Shandell Cummings
  • Learn how to identify your art and its place in its regional landscape with Erin Coates

After a break, Modules 4 to 6 guide artists in taking steps to articulate and strategically organise their practice:

  • Better articulate and talk about your practice with Dr Shona Erskine
  • Learn how to build networks, understand the professional artist/practitioner landscape and be leaderful in your creative community with Fiona Sinclair
  • Develop the tricks and tools to put processes into place for a well organised and successful practice with Sandra Murray

Valeria Scoponi, Gallery Manager of the Courthouse Gallery+Studio (currently managed by The Junction Co.) says the course will help equip creative practitioners with tools to cultivate professional networks and foster connections to establish their place within their artistic community.

Four women stand in front of a mural Image: Opening of Radius 4.0, The Junction Co.’s emerging program, featuring the artists of the group exhibition. Supplied by the Junction Co.

“Artists are encouraged to have open conversations, share the ins and outs of their practice with others, inspiring new contributions towards the vibrant and diverse creative landscape in WA. Understanding that each artist’s journey is unique and different, COMPASS’ aim is not to provide step-by-step plans to grow their practices. Instead, the course hopes to inspire creatives to confidently navigate the next level of their artistic career in ways that are unique to each artist’s goals and interests.”

COMPASS includes six online modules with industry professionals, exclusive web page, course materials and recordings. The modules are held on Wednesday nights, 6:30PM – 8:00PM, starting 26 October. COMPASS Modules can be purchased individually or as a full course for better value.

More information and bookings via The Junction Co.


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