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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
12 week course of business and industry skills for creatives
In brief:
  • 12 x 1.5 hour online sessions, delivered weekly, online
  • Delivered by industry experts and Arts OutWest staff
  • A reward for those who complete the full course
  • Starts Wednesday 12 May 2021
  • Limited places will be available (by a quick expression of interest)
  • Apply by 3 May 2021
  • FREE

Dedicate time this year to getting a hold of your public profile, your legal questions, your insurance, your finances, your tax, pricing your work and business planning.

There’s also vital sessions on funding, the arts ecology, understanding and respecting Aboriginal culture, working in arts and health and wellbeing tools for artists.

Complete the course* (minimum 9 sessions) and we’ll shout you a one-year membership of ArtsHub.

Springboard offers 12 offers sessions of professional development for artists and creative practitioners from all parts of the cultural and creative industries who are running a professional enterprise. Each session will run on Zoom for one and a half hours (maybe a little longer in a couple of cases) on Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 7.30pm from May to August 2021.

These will not be sit-and-listen webinars – these are workshops delivered online with opportunity to ask questions and share your own experiences and (hopefully) interact as a cohort of regionally-based practitioners.


Springboard is open to creatives in all art forms.

For people working professionally or wanting to step up to work professionally in the arts and creative industries.

For the people who know they have gaps (big or small) in their arts business skills.

Open only to people living in the NSW Central West local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.


Weekly on Wednesday nights (6pm to 7.30pm)

Starting Wednesday 12 May 2021.

Where and how

Delivered online via Zoom.

The course
Week Topic Presenter

Wed 12 May


Understanding the bigger picture of the arts ecology

This session will provide an overview of the arts ecology in NSW and Australia. It will help you to know who the government departments are, which service organisations offer support in the arts and how they can help you. It will include a look at the different structures that artists and arts workers work within, and ways to strengthen your engagement with the sector.

Tracey Callinan (Arts OutWest)

Wed 19 May

Arts and Law: Copyright

Creating art means creating copyright. Let us walk you through owning and using your copyright, knowing your moral rights as well as creating copyright with other people. This session uses practical examples, case studies from artists’ experiences and hypothetical scenarios to help make copyright accessible and, dare we say, fun for creatives. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms

Suzanne Derry (Arts Law)

Wed 26 May

What’s it Worth?

Working out what to charge for your creative work can be a nightmare. Where to even start? What’s It Worth covers the basics of figuring out your price point, including working out your budgets, and then moves on to the psychology of pricing, understanding the marketplace, creating loss leaders and more. A vital workshop for anyone struggling to understand the value of their own work.

Monica Davidson (Creative Plus Business)

Wed 2 June

Understanding and respecting Aboriginal culture in your creative practice

Wiradjuri artist and AOW’s Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale will discuss Aboriginal protocols. She will present approaches on how to work respectfully on country and with Aboriginal artists.

Aleshia Lonsdale (Arts OutWest)
5. Wed 9 June Your public profile and your online presence

This session addresses some of the basic marketing and public profile needs of creatives: your CV, bio and headshots and writing artist statements. The use of websites, social media sharing your work online and selling online will all be covered.

Maryanne Jaques, Steven Cavanagh, Madi Young

Wed 16 June

Tax Time for Artists

Tax is a necessary pain and managing your tax obligations as a creative means getting your money stuff in order. It’s not fun, but a few simple tips and tricks (and a friendly face) can help. Tax Time for Creatives covers the basics of tax, the key creative tax rulings you need to know, working out hobby vs business, simple tips for deductions and recording keeping, cloud accounting, and where to get more help. We also introduce the Groovy Accountants. Take the terror out of tax!

Monica Davidson (Creative Plus Business)

Wed 23 June


Wed 30 June

Arts and Law: Contracts

Understanding your contract means gives you have the power to negotiate a better deal or get out of a bad contract. This session takes you through how to make and negotiate a contract and some of the key terms to look out for in those agreements. This session is relevant to all creatives and artists across all art forms. We’ll guide you to useful templates and explain how to get legal advice on those. [+Optional: As a participant in this workshop, you will receive a free Arts Law template contract]

Suzanne Derry (Arts Law)
8. 7 July Managing your finances and insurance

Accountant, consultant and manager Amanda Spalding will take participants through the essentials in ensuring your financials are managed while a Finsura staff member will talk you through the way insurance works for artists.

