Working as an artist isn’t just about making work – it’s important to understand the arts as an industry and to understand this ecosystem alongside your creative practice. Producer, curator and programmer Naomi Velaphi is an expert on both, having worked as a producer both independently and for well-established art organisations. In this masterclass, Naomi will deliver a crash course on becoming a slashie – an artist/producer. With a focus on market development and understanding the local arts landscape, including how to identify and connect with collaborators, venues, and funders to support your work, this masterclass is a must for any artist wanting to move into producing to support their own work or the work of others in the community.
Naomi is an arts producer born on Whadjuk Noongar country, residing in Naarm (Melbourne). She strives to nurture artists’ work and practices exploring alternative narratives, radical thought and deep connection. Centered on producing the work of contemporary, diverse and interdisciplinary artists her experience spans working for and amongst galleries, festivals and performance spaces. She is currently the Program Producer for the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM). She has held producing roles for a number of arts institutions including Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, The Abbotsford Convent and Koorie Heritage Trust. Through her independent practice she aims to unearth honest and generous collaborations between artists, producers, curators and presenters and create pathways for new work creation. Her curatorial interests are derived through her experiences as a woman of African and Asian identities and the communities she represents. She holds a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, is a part of the Australia Council Arts Leadership Program and sits on the board of leading sound organisation Liquid Architecture.
When: Thursday 05 August 2021
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Flexi Room 3, The Bowery Theatre, 33 Princess Street St Albans.