Making it in Moreland - free professional development series for creatives

Making it in Moreland - free professional development series for creatives

A series of six workshops and training sessions for Moreland creatives.

Making it in Moreland hosts a series of free discussions and workshops addressing key themes and questions for artists, musicians, makers and arts professionals in today's creative climate.

From investing in art to creative writing, health in the music business to networking and understanding white privilege, if you are trying to Make it in Moreland these events offer a dynamic addition to your professional development, along with a great opportunity to meet other creative practitioners in your area.

Making it in Moreland Program Summer 2016

Investing in Art 

With Michael Fox, Accountant, Fine Art Valuer and Gallery Owner


Tuesday 15 November 2016, 6 – 8 pm

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick


Art is the ultimate personal statement. Building a collection will reflect your tastes at various stages of your life. Buying your first artwork can be a magical experience but as your collection grows, the art you acquire will also become a financial investment. Join Michael Fox as he provides insights into what astute buyers should be looking for when they purchase their first artwork.  For art professionals, Michael will discuss how to reach buyers, the importance of inscribing your work, how editions work and strategic decisions to think about before starting a collection. The presentation will include a case study on collecting. 

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The Truth About Writing

With Catherine Deveny, Writer, Comedian, Author, Social Commentator


Tuesday 22November 2016, 6 – 8 pm

Mechanics Institute Studio, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick


Want to write? Got a memoir, novel, screenplay or blog in your back drawer? Need to get ‘unstuck’? Catherine Deveny's going to stop you from being your own roadblock and get you writing. With humour and passion, she explains the struggles all writers face and reveals how to overcome them. Whether you’re already published or just starting out, writing for others or purely for self-expression, Catherine has the tips, tricks, techniques and honest truths to get you writing. You’ll learn how creativity is like a vending machine, how writing is like a magnet and how not to die with your light inside you. Wait no longer – smash through procrastination and fear and get those words on the page!

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Intercambio: A Conversation Between Two Trains 

Thursday 24 November, 6 – 9 pm

Jewell Station, Brunswick


Examining the character of rail infrastructure and the experience of the journey to explore and understand expanded sites for social engagement, dialogue and learning in an intercultural context. Working with the Havana Biennial in Cuba, the project involves a series of active art projects in Australia and Cuba based on or around the Hershey Train, Havana and the Upfield Railway Line, Melbourne. Intercambio aims to facilitate a conversation between communities in Havana and Melbourne to explore the challenge not only of geographical distance but also language, culture, social system and urban planning differences. A train provides not only physical transport but in this project it also becomes a site for a series of interchange points for both communities to build relationships from afar, drawing on their separate and shared experiences. Researchers: Dr Geoff Hogg, Damian Smith, Fiona Hillary, Riza Manalo, Ping Yan (Amy), Molly Braddon.

This discussion will be followed by the MoreArt bloc party.

See the MoreArt website for project updates and visiting times

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The Art of Radical Listening

Presented by cohealth Arts Generator

With Liss Gabb, Wani La Frere, Geskeva Komba, Akimera Burckhardt Bedeau, Ez Eldin Deng, Yung Philly and Mary Quinsacara

Monday 28 November 2016, 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Coburg Courthouse, 1A Main Street, Coburg


The Art of Radical Listening unpacks the bumpy business of understanding white privilege and unconscious bias through an experience that is part performance, part conversation and part collective reflection. The workshop commences a conversation concerning the way the dominant white culture in this country maintains its position of power.

The workshop process is designed and delivered by young artist facilitators of colour. The facilitators reference their lived experiences of discrimination as the starting point for the conversation. The workshop explores subtle forms of discrimination that non-white Australians experience regularly in education settings, work places and in service delivery environments.

The Art of Radical Listening draws on theories of empathic practice, the power of live performance, and contemporary cultural studies of whiteness and white fragility.

This session is for anyone looking for self-insight and improvement in how we relate to each other.

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Your Health in the Music Industry 

With Cash Savage, Susan Cooper, Greg ‘Clanger’ Kleynjans and Catherine Haridy


Tuesday 29 November 2016, 6.30 – 8 pm

Wick Rehearsal Studios, 23 – 25 Leslie Street, Brunswick


Stress, anxiety, drugs, alcohol, lack of sleep, self-doubt, creative frustration, unhealthy food, financial struggle, hearing loss, rejection, self-medication, life on the road – who’s looking after you? The top runner for this position is you. Learn from peers, industry insiders and health experts about positive steps you can take to ensure you maintain your health in the short and long term working in the music industry.

Presented in partnership with Music Victoria. Supported by Wick Rehearsal Studios.

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Driving Art: Networking Event 

Saturday 3 December 2016, 2 – 4.30 pm

Workroom 2, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick


What drives us to create, produce and support the arts? If you are a creative practitioner in Moreland, would like to develop an arts project there or simply make new connections, come along to this informal networking event. Hear from local arts practitioners as they share what drives them socially, politically and personally to work in the arts, followed by an interactive session for you to share ideas, talk about what motivates you and form future working partnerships.

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Events are free but bookings are essential. 

Suitable for

Artists, musicians, writers, makers, designers, teachers, creative practitioners, event managers and arts professionals


Moreland City Council
Emma Hutchinson, Arts and Culture
Phone: 9384 9239

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