Welcome to Help Desk.
This is a virtual portal that helps you develop your professional creative practice. Simply submit an enquiry via the online form, telling us what you would like help with, and one of our friendly creative mentors will contact you for a 40-minute virtual meeting, where you can pick their brains and get experienced industry advice- for free!
Help Desk is open from the 15th of June – 7th of August and operates on a first-in, best-dressed policy. So get in touch now, before the program opens, to secure yourself a meeting.
This program is open to all creative disciplines and can assist with almost anything;
- Negotiating contracts and writing agreements
- Forming relationships with galleries, festivals and presenters
- Documenting and archiving projects and up-keeping websites.
- Pitching, touring (metropolitan and regional) and writing proposals
- Production, procurement processes and working with specialised contractors
- Running your practice as a small business
- Intellectual property, copyright and the law
- Navigating institutions, museums, councils and permits
- Strategic planning for artists
- Forming international collaborations
- Cultural protocol and first nations representation
- Budgets, acquittals and what to do next
- Mental health, resilience and balancing work/life
- Providing critical feedback on creative work
Or maybe something we don’t even have listed here! We can also help connect you with another service or point you in the right direction. We are also building an open-access portal full of great resources.
Whatever it is, Help Desk is here to help you develop the tools you need for your creative practice to thrive in this turbulent world.
Got a question first? Sure, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Creative Mentors
Erin Milne is an independent producer whose practice is deeply driven by a passion for contemporary and experimental art that speaks to the here and now. Erin is a producing and curatorial associate of Experimenta Media Arts and Punctum Live Arts and sessional lecturer at Deakin University.
Jedda Andrews is a Producer, Creative Producer and Project Manager with a particular passion for assisting young women in the creative industries and supporting people with language and learning issues. Jedda co-founded ‘Ian Strange Studio’ with visual artist Ian Strange, whom she has been working with for over a decade.
Erica McCalman is a producer, project and production manager with Ballardong (Noongar), Irish convict, Scottish, and Cornish heritage. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.
Arie Rain Glorie
Arie Rain Glorie is a curator and artist based in Naarm Melbourne. As a curator Arie experiments with exhibition-making, events and audience engagement. He is the program director and curator of Testing Grounds and the curator and co-founder of the Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation.