Portfolio Project: setting deadlines, unearthing archives and networking with some amazing creatives.
Tracey and Maryanne have been talking for a long time about the need for this kind this project: something to help artists and creatives understand what is needed in terms of CV, portfolios, photo selections and artist statements, whether that be for funding applications, approaching galleries or explaining yourself online.
We also know that artists – including ourselves – are time poor and not always fond on ‘admin’ jobs. We’re the first to confess that our head shots are WAY out of date (but oh, how young we look).
Our Portfolio Project workshops took us to Cowra, Lithgow, Wellington, Parkes, Bathurst and Orange. We were wowed by the huge – and quick – response from creatives around the region to the workshops.
We’ve met visual artists (of all kinds – sculptors, printmakers photogtapher, painters, ceramic artists, installation artists and many who cross over mediums), theatre makers, textile designers, a interior decorators of PCs (!), upholsterors,
The workshops have been some pretty packed days and we have to confess that we wern’t really sure how uit would all work, how much we’d get in, so it’s been pleasing, if not a little exhausting.
Some of the things we’ve been looking at include:
- The types of materials needed for a portfolio ‘suite’: the CV, bio, artist statement, work examples etc;
- Doing skills and expereince audits + audits of the portfolio materials already at hand;
- Helping artists decide who, what and how they want to present themselves;
- Looking at taking photos, saving files for sending, putting photos together into a package;
- Questions and answers around technology choices: DIY websites, custom made sites, social media blogs and managing it all.
We’ve also had all the participants set themselves goals – and tell us what they are so we can give them a nudge to make sure they’re putting in the time.
We’ve also made ourselves available to trouble shoot and help out and been a test audience for the portfoilos they make.
So, how’s your portfolio looking?
If you’d like to access the resources from the workshop you’ll find many of them on the project blog.