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Image: The Owls of Nebraska, creative development, 2018 

 

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.

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

 

Who you can talk to:

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.

 

Image: Erin Milne, photo by Sarah Walker

 

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in using Help Desk please submit this form and we will get back to you ASAP. If you have any questions you can email us at testing-grounds@theprojects.com.au and we are very happy to point you in the right direction.

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PLEASE READ AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I understand that Regional Help Desk is a free program for the creative and professional development of independent creative practitioners and companies and is not a support line for urgent help, personal crisis or financial assistance.

If you are experiencing a crisis you should call Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia on 13 11 14.

Help Desk takes no legal responsibilities for any actions that you may take after consulting with us. The information we give is friendly advice and they are not instructions.

Testing Grounds decides whether the assistance they provide is on-off or on-going on a case-by-case basis. We may not be able to assist when we are not provided with enough clarity of information. If this is the case we will tell you what needs further development.

Testing Grounds may refuse service to anyone promoting content that is racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic or culturally insensitive in any way.

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It might take us up to 5 working days to get back to you.

We do not provide letters of support or produce projects.

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