Sunday, November 28, 2010

Earning their keep

My quest for a new approach, a questioning of the current models and greater support for artists continues. A recent conversation with a prolific Tasmanian artist reinforced the need to look differently at the current situation in Australia.
Her comments in response to the need to develop her presence on the internet and learn the associated skills were...
'It's just too hard and so I freeze. I do nothing.'
She has already attempted an e-connect course through Tourism Tasmania. This is a great option for those who have the skills, resources and motivation. But if you are a practicing artist who contributes to the community, volunteers, runs workshops, produces work, plans exhibitions and strives to get something on the table at the end of the day, I wonder if there is another way of doing this better.
Imagine if we could connect them with a person with those skills.
'I have spent far too much time doing the business rather than doing my work'.
'I don't want to do it. I spend hours and it's still not working'.
It's tough asking these individual artists to pay for my services, as they are already earning so little. Part of my work is about exploring the options and perhaps the best option is for us as a culture to better support individual artists by investing in what they do well.
My work for Tasmanian Regional Arts has supported this approach, with minimal investment gaining excellent outcomes for the individuals and groups involved.
Let's see if any of this ripples through to the art funding bodies-I do hope so.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


I have finally got over the jet lag after being in the US for a week blogging at the World Social Enterprise Conference 2010 in San Francisco. Public art everywhere and a highlight was going to SFMOMA (Museum of Modern Art) to see works by Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Lichenstein and Jeff Koons - Michael Jackson and chimp statue. Gawdy but great!

So, does Social Enterprise have anything to offer the arts. I think so.
In fact art is often a key ingredient and engagement tool for working with some of the most disadvantaged people and communities throughout the world. It has also served as a mechanism for profiling cultural issues, such as current exhibition to raise funds to save 10 Murray Street in Hobart.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Tasmania is home to many artists who have firm roots in the state that offers amazing inspiration through the coastlines, flora and fauna. Gay Hawkes is a sculptor, teacher and mentor with a wealth of skills, knowledge and incredible ideas forged from a lifetime of incredible experiences. Travelling between Tas to Brisbane to Melbourne, Gay is currently working on a series of exciting projects.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Naomi Howard is an accomplished visual artist living at Sommers Bay, about 40 minutes from Hobart.  Her beautiful and tranquil studio looks over the bay and is home to Artless Gallery; a which houses works from regional artists.

With a passion for the earth and desire to understand her own environment, Naomi's work is a celebration of her heart felt relationship with the land which travels from central Australia to Southern Tasmania.

Artless Gallery, 581 Sommers Bay RoadMurdunnaTasmania 7178. Well worth the drive. Go for the day, take your bathers and a picnic and enjoy the Gallery, Garden and fantastic views. Telephone: +61 3 6253 5570

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