ArtsAction to support creative sector

Posted 23 January 2020

ArtsAction to support creative sector

In partnership with Pop Up Art, Golden Plains Shire Council is excited to launch its new initiative to support and foster the local creative industry – ArtsACTION.

ArtsACTION is a free upskilling and professional development program for Golden Plains artists and creatives. The program will provide online and face-to-face training, as well as practical opportunities to activate career pathways, broaden networks and build market reach.
The ArtsACTION program will run from February to September 2020, and all artists, creatives and arts workers are invited to participate in the two components of the program; an email course and workshops.

The six-part email course will provide inspiration and practical information to get artists and creatives thinking and taking action to develop their creative career. Once signed-up to the course, participants will receive one email each week with part of the course, and can sign-up at any time.
The second component of the program will feature three half-day workshops for artists and creatives to connect and strengthen networks, encourage market-readiness and broaden reach.

The workshops will be held across the Shire from May to August.
Workshop 1: Being Market Ready
12.30 to 4.30pm, Thursday 7 May, The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.
Workshop 2: Working Together Effectively
12.30 to 4.30pm, Thursday 30 July, Meredith Community Centre, 4 Russell Street, Meredith.
Workshop 3: Digital Communities
12.30 to 4.30pm, Thursday 27 August, Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High Street, Bannockburn.

Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey, who announced the new program at the Creative Wanderings launch, says ArtsACTION is a practical program to support the local creative community.
“Golden Plains Shire is home to many creative-minded residents, and programs like ArtsACTION will help ensure that our creative community in regional Victoria does not get left behind in the growth of Victoria’s creative industries.”
“I’m really excited to see how this new program will help the local creative sector in Golden Plains Shire.”
“In delivering this program, Council is proud to partner with Pop Up Art, which has been a strong advocate for central Victorian artists in recent years.”

More information on the ArtsACTION program, including how to register, is available at

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