As artists, we are always looking for outlets where we can show our art. One of these outlets that can provide multiple opportunities is our local council.
These opportunities are usually only open to artists that live within the council or shire boundaries. Opportunities that we can find include
- exhibition opportunities
- public art opportunities
- studio space
- Artist in Residence programs
- prizes and awards
- art trails
- artist Networks
- involvement in community projects
- professional and practice development workshops
Our councils need to provide these opportunities for artists as they are committed (or should be) to creating employment, bringing tourism, and promotion of festivals etc.
Some councils have rooms withing historic buildings that are available for rent if we want to put on our own art show. There are several arts and crafts fairs held each year that are supported and advertised by councils. Renting a space in the fair could be a way to display our artwork for sale economically.
If you are an artist that has an ABN, there are chances to tender for the contract to deliver artwork for a council event, celebration or to beautify the locale.
To get started, contact your local councils Art Coordinator or Cultural Development Officer.