Sustainable Creative Careers: Approaches to Writing

The School of Art & Design is offering a free six-week online course focused on developing essential writing skills for artists. Good writing skills are needed for exhibition applications, grant applications, artist statements, social media and much much more!


Approaches to Writing – 6pm Tuesday 21 July

Proposals and Applications – 6pm Tuesday 4 August

Writing for the Web – 6pm Tuesday 18 August

Attend one session, or for maximum impact attend them all!


The art world can be a confusing and difficult space to navigate, especially when keeping pace with changing trends, expectations and technology.


Do you struggle writing your artist statement? Don’t know how to write a grant application? Get lost writing your exhibition proposal? We’re here to help!

Are you a Canberra-based recent graduate, an emerging artist, a mid-career artist or someone who would like to get a better understanding of what skills are needed to gain a place in the contemporary art world? Then this course is for you!


Approaches to Writing focusses on the following activities:

• Introduction - building writing skills as an artist and an overview on types of writing used by artists

• Discussion - facilitated discussion with participants including their experiences and questions

• Practical exercises - Self-reflection exercise - where you are at right now, what do you want to learn?

• Writing exercise - small group exercise as the groundwork for developing or updating an artist statement

• Discussion - outcomes of writing exercise, reflection and homework task


Sustainable Creative Careers: Approaches to Writing, Proposals and Applications, and Writing for the Web will be taught by Ellis Hutch, artist and educator. Ellis Hutch is a visual artist and lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art & Design. Ellis’s teaching interests span drawing, sculpture, installation, video and performance art, and art theory. She’s currently teaching in the Sculpture and Spatial Practice Workshop at the ANU School of Art & Design.


Sustainable Creative Careers is supported by artsACT

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