Amanda Spalding (Arts OutWest); Finsura

Wed 14 July

Funding in the arts and creative industries

This workshop covers the different types of funding available to those working in the arts and creative industries and gives tips on how to write a successful grant application, how to manage the funding and how to acquit it when finished.

Tracey Callinan

Wed 21 July

Working in other sectors: arts and health and cross sector collaboration

For some people, using their art skills in health settings can be a rewarding way of earning more income. Other examples include working in environmental projects, prisons, education and others. Arts OutWest staff will share our experience of building partnerships and linking to other sectors.

Christine McMillan; Fran Charge; Aleshia Lonsdale; Tracey Callinan

Wed 28 July

Business planning: Bringing it all together

Working through seven steps that draw of a wide range of areas within business management, this session will result in participants walking away with a one page business plan to guide their next steps.

Anthony Doyle and Hayley Barrett (Business HQ)

Wed 4 August


Wellbeing for artists

A successful creative business need healthy creative practitioners. This workshop will help participants to identify and use ways of implementing self-care to look after their own wellbeing.

Lifeline Central West; Kate Smith (Arts OutWest)
Break of 4 weeks

Wed 25 August

Final wrap us session

Reflecting on what has been learnt and the next steps for the members of The Springboard cohort

The presenters

Aleshia Lonsdale (Arts OutWest)

Aleshia is a proud Wiradjuri woman based Mudgee in Central Western NSW. As the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer for Arts OutWest she sees the Arts not only a vehicle for intergenerational cultural transmission but also as a tool which allows the audience to view the world through a First Nations lens. Aleshia is responsible for advocating and supporting Aboriginal Artists and Communities across the region, providing advice and assistance and supporting skill development opportunities. She also curates the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery at Hartley which is a gallery for contemporary Aboriginal Arts from across the region.

Amanda Spalding

Amanda has been a senior manager in the public sector in England and NSW for over 30 years. Amanda was the General Manager of Hay Shire Council in the Riverina and has been the Deputy General Manager or a Director of Sydney Councils Parramatta, Manly, Rockdale and Fairfield and of North Lincolnshire Council in the UK. Amanda has also been an Executive Director and Chief Information Officer in the NSW Government, and a Director of TAFE NSW.

Anthony Doyle (Business HQ)

A business strategist, with a background in Design and Importing, Anthony has worked in some of Australia’s best known companies and worked in Global retail buying capacity including product strategy for the five largest retailers in Australia.

Christine McMillan (Arts OutWest)

Christine McMillan is Arts and Health Coordinator. Christine’s focus is to provide the opportunity to engage in the arts, for residents, staff and carers in health and aged care settings. This engagement benefits wellbeing by keeping people connected, engaged and active. Christine is a visual artist, she was a director of Cementa for 5 years and has a background in visual arts teaching. She delights in presenting visual arts workshops and organising music and performance programs in residential care settings.


Finsura is an insurance company with specialist knowledge of the arts and creative industries.

Fran Charge (Arts OutWest)

An appointed member of the Board of Arts OutWest and current Chair, Fran is also a member of the AOW Advisory Council as a representative of Oberon Council. Fran is a committed, enthusiastic and ethical professional with over 30+ years of experience in roles across the Education, Arts, Health and Tourism Sectors. With strong team leadership, communication and negotiation skills, Fran has the ability to demonstrate empathy and resilience. Her many skills include the developing and implementing new initiatives within community groups and work places, while successfully delivering numerous arts projects.

Hayley Barrett (Business HQ)

A specialist digital advisor, Hayley has an extensive background in branding, marketing, digital strategy and business modelling. Working both locally and internationally in the start-up sector, Hayley is at the cutting edge of digital business solutions and digital business models. With an accomplished marketing background in National Media, Hayley is substantially experienced at digital communication techniques.

Kate Smith (Arts OutWest)

Kate Smith(PhD) is an independent performing artist and actress with over twenty years’ experience creating, writing and touring comedic works for stage.  She is a qualified and registered Senior Yoga and meditation teacher, retreat leader and creative mentor. Kate has a unique insight into the highs and lows of living a rich creative life and combines her skills in health and wellbeing to support her career drawing on 20 years of yoga and meditation practice and facilitation.

Lifeline Central West

Lifeline Central West’s territory covers 1/3 of rural, regional NSW delivering telephone crisis support, problem gambling help counselling & financial counselling through offices in Bathurst, Orange & Dubbo. Lifeline Central West enjoys strong community support in its ongoing campaign to address the rural suicide crisis, mental health issues, domestic and family violence and a wide range of other issues that exist within the broader community.

