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Regional Help Desk: Virtual Professional Development Program


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Are you based in regional Victoria? Help Desk has been extended until December 2020. It’s for everyone: if you need mentoring around an arts-related question, please get in touch.

East Gippsland artist collective The Owls of Nebraska undertaking a creative development at Testing Grounds, 2018 

Welcome to Help Desk.

This is a virtual portal for anyone wanting help to develop their 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 now through to December 2020 and operates on a first-in, best-dressed policy. Meetings are held via online video-conferencing or phone. If you have specific access needs, please let us know and we can arrange the mechanism that works best for you.

Who has used Help Desk?

In the first four months of the program, we’ve heard from artists from all creative disciplines, from all around Australia, with questions like:

  • How can I move into a more ‘professional’ realm with my art?
  • How do I generate momentum around my practice?
  • Is there a better way for me to balance the admin and creative demands of being an artist?
  • How can I form strong relationships with galleries, festivals and presenters?
  • What are the best approaches to budgets and other financial systems?
  • Can I get some critical feedback on my blog, website or creative work?

“Help Desk was realistic, tailored to my situation, and above and beyond what I could have thought of myself. Really invaluable help – I feel ready to take the next step on my project”.

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 testing-grounds@theprojects.com.au

Meet our Creative Mentor

Erin Milne

Erin Milne is an independent producer whose practice, Bureau of Works, is deeply driven by a passion for contemporary and experimental art that speaks to the here and now. Erin is also a producing and curatorial associate of Experimenta Media Arts and Punctum Live Arts and sessional lecturer at Deakin University.


Photo by Sarah Walker

Open-access portal

We also have an open-access portal of resources that you can use to develop your professional practice. It has resources and worksheets and great tips.

The following supporters endorse Help Desk as a free service:

Regional Arts Victoria – Theatre Network Australia – Blindside Gallery – Siteworks – Next Wave – Science Gallery Melbourne – Malthouse Theatre – National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) – Creative Victoria – Platform Arts – Footscray Community Arts Centre – Pro Prac Podcast