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Professional Development and Business Skills Seminar Programme for Artists


29 MAY – 10 JULY

WEDNESDAYS 12:30 – 2:30pm


Each seminar aims to be very practical, provide clear pointers, steps to follow, real world examples and or practical ‘how to guides’ in specific arts development and business skills.

Participants will be given links to other resources as well as a hand outs of seminar notes.

Strand 1 - Professional development

The following seminars are aimed at graduates and emerging artists/practitioners/freelancers and or new companies in theatre, film, visual arts.

  • Arts Funding & Grant Writing

  • Project Planning and writing proposals

  • Negotiating contracts

Strand 2 - Business Skills – Upskilling

The following seminars are aimed at more established practitioners running your own business/company (i.e Theatre, dance, film, photographers, designers, illustrators or fine artists) that are looking to upskill in specific areas, or perhaps have a creative product you want to develop.

  • Business structure & tax know how

  • Entrepreneurial thinking

  • Accounting & budgeting essentials


29 May
12:30 – 2:30pm

Arts Funding & Grant Writing

Gain more knowledge of specific arts funding areas offered through Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand. Go over specific funding guidelines and get tips and advice from someone who writes applications to trusts, foundations, city councils and Creative New Zealand.

Facilitators: Humphrey Tait & Kereama Te Ua - Advisers - Funding Services (Creative New Zealand), Felicity Birch - Senior Arts Advisor (Wellington City Council) and Claire O’Loughlin - arts and social services grants writer and theatre maker.


5 June
1 - 2:30pm

Business Structure & Tax Know How

Learn which business structure best fits your needs depending on whether you’re set up as a sole trader, self-employed, a company, partnership or charitable trust. Get up to date on basic tax know how, (either when it comes to paying tax for yourself, your business or contractors.) This seminar will cover basic income tax requirements, GST, withholding tax.

Facilitator/s: Thomas Lahood - Marketing Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Head Clown (Barbarian Productions) & Cameron Goldsmid - CEO (Outside Accounting) This seminar promises to be both entertaining and informative as Cameron will play the straight talking accountant while Thomas translates into artspeak specific to independent artists and organisations.


12 June
12:30 – 2:30pm

Project Planning and Writing Proposals

Define your project objectives, scope, audience, organisation structure, timelines and essential planning steps, health and safety considerations.

Facilitator/s:  Amanda Hereaka – Arts Practice Director, ‘Theatre, Dance & Festivals' (CNZ) and  Katie Taylor-Duke – Senior Arts Advisor ‘Projects’ (Wellington City Council)


26 June
12:30 – 2:30pm

Negotiating Contracts

Sustainability as a professional independent artist: upskill on negotiating contracts, saying no, and choosing projects which improve your financial and mental wellbeing.

Facilitator: Jo Randerson - Artistic Director (Barbarian Productions)


3 July
12:30 – 2:30pm

Entrepreneurial Thinking

Get up to speed on relevant tech tools that are useful for creatives, develop your entrepreneurial mind-set and gain insight into potential alternative income streams.

Facilitator: Logan Elliott – Entrepreneur and Managing Director (Highly Flammable)


10 July
12:30 – 2:30pm

Accounting & Budgeting Essentials

Budget lay out, Excel basics, creative budgeting, CNZ budget template, budget tips and practical advice, basic accounting tasks, using Xero and working with small business accountants.

Facilitator/s: Thomas Lahood - Marketing Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Head Clown (Barbarian Productions) & Cameron Goldsmid - CEO (Outside Accounting) Thomas -  and Cameron are back to deliver another madcap but equally informative session tailored to independent artists and organisations.


$20 per seminar

Special deal: book all 6 seminars for $100

All seminars are limited to 18 places.

In order to secure a place you must pay in advance.

Bookings must be made in person at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre reception. Payments must be received in full a week before each seminar. Unfortunately we currently have no online or internet payment facility.

Reception booking hours are Mon – Fri 10:30am – 7:30pm and Sat & Sun 10:30am – 3:30pm

For more information or to register your interest in the seminars - please e-mail:

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