Madi Young (The Corner Store Gallery, Orange)

Madeline is a practising artist living and working in Orange, NSW. Madeline completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle in 2009. She has since worked as the artist in residence at an educational institution from 2010 – 2014. Madeline is the owner and Director of The Corner Store Gallery in East Orange which opened in 2014. Through the gallery she hopes to share her love of all types of art and design. Madeline also teaches regular workshops covering a range of materials and mediums ranging from watercolour techniques, crochet and weaving through to jewellery-making.

Maryanne Jaques (Arts OutWest)

Maryanne joined Arts OutWest as Communications Officer in 2007 and clearly loves it so much she’s still here. She switched to part-time in 2016 and now job-shares the position. Maryanne has a background in festivals, events and performing arts across admin, production and marketing. Maryanne has experience in managing content and writing for magazines, online, radio, TV and the stage.

Monica Davidson (Creative Plus Business)

Monica Davidson is the Doyenne of Creative Plus Business. She is the lead business advisor for C+B, key consultant and conducts most of their workshops. Monica loves working with more experienced businesses and arts organisations. She is C+B’s keynote specialist and the loudest person in the office. She adores salty language, and has no idea where the tea towels live, even after all this time.

Steven Cavanagh (Arts OutWest)

Steven Cavanagh is an artist, curator and educator who works across multiple arts organisations in NSW. Steven now works for Arts OutWest as part-time Communications Officer and job shares the position. He brings a strong background in graphic design to the role. Highlights include the thrill of live radio, writing a weekly arts column for the Western Advocate, supporting talented and diverse regional artists, curating exhibitions, running workshops and creating a network of Media Associates across our region. Steven has a BFA, Hons, MFA in Photomedia. He is a lecturer at the National Art School and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He was a board member with the ACP from 2016-2019 and currently sits on several regional arts advisory panels.

Suzanne Derry (Arts Law) Suzanne Derry is the Senior Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, where she has worked for over 10 years. Suzanne has worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. Suzanne provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and providing practical advice across a range of arts areas.

Tracey Callinan (Arts OutWest) Tracey has been the Executive Director at Arts OutWest since 2009. She strongly believes in the ability of arts and culture to support regional communities through their economic, cultural and social value. She enjoys bringing people together and facilitating partnerships and collaborations both within the arts and with other sectors. Tracey returned to the NSW central west region after managing arts and creativity programs at Creative Partnerships with Arts Council England, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Future Music in Adelaide, as well as having worked extensively as a teacher and a musician in various parts of the world. She sits on numerous advisory boards and panels and is a board member of Lifeline Central West.


Arts OutWest will accept a limited number of participants into the Springboard cohort, so that we can keep the sessions interactive and they can learn from the presenter but also from each other and the questions they ask. Members of the cohort receive the training sessions for free, but they must commit to attending a minimum of 6 sessions. The expectation is that those attending the sessions will be active participants.

Three of the sessions are compulsory (Session 2: Arts and Law: Copyright; Session 6: Tax for Artists; Session 11: Business Planning). If any artists or creative practitioners want to be part of the cohort but really can’t do one of those sessions, they can contact us to negotiate a way of covering that content.


If we have spare places in any session, we will offer those places to the general public for free in the week before the session on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

There’s a reward

Complete 9 of the 12 weekly sessions and we’ll shout you a one-year membership of Arts Hub (value $149).

Those participants that complete at least 9 sessions of the 12 Springboard sessions will receive a reward. In the interests of being professionally linked in, Arts OutWest has worked with ArtsHub to offer a 12 month membership to ArtsHub, the leading Australian arts website that informs subscribers about arts jobs, opportunities and news.

How to apply

We are asking people to put in a very short expression of interest.

Expressions of interest close Monday 3 May

Download the application form

Return expressions of interest to marked ‘Springboard application’ to


This program is proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Arts Restart, Arts OutWest’s core funding with generous in-kind support from many of our presenters.

A course of online training sessions for creatives covering all those arts business things you really need to know.

Location:  Regional – online

When: 2021

Funded by: The NSW Government’s Arts Restart; Arts OutWest core funds

Presenters: Creative Plus Business, Arts Law, Biz HQ, Madi Young (The Corners Store Gallery Orange), Finsura, Arts OutWest staff.