We love sharing our expertise about creative business, and none more so than our Doyenne (and resident Show Pony) Monica. Here are a few of her appearances over the years at various conferences, training events and even on the telly, as well as videos from some of our larger events.
In 2019 we hosted our third annual Vivid Ideas event at the MCA, entitled GRAD SHOW. Hosted by our own Wendi Lanham, and featuring speakers from across the creative industries including Joel Jackson, we discussed the difficult journey of graduates from creative arts degrees once they leave studies and pursue their craft in the ‘real world’.
In 2018 we presented a panel about sustaining a career for more than 25 years called The Long Haul. Veterans from the Australia creative industries, including actress Penny Cook and author John Birmingham, discussed how they had maintained their practice for three decades (and more).
Monica ran the online Art Business Basics course for the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) for many years. In this video Monica discusses what it’s like to run your art practice as a business and gives some advice to artists.
Smart Arts is for the Hunter region’s emerging and established artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionals, managers and leaders. In 2015 Monica returned to her home town of Newcastle to present a workshop, and be put on the spot about her career and creativity by Christina Gerakiteys, the Business Centre’s Creative Industries Business.
Vibewire is an organisation that believes young people should “create the future, not just inherit it”. Part of their work includes fastBREAK, a monthly talk for young people around any topic. In June 2014 the theme was Somewhere I Belong– No matter where you are from, everyone has a place to call home. monica shared her own thoughts about belonging.
Her-story was a 2017 exhibition of six Australian emerging female artists sharing their stories and art, in conjunction with a number of events addressing gender equality and female empowerment hosted by Felicity O’Connor. Monica was a workshop presenter for the event, and this interview explains her point of view.
The NSW Department of Industry funds the Business Connect program, one of our offerings, and they asked Monica for her Top Three Tips for Business. This was filmed the day after we won the award for Outstanding Delivery of the Service. Go team!
The City of Sydney Business 101 seminars are designed for both existing and budding small business owners who aren’t sure where to start, or may just need some advice on how to take the next step to grow. Monica presented her Business Basics to a packed house of keen creatives looking to take that next step.
As part of VIVID Ideas Sydney, Monica opened a panel discussion for Games start ups and asked the question – You’re amazing, you have a great idea – now what?